Publication Date: March 4th, 2003
Reviewed by: Amber R.
Of the five contenders for power, one is dead, another in disfavor, and still the wars rage as violently as ever, as alliances are made and broken. Joffrey, of House Lannister, sits on the Iron Throne, the uneasy ruler of the land of the Seven Kingdoms. His most bitter rival, Lord Stannis, stands defeated and disgraced, the victim of the jealous sorceress who holds him in her evil thrall. But young Robb, of House Stark, still rules the North from the fortress of Riverrun. Robb plots against his despised Lannister enemies, even as they hold his sister hostage at King’s Landing, the seat of the Iron Throne. Meanwhile, making her way across a blood-drenched continent is the exiled queen, Daenerys, mistress of the only three dragons still left in the world...
But as opposing forces maneuver for the final titanic showdown, an army of barbaric wildlings arrives from the outermost line of civilization. In their vanguard is a horde of mythical Others--a supernatural army of the living dead whose animated corpses are unstoppable. As the future of the land hangs in the balance, no one will rest until the Seven Kingdoms have exploded in a veritable storm of swords.My ThoughtsEvery time I head into another one of these books, it's with anticipation and excitement. The books leave off on such a cliffhanger, you have no idea how the next is going to start. This books was definitely a pleasant surprise.
Catelyn's chapters, I have to admit, are very boring. All she does is try to convince everyone to not fight which is just not a tangible option. We all know that the war is going to continue and she just starts to sound like a broken record.
I surprisingly really enjoyed Jaime's chapters. I really like him and his character now. I think he's extremely honest. He's also very misunderstood by almost everyone. All they see him as is "Kingslayer" but he's actually a good guy. I feel bad for judging him too soon. I realize it's a fictional character. I'm emotionally invested.
I was shocked and dismayed by this book though. So many crazy things happened that I absolutely never saw coming. Even if you haven't read these books, reading them just to read this book would be worth it. That's how good it is.