This amazing book, like the previous one, took my breath away. The story is written so well that it had me on the edge of my seat. I have felt joyous, distraught, conflicted... Laughed, cried and rejoiced at even the little victories. Not only was it well written, but also well read. I fully intend on buying the next books in the same manner to enjoy. There are so many things going on at once, I thought I would have a hard time keeping up. I find, instead, that I am excited to hear the next part of each character's story as the chapters evolve! Much death, but it is glorious!
The second book in the series picks up where the first one left off. It is different from the fourth and fifth book which take place at the same time but in different locations. I plowed through this book because I really wanted to see the outcome. I was left unsatisfied because more things happen... and you are left plowing through the third book.
This book had me forcing myself to put it down at times, I began to limit the amount of time am spent with it just so other things would get done during the day. Excellent.
I would recommend this because it is necessary for book 5... but I did not enjoy this book
It focused too much on the smaller charcters. Jon Snow's and Terrian's story arcs were not the focus of this story. I felt like it was just a filler book.
Ayra Starks determation to be who she wants to be not what they want her to be
I wish I could have but it is a long book.
Never owned the print version, but probably not. Its really hard to understand the author when he does certain voices, and sometimes its hard to tell one character from another based solely upon the readers voice. This is really rough when there are no other indications as to who is speaking. For example (SPOILER ALERT) when Jaimie and Kat are talking while Jaimie is imprisoned at Riverrun.
Some of his voices are too similar to other characters, and others are really hard to understand. I understand that some people's voices are supposed to be weird, but he gets so spitty sometimes that its hard to know what is being said.
Yes - probably when I'm ready to re-read the entire series, but I probably would not read it as a stand-alone novel.
It picked up well after the events in "A Game of Thrones" and progressed the overall story very well.
Roy was able to make the accents very different from the characters, which made it easy to tell them apart.
Not many extreme reactions, but then again any major character death is pretty impactful.
A more apt title should probably have been "A Conversation of Kings" as there was no real fighting or action until roughly half way through the book.
On a positive note, and similar to how "A Game of Thrones" was written, Martin is able to write in a way that each word, phrase, and scene adds to the greater story. There is not a lot of "fluff" or misdirection (so far) in this series.
Pros: excellent editing with incredible character development.
Cons: a somewhat slow start.
Bottom line: a decent follow-up to GoT that leaves the reader wanting more.
Blood, Sweat, Tears
I don't think anything compares to this series.
Anything with Arya.
Now on HBO...
None- the book stands on its own.
I like a series and I love the genre. The story is great but don't listen if you have any sort of depression issues.
Too many to list - the feeling is pretty much love or hate any specific character.
I always like the emphasis and interpretation of a character's emotions. However, Mr Dotrice could use a better selection of voices for the characters, especially the young men and young women.
I'd forgotten how much I enjoyed hearing stories read to me--I haven't revisited that experience since I was a child. The books in this series are PERFECT for the audio format and that truly is because of the narration of Roy Dotrice. There are a billion characters in these books yet he manages to give each a singular voice, and often incredibly realistic and true to the character. I read most of the first book but it was a bit slow going in order to keep track of the characters and story lines; however, in an audio format, because Mr. Dotrice lends different voices and inflections to the characters and their words, it is just simply easier and more enjoyable this way. I still go back and forth between the audio and the book to keep my brain employed, but I am really, really enjoying Mr. Dotrice's storytelling.
Mr. Dotrice lends life, inflection, and variety to every single character who utters a line in the books. For that reason alone, it becomes less confusing to sort out the many, many characters that inhabit these books.
Theon and his plight probably go the most mutters and reactions from me. He is pitiable in his pathetic attempts to force the love and respect out of everyone around. It's annoying, frustrating, and almost comical how these efforts pan out for him--everyone except him seems to see his impending downfall.