An epic series comes to an epic end, at least for now until the winds of winter is published. As always, George RR Martin leaves the story in suspense, with Daenerys and Drogon facing Khal Pono’s khalasar, Theon Greyjoy about to die and Jon snow in a state of feeling only the icy cold but not the pain inflicted upon being stabbed four times. The seven kingdoms are ripe for conquest, but to go to the light you must pass beneath the shadow. The stage is set for yet another drastic war, this time with Daenerys in it. Will Cersei’s prophecy come true? what does the future hold? and yeah, winter is here!
Another brilliant book and the war for Westeros and Meereen continues. Daenerys and her dragons grow ever larger and her situation becomes more complex. To defeat the Yunkai army, she will need to marshal all her forces and put the lives of her soldiers at risk. The Yunkish have more soldiers at their command, with legions from New Ghis, unsullied from Astapor, a fleet from Volantis and Mantarys and four sellsword companies. Tyrion the Imp, falsely accused of killing his nephew, is in search of the last female dragon as well. Cersei Lannister remains powerless behind the bars of her cell in the great Sept of Baelor, master Qyburn is ready to hatch an abomination in order to save Cersei. Jaime Lannister continues his journey across the Riverlands in order to restore peace to King Tomnen’s realm. The seven kingdoms are in disarray, only a false Arya Stark binds the north together, an intense rivalry is forming between the Lannisters of the Rock and the Tyrells of Highgarden and Dorne only years for the return of a Targaryen.
“For the first time in hundreds of years, the night came alive with the music of dragons.” With this sentence, another great book comes to an end. George RR Martin has truly captured my mind with this spellbinding novel based on empires, fantasy, pride and fantastical beasts. This book cannot be described, it is simply fascinating, intriguing, magnificent and wonderful. The brilliant ripple effect created by Martin throughout the book is brilliant, one action taken place anywhere, in any location will have consequences everywhere(every mapped place in this book). According to me, Daenerys Targaryen is the protagonist in the story, she represents all that one can lose and all that one can gain at the same time. That last paragraph had me on the edge of my seat, i cannot wait to start with the second edition(A Clash of Kings). If you differentiate between the beginning and the ending of the story: In the beginning, there is only one peaceful kingdom ruled by a loved king and at the end, there are three kings in the realm, strange happenings in the north and one more supposed king not to mention Daenerys Targaryen who is safely across the narrow sea, although the same cannot be said for those who are being targeted by her. The fluidity with which Martin moves from one event to the other is startling, it is amazing. This book truly is a piece of art, an intricate and beautifully detailed piece of art.