Property manager, Mom of 4 (almost grown), interested in historical novels, knitting, skiing, entertaining. I share with my husband who likes the mysteries and thrillers.
This book, and the series bring to mind the "Lord of the RIngs" series by Tolkien. The world is very detailed and interesting with mystery and suspense throughtout. The lives of the characters are intertwined in a fascinating way, and become friends of foes of the reader as well. Reading performance was amazingly done.
I won't tell much about this novel, because it is the second in a series. Read this only if you have already read Game of Thrones. This just picks up where the last ended. Like Game of Thrones, some chapters engaged me and some didn't. With Game of Thrones, about 80% of the chapters engaged me and 20% didn't. A large part of it was who the chapter was following. With Clash of Kings, the author failed by not drawing me into the new characters. I did not care too much for any of the new ones, but loved following the stories of the most of the characters from Game of Thrones. As a result, I enjoyed about 65% of the chapters. Not enough to give it the 4 star rating I gave the first book, but I liked it just enough that I plan to listen to the next novel in this fantasy saga. I do not read too much fantasy, and so to interest me enough to want to listen to another 35 hours or so, some things were very good. I like that magic plays a very small part of these books. They are really human medieval-like with a touch of magic here and there.
Tyrion is by far my favorite character, followed by Arya and then Jon Snow. I like Catelyn Stark, and care about Sansa even through she is not interesting as a character. Davos and Theon were two new characters, and Theon only became interesting to me towards the end. Daenerys's story and character continue to bore me, with the young dragons the one interesting thing about her. The wildings as a group did intrigue me and finding out more about them is a big part of my interest in continuing with this series. Neither of Robert's brothers were especially interesting.
Again, the reader is great. Perfect for this novel.
I am unhappy that very little is resolved at the end of this. The "to be continued" seemed pretty abrupt. Think of this series as one really long novel.
Awesome story, well worth the price or credits, The reader, Roy Dotrice is the best!. Doesn't get better than this.
it's that good. Took me awhile to get used to the reader, but I am in love with this story!
The story is incredibly broad in scope with deep development of many of the characters. Much like the Aubrey-Maturin series of Patrick O'Brien in that if you like the first story then you will be drawn into a new rich world and be compelled to listen to the entire series.
If you loved reading series like the Lord of the Rings as a kid, you will like this series. It is definitely darker and more violent, particularly this book compared to the first. But I am completely blown away by the complex world and characters that the author has created. It is a bit hard to keep it all straight without a map and glossary, so I still might end up buying a hard copy for reference.
Through the times when I say to myself, okay this is now getting long, Martin pulls out one of his spectacular scenes which makes the journey to each one of more than worth it.
In Book II he ends with the perfect cliffhangers or "what next" question as he sets his significant characters in their next direction.
Book II was interesting for me as I combined listening and reading and it was a good combo. Listening to Book II while hiking through the redwoods put me in a place that felt as I was on the journey with all his characters being guided by the compelling narrator.
And now onto Book III.
Working wife and mother of 2. No time to sit down with a good book so Audible is perfect for my life style.
I had a hard time getting started with this story. The amount of names you have to keep up with is daunting, BUT once you listen for awhile you catch on to who is who and before you know it you are hooked.