Friday, August 29, 2014

Book Review: A Storm of Swords

     Meanwhile, in the Game of Thrones universe…



   

     Okay, it was only three weddings, and lots more funerals, because this is Westeros, and not even refusing to wear a red shirt will save you.

     In this, King’s Landing is recovering from Stannis’ attack, while Stannis nurses his wounded ego and Melisandre continues to be vague and cryptic. It’s pretty clear she’s playing Stannis like a fiddle, but the only person who even kind of sort of says something like this is the ex-smuggler. Also, she wants some dragons too. Everyone wants dragons. Dragons are awesome, of course they want them. Oh, yes, and apparently there’s some war with the Others, a.k.a. zombie-Nazghul-Ithaqua people, and fire would help...



     Lots of people are preparing to get married. Three guesses how that all ends.

     Bran continues his search for the three-eyed crow (because in this world, three-eyed crows could totally exist and no one seems to think it makes anything less than perfect sense), while helpfully telling us more and more of the legends and origins of Westeros.

     Jon Snow has worked his way into the wildling army as a SPY, but alas...



     Arya continues to be shuffled about hither and thither, regularly injuring people in the process and paring down her kill list. (Yes, the ten year old has a kill list. If you lived in Westeros, you’d probably have a kill list too.)

     Across the sea, Dany gets sidetracked by her decision to FREE ALL THE THINGS, all while navigating increasingly complicated personal relationships. The dragons continue to be awesome, because they’re dragons, and that’s what they do.

     I can neither confirm nor deny that I never left my childhood dragon phase.

     All in all, it appears that the universe of Game of Thrones is possibly the last place you would ever want to be ever, but darn if it isn’t entertaining. Martin gives us an unexpected point-of-view character, one who becomes increasingly sympathetic as time goes on. No one is what they seem, and everyone, villain and hero, has numerous facets not always shown. (Except Joffrey. Joffrey is still an evil git.)

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