Genre: epic fantasy
Length: 728 pages
Setting: Westeros, immediately following the events of Game of Thrones (read my first review here).
Interest: It’s the second book in the Song of Fire and Ice series. I’m rereading the whole series for several reasons. #1 It’s so good. #2 I’m watching the HBO series and am reminded how good the series is, but have forgotten some of the many details. #3 I’m hoping by the time I reread the series, the next book will have come out. Maybe. Hopefully. Please?
Summary: I’ve summarized the book already the first time I read it.
Final thoughts: Because of all the details and multiple story lines, I’m picking up so much in the reread. My favorite characters haven’t really changed (all the Starks, Davos the Onion Knight), but I feel more for Sanza. She’s stuck in a pit of vipers being abused by the King, and the only way to save herself is to deny her family and put on a sweet face. The Hound is willing to save her, but she can’t get past his horrible looks and manners. Her world (as so many of the others) has been totally turned upside down. Also, Theon is awful. I’m not sure he deserves the torture that’s in store for him, but he’s a petulant brat who’s mad that he hasn’t gotten his way and won’t listen to those who are thinking in the long-term, instead of just about appearances. Once again, I had to continually remind myself about how young the kids were. Bran is Miss Adventure’s age and Arya is Mr. Curiosity’s age and I just can’t imagine what my kids would do if they were put in the situations the Starks are put in. All in all, a high quality book with lots of adventure (I didn’t even talk about what was going on beyond the Wall) and yet strong relationships between the characters as well.
Title comes from: At one point in the story, there were five people who had named themselves King, all fighting each other for supremacy. There’s also a reference to a song of fire and ice that Danearys comes across when she’s in the House of the Undying to names the whole series.
Awards won: Locus and Nebula awards in 1999.
Reading challenges fulfilled: 16/100 in my Finally to 100 Challenge, 6/12 in my Award Winning Challenge, and an M in my Author Alphabet Challenge
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