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 said before that this series reads more like a long book rather than several individual ones, and that was a good 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.
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 of 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.
Overall, the book was pretty good but Martin could have skipped over most of the content. Still worth a read – I loved finding out lots of little snippets of lore that I would have missed if I had skipped through the book.