Genre: epic fantasy
Length: 1152 pages
Setting: the worlds surrounding Westeros, concurrent with events occurring in A Feast For Crows
Interest: I reread the Song of Ice and Fire last year (although it looks like I didn’t write up my summary of A Feast For Crows) and didn’t finish this book.
Summary: This book focuses on the events happening in the Free Cities, on the Wall, and around Westeros. We see Jon Snow trying to keep the world south of the Wall safe by staffing the Wall with Wildings. Stannis came to the aid of Night’s Watch and is trying to subdue the North, with Melisandre’s help. Daenerys is trying to subdue Meereen and control her dragons. There are several people trying to make their way to Daenerys to become her consort, including a Prince of Dorne and a long-lost brother and a brother to the King of the Iron Islands. We also see a bit of other people’s lives. Arya is training with the Faceless Men of Braavos. Cersei is imprisoned by the High Septon and undergoes a walk of shame. Bran is continuing his journey north of the Wall to find his Three Eyed Crow. Ramsey Bolton is going to claim the north by marrying Arya Stark, who is really just Jeyne Poole, and he continues to torture Theon Greyjoy.
Final thoughts: Such good stuff that taxes your brain to keep track of all the characters and the different storylines. It’s hard to decide which storyline is my favorite. There are many chapters in this book that don’t explicitly state who the narrator is, so you have to ferret it out by paying attention to the clues in the chapter. Daenerys is definitely drawing the most attention in this book. Many of the characters are trying to get to her or trying to get her attention so she will look upon them with favor (I’m looking at you, Jorah Mormont). Jon Snow is making waves with his use of Wildlings to staff the Wall. He thinks its more important to keep the Wights from getting past the Wall than standing on principles and fighting the Wildlings. Unfortunately, many of the older members of the Night’s Watch don’t agree with him and they take matters into their own hands.
Now, I have to wait patiently until the next book in the series comes out. Sadly, we know it won’t be any time soon. I was hoping my reread would tide me over until the publication of the next book, but it seems that I can read faster than GRRM can write. Now, for the not-so-patient waiting.
Title comes from: The increased size and presence of dragons in this story. Daenerys even manages to ride the largest at the end of the book.
Reading challenges fulfilled: an M in my author Reading the Alphabet Challenge and #3 in my Maybe 100 This Year Challenge
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