“I am now finished with the novel. The way in which Martin shows developments in the plot through the perspective of Sansa and Arya is very interesting, as they take these comments and occurrences in passing as we, the readers, realize the significance. I really enjoy the diversity of the characters as well as their descriptions. The priest Thoros with his tattoos and flaming sword, along with the Knight of Flowers with his golden armour and flower belts complete these interesting descriptions. I really enjoy the way in which these characters differ from each other, with conflicts between opposing ideals and personalities begin to blossom between separate parties. I also enjoyed the foreshadowing of things to come with the Dothraki story; seemingly unrelated but with a sense of foreboding and dark things to come. I look forward to reading the rest of this novel and hope that I can finish the novel in time for the Shelfari deadline. It is written in a very interesting style. Each chapter is written from the perspective of different characters within the novel. The chapters from the perspective of the children are especially interesting, with the descriptions of things which they do not understand making an overly simple explanation of the ongoings. Although the child does not understand, it is very simple for the reader to. The descriptions of the bountiful land are truly inspiring with a whole fake world to match and amazing story. The descriptions of everything from the icy wall to the north to the free ports where chaos reigns paint a vivid picture. Descriptions of characters paint a picture as real as if you were talking to this person in real time. I very much admire Jon Snow, who is the bastard child of Nedd Stark. He takes an oath to be shipped off to a guard legion which he thought honorable, only to figure out it is a rag-tag gang of rapists, thieves and dishonuorable people forced into this as their form of punishment. His descriptions of his situation truly make you picture the frost-crested walls of 'The Wall'. Now that the novel has ended and the kindgom is left in a state of chaos, I am intrigued to see how the next novel will develop these issues. Three Kings competing for one throne makes for very interesting reading.”
Why does Martin use children for some of his narrative perspectives, when this is clearly a book with lots of violence, political intrigue and sex - intended for an adult audience?
Martin uses children for some his his narrative perspectives because it provides perspectives on adult issues from children's perspectives. They show parts of the plot which no one of importance or stature knows (which goes over the head of a child). This is evidenced by the revealing of an extra-marital affair between the Queen Lannister and her brother through the eyes of the young Stark boy, Bran. I also think it is an interesting way of including 'down-time' fromt he intense scenes of battle and intrigue throughout the adult narrated parts of the novel.