So why has it taken me so long to review Part 2? Well, besides work, life and everything else, I tend to read very slowly these days. That, and I also tend to jump from book to book. Which is not to say that this volume of the epic saga of Westeros wasn’t as compelling as the others that preceded it – far from it. It (of course!) equals the accomplishments of A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings and A Storm of Swords Part 1 – Steel and Snow.
What the author has done with this series continues to amaze me. The events of the Red Wedding (if you don’t know about this by now, either from the books or the HBO television series ‘Game of Thrones’, then where have you been???) are related in this volume, as well the aftermath for the Starks, Lannisters, and everybody else in the Seven Kingdoms.
Nothing will ever be the same.
There’s a lot of character development around Jon Snow and Tyrion Lannister in this volume, and not a few juicy revelations. Arya and Sansa continue on their diverging trajectories, Bran continues on his quest, Samwell Tarly finds his own measure of courage, Davos Seaworth takes a stand, Jaime Lannister tries to adjust and Daenerys Targaryen makes an important decision. And all the while the game of thrones continues to wreak death and destruction, while in the north the Others push closer and closer to the realms of men.
For fans of the HBO series, this volume will comprise most of what we see in the upcoming Season 4, most likely. So if you haven’t read it yet (or the preceding books, which are essential), it might be a good time to pick them up.
You won’t regret it, I promise.
Verdict: 5 stars (out of 5)