The deed has been done. I have officially fallen in love with A Song of Ice and Fire. A Storm of Swords was, in my opinion, the best of the series so far, and the plot twists and (OMG) THE DEATHS were up there in terms of quantity.
The War of the Five Kings is nowhere near an end. Disgraced by his defeat, Stannis Baratheon has retreated to his seat at Dragonstone, while Robb Stark, King in the North, plans his next attack from Riverrun. Joffrey of House Lannister still holds an uneasy grip on the Iron Throne, unaware that Daenerys Targaryen, the Mother of Dragons, is conquering her way to Westeros. Beyond the Wall, Mance Rayder and his wildlings ready an immense attack on the Seven Kingdoms, planning to take advantage of the unrest caused by the war.
“Always keep your foes confused. If they are never certain who you are or what you want, they cannot know what you are like to do next.”
Abby the Bookworm
I said this before, and I’ll say it again: This is my favorite book so far. I love, love, love that NO ONE is safe, not the villains, not the heroes, not our POV characters. George R. R. Martin takes VALAR MORGHULIS to a whole new level.
Throughout this book, my jaw dropped, I gasped, and I had to go pace the floor several times to burn off story-induced adrenaline, muttering “no, no, no, no, NO” to myself while doing so. Getting through this book was an ordeal, in the best possible way.
I have always loved Tyrion Lannister, and this time was no different. I felt so bad for him in this book. NOBODY APPRECIATES HIM. *sobbing*
On the topic of Lannisters, we get everyone’s favorite Kingslayer as a POV in this book. And OMG, how did I ever hate this guy. He lost so many things throughout the book, but his friendship (?) with Brienne was so sweet, and honestly, Jaime deserves better than an incestuous relationship with a twin sister who doesn’t appreciate him. His final scene with Tyrion made me want to throw something. YOU IDIOT LANNISTERS.
JON SNOW IS MY LATEST BOOK CRUSH. I cannot. This poor, poor, poor guy just wanted someplace to call home and to belong somewhere. Stannis’s offer had me hyperventilating, and his decision even more so. I cannot ask for anything more in a character than what Jon Snow embodies.
OMG WHEN YGRITTE LITERALLY DIED IN HIS ARMS.
“We’ll go back to the cave,” he said. “You’re not going to die, Ygritte. You’re not.” “Oh.” Ygritte cupped his cheek with her hand. “You know nothing, Jon Snow,” she sighed, dying.
I’m not crying, you are. 😭
Catelyn just… deserved better. She was just so tired and exhausted and needed a good long nap without any nightmares. She just wanted to protect her sweet children. The poor thing. Speaking of her children, Arya and Sansa both need someone to actually take them home instead of lying to them. I mean, is it THAT HARD to reach one of those huge castles they need to get to?
Westeros needs more politicians like Davos. Like, please start with actually telling the truth about which side you’re on?
Daenerys is doing so well, conquering all those cities, and she is so smart. For example, at Astapor. My emotions went from 🤭 → 😱 → 😡 → 😯 → 😱 → 🤩. She does have a bit of her father’s blood, I did find, but I think she would make a great queen. Also, I literally gasped aloud when Arstan Whitebeard’s true identity was revealed. Like WHATTTTT.
- Robb. THOSE FREYS. THOSE UGLY DISGUSTING FREYS. DISGUSTING.
- Catelyn. ??? IS SHE DEAD?! Her body was dumped in the river by the DISGUSTING FREYS, but she reappears in the epilogue? Did Thoros work his magic?
- Ygritte. Omg. Omg. So sad I had to mention her twice.
- Joffrey. He died. At his wedding. Lady Olenna poisoned him and let Tyrion take the blame. I hated Joffrey. No one’s crying here.
- Oberyn. HE WAS SO CLOSE GOSH.
- Tywin. Killed during Tyrion’s killing spree at the end of the book. On the toilet. I bet that’s not how he imagined he was going to go.
- Shae. Also killed during Tyrion’s killing spree when he finds her in Tywin’s bed. SHE BETRAYED HIM. I WAS MAD. I get that she probably didn’t want to, but no tears shed on my part.
- Lysa. She was psychotic.
- Balon. Stannis and his leeches. Sort of unsettling.
- The Hound. ??? I guess he died? I don’t know. I kind of liked him though.
Abby the Christian Bookworm: FAITHFULNESS
Developing faithfulness to one’s family and liege lord should a top priority for so many of these characters here. We have betrayals, counter-betrayals (that’s definitely a word), parricide, fratricide, and straight-up murder galore in this book, and all of them could have been averted if the people just supported each other like they vowed they would. As Proverbs 20:6 says: Many claim to have unfailing love, but a faithful person who can find?
What do you think about A Storm of Swords? Which book is your favorite from A Song of Ice and Fire?