Oooooooh!!!!That was just soooo good! The series is just getting better and better. A Storm of Swords (book 3) which otherwise could be known as Lots of Weddings and Lots of Funerals (if they’re lucky enough to not just get left hanging in the tree / left as carrion food). The Kings of the Seven Kingdoms are still fighting amongst themselves, whilst the threat grows beyond the wall and Daenerys gets ever closer. I am of course going straight onto reading book 4!
Things I’m loving about the series so far:
* How Martin doesn’t feel like he has to show us everything, we remeet characters after battles and other key events and we’re teased, at least for a little while, about what happened, to be told later and skilfully, in conversation or if the character thinks back to the events.
* Linked to the above, how Martin is weaving in more information about what happened when Robert Baratheon seized the throne and how the events of the past are so shaping what is happening in the present. And none of this information feels forced.
* How your opinion of a character can change.
* How nobody is safe.
***** (out of 5)
(One of these days I’m going to get round to writing a post about what I think of the Game of Thrones TV series, I’m still only half way through series 1 with that but I am not loving it anywhere as near as much as I love the books. I don’t know, maybe even HBO doesn’t have the budget to bring Martin’s creation truly to life, as the words in his book do. I’m also watching The White Queen at the moment and The White Queen looks better, maybe it’s the fact they’re using actual old buildings in White Queens, whereas everything on Game of Thrones looks like a set because it is a set. However I am loving all that embroidery and Ed Stark, I was never that into Sean Bean before but well, dress the man in some fake furs and swoon.)