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A Dance With Dragons

This is a review of “A Dance With Dragons” by George R. R. Martin. It is the fifth book in A Song of Ice and Fire.

This book runs chronologically beside “A Feast For Crows“. It shows the viewpoints of characters in different geographical locales to “A Feast For Crows

SPOILER ALERT:
If you watch the show “Game of Thrones” and do not want to know anything about what the future holds for characters, then I suggest you hold off reading this review. The same goes if you are reading the novels. I would suggest reading this review after reading books one, two, three-1, three-2 and four.

Tyrion Lannister has escaped Westeros and King’s Landing, we’re he stands guilty of the murder of his father Tywin Lannister and accused of murdering his nephew King Joffrey Baratheon. He has sailed across the Narrow Sea and landed in Pentos, where he is the guest of the immensely fat Master Illyrio, friend to Varys the Spider and Queen Daenerys. Tyrion is not sure that he wants to go on living, but Illyrio has other plans for him.

Daenerys remains in the city of Meereen in Slaver’s Bay. A faction of angry Meereenese, unhappy with her rule and abolishment of slavery have been styling themselves as The Sons of the Harpy and have been murdering her soldiers and associates. This is not her only problem. Her dragons are growing ever larger, and so too are their appetites.

Jon Snow is the newly elected 998th Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch. He has found it to be a lonely and challenging position. He finds it to be extremely hard to accommodate King Stannis (without his help The Wall would have fallen to The Wildlings) without taking part in the matters of which The Night’s Watch should not. Melisandre, the red priestess has also been rather cryptic, warning Jon of unseen dangers to come.

Bran is still travelling with Hodor, Meera and Jojen following their mysterious guide. Bran wants to learn how to master his gift, but to do so he has to journey deep into the woods north of The Wall, and it’s not safe.

There are many more chapters from other characters, but I think I will leave those to be unfurled by you on your own.

My Thoughts:
I liked this book, it was great to find out the other side of the story of “A Feast for Crows”. I did find that it was not as fast-paced as some of the other novels in the series, and it took me a little longer to get through. My favourite book in the series would have to be Book 3 (both 3:1 and 3:2). I am looking forward to reading “The Winds of Winter” when it is released.

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A Feast For Crows

This is a review of “A Feast For Crows” by George R. R. Martin.
It is the fourth book in A Song of Ice and Fire.

This book chronologically follows the events of “A Storm of Swords: 2 Blood and Gold“. This book focuses on a specific set of characters and only certain locations in the Realm.

SPOILER ALERT:
I would highly recommend not reading this review if you watch Game of Thrones and you don’t want to know what’s coming. I would also recommend not reading this review if you are wanting to read the books chronologically with no surprises. This review should ideally be read after you have read books one, two and three-1/three-2.

On the Iron Isles, a King must be chosen after the death of Balon Greyjoy. Aeron Damphair, priest of the Drowned God and brother to Balon, has called for a kingsmoot. A meeting where the people of The Iron Isles will decide who will lead them.

Down in Dorne, the bastard daughters of Oberon Martell call for vengeance. They wish to hunt down their father’s murderer and declare war on the Iron Throne. Will their uncle Prince Doran Martell of Dorne aid them?

Cersei Lannister is Queen Regent. Her second son Tommen is the King of Westeros. Her father Tywin Lannister is Hand of the King.
Or rather he was.
Cersei is woken in the dark of the night to be told of her Father’s death. And not only has her father been murdered-and in an unsavory manner at that- but her brother Tyrion has escaped imprisonment…

Brienne of Tarth is looking for Sansa Stark. She is hoping to find the girl and keep her safe; for the sake of Sansa’s dead mother, Lady Catelyn Stark, and for the sake of Jaime, who wishes to keep his promise to Lady Stark.

Samwell Tarly is being sent away from The Wall. He is to travel to Oldtown to become a Maestar. He is scared and doesn’t want to go. Leaving with him will be Gilly, the wildling girl, her newborn babe and Maestar Aemon.

Arya Stark, having spoken the words bestowed upon her by Jaqen H’ghar, is on her way to Braavos. She doesn’t really have a plan, but she is hoping to find Jaqen there.

