The Lannisters are in power on the Iron Throne.
The war in the Seven Kingdoms has burned itself out, but in its bitter aftermath new conflicts spark to life. The Martells of Dorne and the Starks of Winterfell seek vengeance for their dead. Euron Crow’s Eye, as black a pirate as ever raised a sail, returns from the smoking ruins of Valyria to claim the Iron Isles.
From the icy north, where Others threaten the Wall, apprentice Maester Samwell Tarly brings a mysterious babe in arms to the Citadel. As plots, intrigue and battle threaten to engulf Westeros, victory will go to the men and women possessed of the coldest steel and the coldest hearts. -Goodreads
My Rating: 3/5
This book felt like more of a set-up for a bigger story than a story in itself. I have thought before that this series reads more like a long book rather than several individual ones, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing – mainly because the previous books, while they lead into the next book seamlessly, still felt like complete entities on their own. This book was an introduction to something more, rather than being a complete story on its own.
That is not to say I did not like this book. I enjoyed it for the most part. Arya’s POV was my favourite, closely followed by the POVs following the Ironborn. Euron Greyjoy is an awesome character – the TV representation of the character is a farce I will forever hate after reading about the Crow’s Eye.
Cersei, Brienne, Sansa, and Sam: All these POVs were slow. SO slow. By the end of the book I was intrigued but getting there was boring. Sansa is the odd one out – I still find it difficult to be interested in what might happen with her. Cersei’s chapters were very tense though, and I did enjoy seeing the world and herself through her own eyes.
Overall, the book was pretty good. Still definitely worth a read because the world only gets bigger and the more Martin adds to this epic, the more I love it. I find myself disappearing into Westeros when I read these books and I don’t think there could be any higher compliment.
(Possible) SPOILER SECTION
No spoilers for this review – I might come back to it in the future, or possibly start writing some discussion posts on the books and characters of the series. It is just so hard to be general when talking about a book 4 books into a series!