Publication Date: July 12th, 2011
Reviewed by: Amber R.
The future of the Seven Kingdoms hangs in the balance.
In the east, Daenerys, last scion of House Targaryen, her dragons grown to terrifying maturity, rules as queen of a city built on dust and death, beset by enemies.
Now that her whereabouts are known many are seeking Daenerys and her dragons. Among them the dwarf, Tyrion Lannister, who has escaped King’s Landing with a price on his head, wrongfully condemned to death for the murder of his nephew, King Joffrey. But not before killing his hated father, Lord Tywin.
To the north lies the great Wall of ice and stone – a structure only as strong as those guarding it. Eddard Stark's bastard son Jon Snow has been elected the 998th Lord Commander of the Night's Watch, but he has enemies both in the Watch and beyond the Wall, where the wildling armies are massing for an assault.
On all sides bitter conflicts are reigniting, played out by a grand cast of outlaws and priests, soldiers and skinchangers, nobles and slaves. The tides of destiny will inevitably lead to the greatest dance of all.
So this is the last book in the series thus far. I have to say that it was a bittersweet read for me. Martin is known for saying that the next book is coming out on a certain date and they actually come out about 3 years later. Alas, I knew that by me finishing this book that I would be a standstill with this story for an extremely long time.
I really love this series so much. It's so different from what I normally read but in a weird way it's really similar too. I hate to say too much because I know a lot of you haven't read it yet. I do want to point out that it is investment of your time. These books are huge. It's wonderful. However, even a fast reader is going to be reading these for awhile.
This book didn't disappoint though. There were so many things happening. Tyrion was back and his chapters were amazing, as usual. Arya, I can't go on enough about her. She is such an amazing character. She is so bad ass. Seriously, for being an 11 year old girl, she's the most bad ass person in these books I think. Dany's chapters are coming along, although it was tiring seeing how she wasn't progressing in her story.
Either way there are a lot of new character views. So it's nice getting some different view points of the way the story is progressing. There are so many things that end happening in this book that had me literally yelling, "NOOOOO!" I'm not even kidding. It was so intense. It was so shocking. If I haven't convinced you yet then just take pity on me. Read these books. You won't be disappointed. Even though they are huge, they are great books.