Ser Jaime Lannister is adjusting to life without a hand. He is always busy with the duties of being Lord Commander of the Kingsguard. Although being short one hand has its difficulties, it has woken Jaime up in a sense. He sees his sister in a whole new light…and she doesn’t look all that good.

While reading this book (and I am sure nearly everyone did this, and GRRM does address this at the end of the novel with a note to readers) I was like erm … this is great and everything and I have liked seeing chapters from new characters, and I liked that some old characters have been given a voice, but WHERE IS EVERYONE ELSE?

I am also very glad that I didn’t have to wait years and years for “A Dance With Dragons” (the next book in the series) like other fans would have. As GRRM has told us, the two books (4 and 5) run in tandem with one another. This also makes me excited/anxious about Seasons 4 and 5 of Game of Thrones.

Well I’m off to boogie with some Dragons…

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A Storm of Swords: 2 Blood and Gold

This is a review of “A Storm of Swords: 2 Blood and Gold” by George R.R. Martin. It is part 2 of the third book in A Song of Ice and Fire.

This book directly follows A Storm of Swords-1: Steel and Snow.

If you are a Game of Thrones fan and don’t want to know anything that will spoil the show I am letting you know now, there are SPOILERS AHEAD! I would suggest reading this review only if you have already read “A Game of Thrones“, “A Clash of Kings” and “A Storm of Swords: 1 Steel and Snow“.

Daenerys Targaryen has conquered the city of Astapor and has won herself an army of Unsullied. She freed the slaves of Astapor and has earnt herself a following. They are a ragtag lot, but she cannot bear to turn them away. She gave them back their right to choose and they chose to follow her. How can she then command them to choose differently? She sets out to free the remaining cities of Slaver’s Bay. But will this only increase the amount of mouths she has to feed?

Arya Stark is stuck with Lord Beric Dondarrion and his band of outlaws. They intend to ransom her to her mother Lady Catelyn Stark. Gendry decides to pledge allegiance to the outlaws, leaving Arya feeling quite friendless. And she is sick of waiting. She just wants to see her mother and brother. And she wants to see them now. But will her impatience get her into a bigger mess?

Jaime Lannister is back on his way to King’s Landing after being captured and injured by the Bloody Mummers/Brave Companions. His injuries are giving him fevered dreams. He cannot ignore them and so returns to Harrenhall for Brienne of Tarth, whom he has left behind.

Catelyn Stark is accompanying her brother Lord Edmure Tully and her son King Robb Stark to see Robb make his apologies to Lord Walder Frey and to see Edmure wed to Lord Frey’s daughter Roslin. Catelyn can only hope that her son does not offend Lord Frey further. They need his allegiance and they need access to The Crossing.

Samwell Tarly is still trying to make his way back to Castle Black after the horrible night at Craster’s Keep. With him he has Craster’s daughter Gilly and her infant son. But the night is full of terrors (lol) and wights and The Others…

Jon is on the run after escaping The Wildlings. He has been shot in the leg with an arrow and his wound is bad. He manages to make it back to Mole’s Town where he warns the villagers of the impending influx of Wildlings. From there he continues on to Castle Black where he is less than certain of a warm welcome. But he is a Brother of the Night’s Watch and he has a duty.

Tyrion Lannister is still unhappily wed to Sansa Stark. Neither are looking forward to King Joffery’s wedding to Margaery Tyrell. Joffrey is becoming more and more dangerous and outspoken as the days pass, and he loves neither Sansa or Tyrion.

Lord Davos Seaworth, is now King’s Hand to Stannis. King Stannis remains under the sway of Priestess Melisandre. And her intentions seem to be getting darker for all she purports to be a supporter of the Lord of Light. Davos has decided to learn to read, as King’s Hand, he believes he should possess that skill. But learning to read means being able to read troubling letters…

I liked this book. How could you not like this series? But it was very hard to read in some parts. In fact in some parts I had to shut the book and say “I don’t like this book!” to my partner. But all in all I DID like it. Sometimes it is good to read a book that challenges you and your expectations of what should happen in a book. I am looking forward to reading the next novel.

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