I’m loving this series…!
Genre Fiction (Fantasy)
Sunday 4th August – Saturday 14th September (42 days)
7 morning, 11 afternoon, 9 evening, 2 night.
The second book in the series… I loved this book! I have had a really busy month and I have wanted nothing more than to sit and read this book for hours, but no chance to do so… I had a weekend in Spain and a weekend off in bed and ill, where I did nothing but read this book and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Before you go any further… *SPOILERS AHEAD!*
We follow on from the end of the first book with 5 different kings vying for the top spot, and fighting the civil war… Joffrey, Stannis Baratheon, Renly Baratheon, Robb Stark and Balon Greyjoy. The land is divided, and despite Tyrion Lannister’s best efforts, the land is in disarray with the people divided. We see magic coming into the story much more, with dragons, walking dead people, murderous shadows and more. Across the sea, Daenerys Targaryen is still trying to find an army and passage back to the Seven Kingdoms to join the war, along with her newborn dragons. We see Jon Snow and the rest of the Nightwatch head north beyond the wall to find out more about what is happening there with the Wildlings.
I love the structure of these books, with each chapter concentrating on one character at a time, jumping from different parts of the world to another, and telling the story from different viewpoints. My favourite characters are still Tyrion and Arya, Tyrion is becoming more and more likeable, and Arya is probably the one character I can get behind and root for the most. However, I am starting to like Daenerys more and more… and I love her story, turning from a shy little girl to a Queen. The story of Theon Greyjoy has been fantastic, I wanted to be on his side, I wanted him to do the right thing, and watching him fail, become prideful and jealous of his sister, and lose Winterfell and the respect of all the people there was a brilliant part of the story.
When I first started the first book, I was worried I would not be able to keep up with all the characters, and that their stories wouldn’t be told properly, and that we would miss out on character development. However, I am enjoying these books, with all the different characters and find them all very interesting. Even the lesser characters, such as the Hound, have been developed in this book, and I have found myself jumping from one chapter to the next excitedly turning pages to find out what’s happening!
My only slight issue with this book – I just didn’t believe the Bran and Rickon storyline and knew they weren’t dead. I think because the whole story of Bran’s third eye had been built up, it seemed weird to then kill them off, and I just couldn’t get behind this storyline. But it didn’t last long as we quickly learn the truth, and it was a tiny minor blip in an otherwise amazing story.
Next book: Q&A by Vikas Swarup