Third in a series that has become one of my absolute favorites, this book really highlights some of the parts that I love most about this series: greyness rather than black and white (meaning the "bad" guys aren't always so bad and the "good" guys so good - we get to see multiple POVs and learn motivations of various characters); excellent characterization, which is impressive in such a large cast of characters; "playing for keeps" - meaning that not everyone survives everything - any character can have anything happen at any time including death or major injury, which really keeps you on the edge of your seat while reading because you truly never know what will happen next.
Along with all the other books of the "A Song of Ice and Fire" series, this was excellent!!
Even though I pretty much enjoyed this book, the fact that it reads like a TV show bugs me. It's like the author has no love for his characters with the way he kills them off or just ends things lazily. I can just envision him typing away and thinking how cool he is because he knew he could make it into a show someday. However, people who actually tend to read more and watch tv less may read this stuff and feel it has too many cliff hangers, characters are simply "cycled" through because the author doesn't have more interesting endings for them and constantly reading a retelling of something that happened in Earth's history (with the names & locations changed to protect the author's lack of creativity) drives me a little batty. That said, it's not a bad read, but be forewarned.
This third installment of The Song Of Ice And Fire series returns with so much going on it took up 2 seasons on HBO to capture everything. There are weddings, death, and many surprises. Did I mention deaths?
I had trouble finishing this book not because it was boring but because I knew what had happen already seeing the HBO tv series first. I wish I had read this book first because I think the surprise deaths would have affected me more than they did. I do have my favorites in the series and my not so favorites. I am really interested in how the Starks and Lannisters are going piece together what is left of their families.
I find my only dislikes come from comparing the tv show to the books. There are little things that the tv show cuts out. Mostly those things are from Bran Starks story. Other than that there is really nothing thing else I dislike.
When I think of what will be I actually have no ideas what is going to happen. I really am almost speechless because of what happens in this book. I am really looking forward to reading the 4th book even though my husband says this book was probably the best in the series so far. Well we will see about that.
I like the series and I like the storyline. I'm at a point in my life, though, where this book was just too long for me, and I would rather watch the TV show (mainly because I'm so behind and I'm eager to know what happens). I usually don't like to stop reading books in the middle, but with this one, I felt like I would be okay putting it down and not picking it back up.
This 3rd in the series is compelling. It is a brutal and harsh world as we have come to expect. I was grateful to have less of Cersei in this one, and I felt we finally had a small bit of justice, but the Stark family suffering continues on and on.