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A Song of Ice and Fire, 7 Volumes
A Song of Ice and Fire, 7 Volumes
by George R. R. Martin
Edition: Paperback
Price: £38.03

266 of 284 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Song of Ice and Fire, 7 Volumes, Spoiler Free!, 29 Aug. 2012
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For all Game of Thrones or Song of Ice and Fire fans this is the set to get. First of all great service from Amazon, it came a day earlier then expected, which was fantastic. The story, itself, is brilliant; there are a tone of great characters that develop superbly in a gigantic, fantasy medieval world called Westeros, ( a very authentic map of Westeros is actually included in this set if you buy it in papaerback and it's easily nice enough to be framed if you're a massive fan) the story lines are very exciting and there is always a good fear for the characters as Martin doesn't mind killing them.

However if you are new to the series I'd recommend you pick up the first in the series, A Game of Thrones, or watch some of the TV show before buying this to see if the series is definitely to your taste. A lot of people complained that there is too much sex, swearing, detail and that their favorite characters were killed off. If you don't like any of that in the your fiction then I wouldn't suggest the series to you. If, however, you love that sort of stuff in your fiction, like me, then I urge you to go read A Game of Thrones right now or try and catch the TV show.

The books themselves are a lot better quality then the previous paperbacks. Before I bought this set I already owned all of the books but they were very used, small fat things with tiny print and the hardback of the fifth title was very, very heavy and after a while a nuisance to hold, if you have kindle those issues are not a problem but a lot of people have been annoyed with the kindle edition so I wouldn't recommend that unless the kindle edition is significantly cheaper. These paperbacks are taller, slimmer and the print is easier on the eye then older editions.

Also the fact that the newest book in the saga, A Dance with Dragons, is split into two parts; Dreams and Dust and After the Feast is an advantage for the majority of Ice and Fire fans that didn't like A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons as much as the first three. The latest two books in the series were not as well liked because Martin put half the characters in the fourth book and the other half in the fifth book and they both carried on directly after the third book in the series. The advantage about the fifth book being split is that you can read book 4 and 5 part 1 together so you won't go to long without half the characters and come Part 2 After the Feast all the characters are back together in the same book again.

Lastly some readers were irritated at the the box, mines okay, but it's just okay, nothing special. Many faults were that some boxes had split and a few customers experienced difficulty putting the books back into the box, honestly I wouldn't worry about it too much because Martin plans to release at least two more books in this series so the box isn't vital. On the whole, though, this set is outstanding, I would definitely recommend this box set to you if you're a fan of the books and/or the TV show unless you can get them cheaper separately and aren't worried about the map. Thank you for reading my review, hope it was helpful.
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Inheritance (The Inheritance cycle)
Inheritance (The Inheritance cycle)
by Christopher Paolini
Edition: Hardcover

34 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The End of the Inheritance Cycle, 8 Nov. 2011
Inheritance is the final book of Christopher Paolini's Inheritance Cycle. The previous books have been fairly criticised for the plot being to similar to the original Star Wars trilogy and characters similar to those of The Lord of the Rings. However this book is simply fantastic, an absoloute brilliant ending which makes the series on a whole very good. Out of all four of the books this one was the most original and I think that all the books seemed to have become more origignal as they've came along.

After reading this book which, came 3 days before the official release date, I couldn't believe how good it was I had high expectations because I do like the first three but the plot of this book was so fast it it just pulled me in and I finished it in under 3 days. It solves certain mysteries from the previous books as well but alsothings happen that you wouldn;t expect to happen and quite a few things come into this book with no references to from the previous books. This book was less predictable apart from the fact that we know the ending would be either Eragon killing Galbatorix or Galbatorix killing Eragon or enslaving him and maybe one or two other things we could predict but other than that it is very hard to guess what will happen in most events.

As I mentioned before the story comes at such a fast place and there are still roughly 300 pages left when the Varden come knocking on galbatorix's gates and I'm staring at the book assuming this is the final battle but wondering how Paolini is going to keep the story going because it is effectively do or die for the Varden at this point howver the plot does slow and but only within a hundred pages left.

The characters around Eragon in this story develop very well from the previous books an example Murtagh he's my favourite character because he has always been unpredictable. At the end of the first book he's a good guy at the end of the 2nd and 3rd we're not sure. You never know what you're going to get with him there are two paths placed infront of him and he acts like a man who would flip a coin to decide what he's going to do next. Arya does become more friendly in this one even thought she was a bit uptight in the previous books and Roran just becomes a better fighter with each fight and his determination never seems to end and Glaedr we learn alot more about him because in the last two books it was almost like he was stuck in Oromis's shadow because Eragons training revolves around Oromis more but in this one he is in it alot more and we learn more about him.

Overall this was a brilliant end to the series the best one by far. Even if you didn't like the first three read this one because it is a fantastic end and will make up for them and those who do like the previous books will love this one.

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