Posts Tagged A Song of Ice and Fire

A Dance with Dragons – George R. R. Martin

Worth the wait… but it *was* a long wait.

Stars: Five of five.

Review format: Summary and one comment.
Summary: In the aftermath of a colossal battle, the future of the Seven Kingdoms hangs in the balance once again–beset by newly emerging threats from every direction. In the east, Daenerys Targaryen, the last scion of House Targaryen, rules with her three dragons as queen of a city built on dust and death. But Daenerys has three times three thousand enemies, and many have set out to find her. Yet, as they gather, one young man embarks upon his own quest for the queen, with an entirely different goal in mind.To the north lies the mammoth Wall of ice and stone–a structure only as strong as those guarding it. There, Jon Snow, 998th Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch, will face his greatest challenge yet. For he has powerful foes not only within the Watch but also beyond, in the land of the creatures of ice.

And from all corners, bitter conflicts soon reignite, intimate betrayals are perpetrated, and a grand cast of outlaws and priests, soldiers and skinchangers, nobles and slaves, will face seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Some will fail, others will grow in the strength of darkness. But in a time of rising restlessness, the tides of destiny and politics will lead inevitably to the greatest dance of all. (from goodreads.)

Provenance: Family ebook

A Dance with Dragons. I read this for the first time in July 2011 because it was finally time to catch up on the series with the publication of this fifth book in the series.

So, why only four-and-a-half for this one? Punishment from me to GRRM for taking so long to write it, and scaring me. Ha ha just kidding, it’s five stars, because it’s worth it and George R R Martin is not your bitch.  I was very happy to find all the depth and surprising changes with this book because I’d hate for all the promise of the first four to fizzle out.

So, when the sixth book is published, I guess I will reread the series … again. Maybe not, though. There is enough summary info on wikipedia to refresh my memory other ways.  What about you – do you, can you, re-read these books?

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A Feast for Crows – George R. R. Martin

So much for Cersei.

Stars: Four and a half of five.

Review format: Summary and one comment.
Summary:The War of the Five Kings is coming to an end. Robb Stark, Joffrey Baratheon, Renly Baratheon, and Balon Greyjoy are all dead, and King Stannis Baratheon has gone to the aid of the Wall, where Jon Snow has become Lord Commander of theNight’s Watch. King Tommen Baratheon, Joffrey’s eight-year-old brother, now rules in King’s Landing under the watchful eye of his mother, the Queen Regent Cersei Lannister. Cersei’s father Tywin is dead, murdered by his son Tyrion, who has fled the city. With these two men gone, as well as no longer having to deal with Joffrey, there are no more checks on Cersei and she is essentially Ruling Queen of the Seven Kingdoms in all but name. Now that Cersei finally stands at the height of power and her enemies are scattered to the winds, in a grim irony it quickly becomes clear that she is incapable of wielding the power she has killed so many to acquire, and she spirals into self-destruction.Meanwhile, Sansa Stark is still in hiding in the Vale, protected by Petyr Baelish, who has secretly murdered his wife Lysa Arryn and named himself Protector of the Vale and guardian of eight-year-old Lord Robert Arryn. (snipped from the bloated summary on wikipedia)

Provenance: Family copy, reading for the first time, now that Dance with Dragon’s been published.

A Feast for Crows. I read this for the first time in July 2011 because it was finally time to catch up on the series with the publication of the fifth book. I’d gotten tired of all the characters dying, or not-dying, and stopped after book three.

So, why only four-and-a-half for book one? Umm, not sure why.  It’s really, really good.  Sansa continues to be annoying, and Cersei’s bumbling seemed a little out of character. Maybe I’d just expected too much from her.

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A Storm of Swords – George R. R. Martin

Yes, more dying ahead.

Stars: Five of five.

Review format: Just summary plus link.
Summary: A Storm of Swords picks up the story slightly before the end of its predecessor, A Clash of Kings. The Seven Kingdoms are still in the grip of the War of the Five Kings, with the remaining Robb Stark, Balon Greyjoy, Joffrey Baratheon, andStannis Baratheon fighting to secure their crowns. Stannis Baratheon’s attempt to take King’s Landing has been defeated by the new alliance between House Lannister (backing Joffrey) and House Tyrell. House Martell has also pledged its support to the Lannisters though the forces of Dorne have yet to take the field. Meanwhile, a large host of wildlings are marching toward the Wall under Mance Rayder, with only the tiny force of the Night’s Watch in its path; and in the distant east, Daenerys Targaryen is on her way back to Pentos, hoping to raise forces to retake the Iron Throne. (snipped from the bloated summary on wikipedia)
Provenance: owned it since it was first published hard-cover. Re-reading in prep for first-time read of books 4 and 5 in the series.

Storm of Swords. I re-read this in July 2011 because it was finally time to catch up on the series. I’d gotten tired of all the characters dying, or un-dying, and stopped after this third book.

So, why five stars? When only four-and-a-half for book one? Because with this book, Martin kept going. Important characters continue to die, the bad guys show good sides, good guys have to work really frikking hard to make any progress, and the world keeps getting bigger. Yes, again in this third book.

That being said, when book four was first published, my reaction was ‘more people are just going to die. I’ll get around to that later.’

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  • Denver SF club brings together some covers, summaries, and link reviews.

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A Clash of Kings – George R. R. Martin

More dying ahead.

Stars: Five of five.

Review format: Just a summary  plus links.
Summary: A Clash of Kings picks up where A Game of Thrones ended. The Seven Kingdoms of Westeros are plagued by civil war, while the Night’s Watch mounts a reconnaissance force north of the Wall to investigate the mysterious people, known as wildlings, who live there. Meanwhile, in the distant east, Daenerys Targaryen continues her quest to return to and conquer the Seven Kingdoms. All signs are foreshadowing the terrible disaster that is to come.. (snipped from the bloated summary on wikipedia)
Provenance: owned it since it was first published hard-cover. Re-reading in prep for first-time read of books 4 and 5 in the series.

Clash of Kings. I re-read this in July 2011 because it was finally time to catch up on the series. I’d gotten tired of all the characters dying, or not-dying, and stopped after book three.

So, why five stars? When only four-and-a-half for book one? Because with this book, Martin kept going. Important characters continue to die, the bad guys show good sides, good guys have to work really frikking hard to make any progress, and the world keeps getting bigger.

Links and other reviews   (added by me, not generated)

No shortage of reviews out there.  So many ‘well I would never read fantasy, but my boss/ girlfriend/ brother-in-law is such a fan’… sigh. So, here are some links you might not have come across…

  • How the covers evolved – a chat with the publisher. “I loved the idea of the new look, but there was some resistance to it at the time. The sketch, it was felt, was maybe a bit too quiet, not dramatic enough. I will never forget the moment, quaking with inner nerves, that I found myself deconstructing the cover for the Powers That Be, trying to defend what I felt were its merits. “Well, this guy, see, he has this sword, and he looks all angry, like he’s going to cut off this other guy’s head, and then there’s this woman…”

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