There’s sabotage, scheming, and various twists enough for the bloodthirstiest and most action-hungry, and things end in a satisfying enough way to leave the future open to plenty of possibility without being too open-ended. None of it is truly new or unique (in comparison to the setting, anyway), with plenty of reliance on those familiar rehashings of the dangers of overconfidence, the importance of friends, and so on. But all of it (generally speaking) has been done before, right?
Review: A Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin
“A Dance with Dragons” is not perfect, but it is an excellent sequel nonetheless. It may be overlong. It may be overwritten. I simply cannot bring myself to care.
Review: A Feast for Crows by George R. R. Martin
Nonetheless, it’s clear that Martin’s less-than-best still proves for entertaining and emotionally tumultuous reading, and stands as another worthy installment in one of literature’s most complex epics.
Review: A Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin
“A Storm of Swords” is huge, heartbreaking, and nothing if not intense. Be prepared for tragedy, and a lot of it.
Review: A Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin
This is a piece of literature that, like its predecessor, requires a great deal of time and effort from its reader. Also like its predecessor, thankfully, it’s well worth the investment.
Review: A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
Somehow, Martin manages to take all of these pieces and make a cohesive whole. It all ties together wonderfully, and I’m at a loss as to how he manages to do it so well. Naturally, there are a lot of loose ends left after things draw to a close, yet it stands as a compliment to Martin’s storytelling ability that I wanted to pick up the sequel the moment that I finished the first installment.
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