#Fantasy adventure #readers, especially fans of #GOT, will rejoice in the fifth installment of George R.R. Martin’s acclaimed saga, A Song of Ice and Fire. The master storyteller returns to the beloved characters of Jon Snow and his merry band of Black Cloak wearers, Dany the Queen of Meereen, and Arya Stark, the girl of many names. For me, this book moved along much better than the last (GOT4). The plots have diverged quite a bit from what was shown on the HBO series Season 6, which is ahead of the novels. While I understand the plot changes made for television, I prefer Martin’s progressions.
Nevertheless, GOT fans will certainly enjoy either or both, as the case may be. 5 stars. Now, I await The Winds of Winter and Season 7.
#Readers of #fantasy adventure will know that author George R.R. Martin continues A Song of Ice and Fire in this second novel of the series. Much of the narrative, as told from the point of view of key characters, focuses on the forces of the various proclaimed kings in the realm of Westeros and beyond. The King in the North, Robb Stark, appears to be having success in skirmishes against the Lannister forces, while Renly and Stannis Baratheon argue over which of them is rightful heir to their dead brother’s throne in King’s Landing. Meanwhile, Dany struggles in distant lands, seeking help for her quest as Queen. And her dragons are growing. Jon Snow, while no king, faces trials of his own as he and the men of the Night’s Watch venture far north of the Wall. Of course, much more is happening.
Martin’s writing craft is excellent as he cleverly weaves the tale through the POV of key characters–not an easy feat in any work, especially a long one. Fans of GOT on HBO will find differences between the novel’s storylines and those of the TV series. For me, I found the novel’s storylines bring about clarity for some aspects that were unclear on the HBO series, such as the sudden appearance of Meera and Jojen when Bran and Rickon escape Winterfell. Overall, tremendously enjoyable series! 4.5 stars.
(Only three typo errors in such a big manuscript, too)