An epic series comes to an epic end, at least for now until the winds of winter is published. As always, George RR Martin leaves the story in suspense, with Daenerys and Drogon facing Khal Pono’s khalasar, Theon Greyjoy about to die and Jon snow in a state of feeling only the icy cold but not the pain inflicted upon being stabbed four times. The seven kingdoms are ripe for conquest, but to go to the light you must pass beneath the shadow. The stage is set for yet another drastic war, this time with Daenerys in it. Will Cersei’s prophecy come true? what does the future hold? and yeah, winter is here!
Another brilliant book and the war for Westeros and Meereen continues. Daenerys and her dragons grow ever larger and her situation becomes more complex. To defeat the Yunkai army, she will need to marshal all her forces and put the lives of her soldiers at risk. The Yunkish have more soldiers at their command, with legions from New Ghis, unsullied from Astapor, a fleet from Volantis and Mantarys and four sellsword companies. Tyrion the Imp, falsely accused of killing his nephew, is in search of the last female dragon as well. Cersei Lannister remains powerless behind the bars of her cell in the great Sept of Baelor, master Qyburn is ready to hatch an abomination in order to save Cersei. Jaime Lannister continues his journey across the Riverlands in order to restore peace to King Tomnen’s realm. The seven kingdoms are in disarray, only a false Arya Stark binds the north together, an intense rivalry is forming between the Lannisters of the Rock and the Tyrells of Highgarden and Dorne only years for the return of a Targaryen.
The war has run itself out but the Lannister claim to the iron throne is still insecure. House Martell want revenge for their dead. The north is divided with the Boltons in control. The war has cost Westeros time to refill their supplies for winter, the land is barren and the only food available is from the previous harvest or from across the narrow sea. The Vale of Arryn and Dorne remain untouched but scarred. Across the narrow sea, Daenerys’s empire and dragons grow ever larger. Westeros is bracing for an inevitable war. Cersei Lannister is making enemies out of friends and friends out of enemies. Without the power of Highgarden and Dorne, the Iron throne will fall and Cersei with it. The seven kingdoms will never be more ripe for conquest, they will never be more ripe for “fire and blood.”
The war of the five kings continues, black sorceries dominate Westeros along with multiple sins in the eyes of gods and men alike, chiefly the red wedding. Melisandre and her ‘red’ magic looks like nothing but an illusion with the three kings dying supposedly at the hands of her ‘leeches’ which had sucked king’s blood out of Edric Storm. The downfall of the Starks again is a reminder of Martin’s ability to kill off characters when it is least likely to happen. Robb Stark’s death is unwelcome, who doesn’t like the north and the Stark words: “Winter Is Coming.” The plot deepens too when the question of Joffrey’s poisoning comes up, what killed him? Melisandre’s leeches, Sansa’s black amethyst’s or some poison put into his chalice by the Imp, judging by the confusion and blood in Westeros, the mystery will never be uncovered.
The third book in this colossal series did not fail to excite its readers. Martin continued his way of suspenseful writing and vagueness. A mystery was waiting around every corner, more importantly, this book strengthens up the plots of the wildlings and their threat and Daenerys Targaryen and her dragons. Martin depicts irony through Robb Stark: The young wolf who won every battle on the field but lost the North and his allies. Lannister strength grows stronger and stronger, becoming seemingly invincible with the pact with Dorne and Highgarden. Stannis Baratheon is left as a small ant who could be easily crushed by the power of any great house in Westeros. In the end, the game of thrones and the struggle for the Iron Throne continues with the greatest threat to the shattered Westeros being Daenerys Targaryen, and yeah! Don’t forget, “Winter is Coming!.”
The Parker solar probe will be the first spacecraft to actually go into the sun’s corona, the outermost layer of the sun. This will solve questions as to why the corona is hotter than the surface of the sun even though it is farther from the core than the surface. The Parker solar probe will be launched on 31st July 2018 and will orbit around Venus for six years before making its approach towards the sun on 19th December 2024 (that’s a long way off). The Parker solar probe has been named after the famous astrophysicist Eugene Parker.
There is only one thing in the world which can unite a whole nation or people of the same nationality living elsewhere, that same thing can unite seemingly random groups of people and give them a goal and a belief to work towards to. That thing is sport, sport has more followers than anything else on Earth. Sport has the power to make a stadium roar at a single moment and also to quieten an entire city. Sport is now a part of our daily lives. Imagine yourself without a team to support and without a great reason to get together with your friends, without screaming in joy at Dhoni’s sixes and shrieking in excitement at magic conjured up by Lionel Messi. There are negative aspects of sport too(addiction, violence, distraction), but the positive aspects outweigh them by quite a margin. Sport divides the world into further groups. In fact, the rivalry between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid has divided the whole world into two groups, Barca fans and Madrid fans. Sport is the religion all of us worship and if you think about it, no religion can cause millions of people to cry tears of joy at the same time, no religion can intensify rivalries and introduce competition to our everyday lives and no religion has the power to call upon all of its believers at once!
This book is the story of the boy who changed football in the modern era, Lionel Messi has won every individual and team award available on the planet from the UEFA Champions League to the Ballon D’Or. This book is now an outdated version, it ends at the 2013/14 season, the season after which FC Barcelona signed Neymar Da Silva Santos Junior. Barcelona also won the treble in the 2014/15 season. This book provides an acute description of Messi’s journey from a star at Newell’s to one of the game’s greatest players at Barcelona. His ups and downs, greatest and worst moments and footballing magic are brilliantly described in this book by Luca Caioli.
Yesterday, i was in Delhi(India), no cabs were available and we had to take an auto. Our auto driver was friendly and humble to the core. He told us his life story, he had failed in tenth grade and had been unable to continue his education, he was not deterred by his own educational failure and he told us that he had given everything so that his son could be educated and have a good life. The driver told us that he had done everything from driving autos the whole day to selling handkerchiefs on the street. He did not let his failure deter him and he did everything for his son to excel. After the short episode, there were waves of peacefulness and tranquility surging through me, as well as a fierce emotion to give my best at academics in school. The auto driver’s name was Mr.Malik and now his son is a software engineer in Bangalore, his son has also worked in Canada and Delhi and has a promising future ahead. I hope that the next time you go to Delhi, take an auto and try to find this Mr.Malik, it amazes me to think how a partly-uneducated man has principles and traditions well exceeding an auto driver and how he is more humble than 95% of people i have met in my life.
“For the first time in hundreds of years, the night came alive with the music of dragons.” With this sentence, another great book comes to an end. George RR Martin has truly captured my mind with this spellbinding novel based on empires, fantasy, pride and fantastical beasts. This book cannot be described, it is simply fascinating, intriguing, magnificent and wonderful. The brilliant ripple effect created by Martin throughout the book is brilliant, one action taken place anywhere, in any location will have consequences everywhere(every mapped place in this book). According to me, Daenerys Targaryen is the protagonist in the story, she represents all that one can lose and all that one can gain at the same time. That last paragraph had me on the edge of my seat, i cannot wait to start with the second edition(A Clash of Kings). If you differentiate between the beginning and the ending of the story: In the beginning, there is only one peaceful kingdom ruled by a loved king and at the end, there are three kings in the realm, strange happenings in the north and one more supposed king not to mention Daenerys Targaryen who is safely across the narrow sea, although the same cannot be said for those who are being targeted by her. The fluidity with which Martin moves from one event to the other is startling, it is amazing. This book truly is a piece of art, an intricate and beautifully detailed piece of art.