“The third book in the Song of Fire and Ice series. Joffrey Baratheon still sits on the Iron Throne, Robb Stark is now King of the North and battling the Lannisters and those that are backing Joffrey. Renly Baratheon is dead but Stannis Baratheon is in the favor of the priestess of the Lord of Light and while he lost the major offensive he is still alive to keep fighting for the throne that he feels is rightfully his. Daenerys is still far distant but continues in her quest to round up support for her claim as the last Targaryn and the Mistress of Dragons. While all of these people plot and war and deceive, there is another enemy coming down from the North with the winter and the wildlings will remind all those in the South why the Great Wall was built.
There is so much going on in this book. There are many different threads all being woven together and then apart and then brought together again in ways you hadn't imagined. It's a rich and complex world and I give props to GRRM for keeping it all straight and managing it in such a way that I'm able to keep it straight as well (for the most part LOL). I do have to say that I now completely hate Arya Stark and several other characters because I'm convinced that GRRM only writes likable characters in order for their deaths to hit you harder while the vile characters seem to go on forever and ever and if they do die, their death is in no way a worth punishment for the horrid things we've had to read about. If you've watched the show I can only say that yes the Red Wedding was horrible but this man obviously has issues with weddings in general. Any more would be a serious spoiler.
At this point, I'm now ahead of the show and am taking a brief break from the series to catch up on a few other series that have had books come out recently as well as some school reading. I do hope to finish the series by the end of the year tho as it really is fascinating but then again, I love good political intrigue and this has that in spades in a fantasy setting. Now if only someone I like could survive GRRM....
“Wow. Lots of death. LOTS of death. But I'm hooked. I have to know what happens to this characters - assuming at least one or two actually survive the series. I would be happy with less description of the battles and the clothing and the repetition of histories and the insertion of characters' names who don't matter to the plot but that kind of detail is probably why other readers are hooked on this series.”bookappeal wrote this review Thursday, September 12, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Each 1000 page book in this series is the same as every other... Yet for some reason I can't stop reading them!”Brendan Chard wrote this review Sunday, September 8, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Whew.. Making it through this book felt like an achievement as it was so long. I must say, however, that this was the best one in the series yet. So much happens and much of it was not at all predictable. I felt emotionally invested in the characters, which wasn't as much the case as with the first two books.”Casey R wrote this review Thursday, September 5, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I enjoyed this more than the second installment, although I'm getting tired of main characters dying in the middle of the book. ”Amy W wrote this review Tuesday, September 3, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“One of the best in the series....although he could leave out some of the non-essential details and repetition....great series for beach reading though”morebooks wrote this review Wednesday, August 28, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is my favorite one in the seires so far! I loved it, the characters have really developed. Martin is a master at interweaving the plot with fascinating twists and turns.”Nicole wrote this review Thursday, August 22, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Excellent 3rd volume of the series, high in action and epic moments - a real clash of the strong personalities in the series. One of the volumes I enjoyed most so far.”Ewen wrote this review Thursday, August 8, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Good Sequel.”Johnny Au-Yeung wrote this review Wednesday, July 31, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No