Game of Thrones, Clash of Kings, and Storm of Swords
By: George R.R. Martin
Hi. My name is Frannie and I’ve been slacking on the reviews. I’m sorry – please don’t hate me. I have two (semi-acceptable) excuses:
- I’ve been really busy lately and haven’t been reading as much as I normally do
- I’ve been mired down in the first three books of the Game of Thrones series
- The first book lays the foundation, but still covers some good ground. The second was good, but in the words of The Bearded Misfit, things get “cray cray” in book three
- There are a TON of characters in these books – use the family trees included in the back of each book
- Similarly, there are a lot of different story lines going on, so it takes some time to get a good sense of who each character is and how they fit into the bigger picture – stick with it though
- Martin is clearly not attached to any of his characters, because he doesn’t hesitate to kill people off. Even the good people
- He also writes some kick-ass female characters. They’re all really strong and they’re featured pretty prominently in the series. I regularly found myself thinking, “Get it, girl!” while reading the books
- He also, also writes some totally crazy (male and female) characters. Cersei Lannister, I’m looking at you
- I really want a direwolf
I’ll keep you posted as I make progress on the two remaining books, but this is looking like an effort that will stretch through the summer, at least.
In a nutshell: Overall, I’d give the first three books 3.5 stars. I’d probably up that to 4 stars for the third book on its own.