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!
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 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!.”
“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.