Author: George R.R. Martin
Date Started: 18/05/2019
Star Rating: ✪✪✪✪
Synopsis (First book)
Long ago, in a time forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons out of balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. The cold is returning, and in the frozen wastes to the north of Winterfell, sinister and supernatural forces are massing beyond the kingdom’s protective Wall. At the center of the conflict lie the Starks of Winterfell, a family as harsh and unyielding as the land they were born to. Sweeping from a land of brutal cold to a distant summertime kingdom of epicurean plenty, here is a tale of lords and ladies, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and bastards, who come together in a time of grim omens.
Here an enigmatic band of warriors bear swords of no human metal; a tribe of fierce wildlings carry men off into madness; a cruel young dragon prince barters his sister to win back his throne, and a determined woman undertakes the most treacherous of journeys. Amid plots and counterplots, tragedy and betrayal, victory and terror, the fate of the Starks, their allies, and their enemies hang perilously in the balance, as each endeavor to win that deadliest of conflicts: the game of thrones.
I enjoyed this book a little more than A Storm of Swords 1: Steel and Snow, I enjoyed the political plot more in this book than in the others, I felt like there were more action and more point to the plottings.
I hope that makes sense. I haven’t watched all the series of the show but I do know what characters die throughout. I was still shocked in this story of how certain character’s met their deaths and thought it was done really well.
I do like George R.R. Martin’s writing, even though it is very descriptive and can be slow. It does keep me in the story.
The action and plot of this book made it feel like I was getting through it a lot quicker than I did in the previous book. I do like the character growth in characters, especially Jaimie and Tyrion Lannister.
I can’t wait to carry on with the series to see how the rest of the story plays out compared to the series.