One of the better books in the series in my opinion. It leaves for many opportunities. A pet peeve is the way he’s started to title the chapters. There are too many characters as is and titling chapters with titles and nicknames instead of real names adds confusion. Also, all the emphasis on Quetyn just to remove him so quickly seemed unnecessary. There are so many characters and each one’s story is moving so slowly….
Author: George R.R. Martin
I get latched on to all the wrong characters. A Clash of Kings saw the removal of Eddard Stark (obviously) from the character narratives, and much of the focus turns to the place of fighting. We see the addition of Theon Greyjoy, who I decidedly don’t care about, and of another man in Stannis’ care who obviously I also didn’t like because I cannot be bothered to conjure his name. Here, Martin splits the reader to watch the real battle, instead of the individual characters. As a character writer, this is less to my taste. We see nearly nothing […]
I had a difficult time starting this book. I read the first ten pages probably a gazillion times, on different eReaders. Once I got through the first chapter, I was hooked. This is exactly the kind of book I enjoy reading. Martin takes the reader through a variety of different characters, each with their own subplots, each indispensable to the over arching plot of the book, and the overarching plot of the series. Each character speaks with his or her own voice, and has his or her own motivations. With as many characters as there is, one would think […]