Dates: December 19th - January 12th
Synopsis: Throughout Westeros, the cold winds are rising.
From the ancient citadel of Dragonstone to the forbidding lands of Winterfell, chaos reigns as pretenders to the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms stake their claims through tempest, turmoil and war.
As a prophecy of doom cuts across the sky - a comet the colour of blood and flame - five factions struggle for control of a divided land. Brother plots against brother and the dead rise to walk in the night.
Against a backdrop of incest, fratricide, alchemy and murder, the price of glory is measured in blood.
My thoughts: While most series of books I read have a standout novel amongst them, so far the first 2 books in A Song of Ice and Fire have felt almost the same. Both had some fantastic moments and were enthralling right from the start, but they don’t stand out as separate entities. This is possibly because of the HBO series, I can’t tell. Either way though, this was a wonderful read. I can’t help but want to have a glass of red wine with me at all times when reading it, which is a bit of an issue when I read it at work.
I will now mention my thoughts on it compared to the HBO series, which is something I’d normally try to avoid in book reviews. In the books, I find Cersei to be a bit…bi-polar (for lack of a better word), at one point she goes completely against character and lifts Tyrion up, spinning him around while laughing with joy, in the HBO series she’s a lot more subtle, which I think makes her more human, more believable as a character. She has her weakness as well as her strength, but true to character she doesn’t show this at a surface level. Then there’s Sansa, in the books I quite like her character, her strength and resolve to survive are much more prominent than the the whiny, hopeless girl we see on TV. She still has her resolve and her hatred of the Lannisters, but her whining overrules all of that for me.
But anyway, if you liked book one, or the TV series then chances are you’ll enjoy this too. (I say that an awful lot)