My rating: 4 of 5 stars
What a mammoth read! So glad I no longer have to carry this one around with me!
– I read A Game of Thrones earlier in the year and absolutely loved it – I am also a big fan of the TV show, which I have watched in it’s entirety – and so because of this I now know the rough plotline of the books. I don’t feel like this hinders my reading experience – in fact I feel I am enjoying the books more as the visual knowledge of who is who and what is what (from the TV show), makes it a lot easier for me to grasp the characters and whereabouts of things.
– This novel follows various characters as they stake their claim to the Iron Throne. Rumours of Kind Joffrey’s parenthood are causing chaos throughout the land. Stannis and Renly are pitched against one another whilst Robb Stark names himself the King of the North. Far from King’s Landing we follow Daenerys Targaryen as she attempts to find a way to cross the sea in the hopes of seizing the throne from her male competitors. Alongside the attempts at the throne we follow the stories of Arya, Bran, Sansa, Catelyn and Tyrion.
– I really enjoyed the way the main stories were conveyed in this novel. For instance the drama surrounding the stand-off between Stannis and Renly was told through the perspective of Catelyn Stark and Ser Davos rather than Stannis and Renly themselves. We also learn of King’s Landing through the eyes of Sansa Stark and Tyrion Lannister. Tyrion has to be one of my favourite characters to read through and I definitely look forward to his chapters.
– Weirdly I don’t really enjoy Arya in the TV show but I find her parts of the book to be some of the most suspenseful. The pacing of these novels is great – I’m a real lover of slow paced books with a lot of detail and build up to things. The chapters I enjoyed the least were that of Ser Davos and Bran – I find myself eager to quickly move onto the next character!
– I would love to read through the perspective of Cersei Lannister – she is one of my favourite characters and I would love to see a more three dimensional view of her. I want to get inside her head and understand why she is the way she is. As I haven’t read any of the other novels I am unaware of whether Martin writes though Cersei but would love it if he did!
– I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and I’m pretty sure it is the largest book I have read so far this year! 4 out of 5 stars and I look forward to continuing on with A Storm of Swords.