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The Story Continues
on 26 April 2016
For me it doesn’t matter if I am reading one of these books for the first time, re-reading a previous one, or having not touched one for about a year come back to the story, as I am soon once again immersed in this world fully realised by George R R Martin. With believable characters, and situations that show similarities with history, these books make an enjoyable romp. Although coming under the fantasy heading what I really enjoy is that although there is a bit of magic here, and some dragons, these books have more akin to historical novels, even more so as the author was influenced by such books and periods of history as the Thirty Years War, and other incidents in Europe.
In some ways this book does start off running parallel with the previous novel, ‘A Feast for Crows’ as it covers some of the same timeframe, but giving us what has happened to other characters that were not covered within that book. This also moves on past that so we are once again taken forward in a traditional chronological order.
It is definitely getting colder on the other side of the Wall, and Jon Snow knows that it is only a matter of time when the unknown from beyond will try to cover the rest of Westeros, but he has hard decisions to make, which will not please some as he has to do the best he can to protect the realm. Daenerys has hard decisions to make herself, across the sea. She may have started off conquering but she is increasingly meeting resistance, most especially because she has outlawed slavery, something others have been making money out of for years. There is certainly a resistance from other rulers, wishing she would either die or go and try to conquer Westeros and leave them in peace, to carry on making money.
I always like to catch up with Tyrion as he is just one of those characters you can’t help but liking, and we also here manage at last to catch up with Brandon Stark and his group of survivors, who are now beyond the Wall.
With treachery, violence, treason and double crosses, as well as deception this book has it all, with a story that keeps you hooked from beginning to end. If you have read all the books up to this so far, then at the present time there is only the second volume to go of this book ‘A Dance With Dragons 2: After the Feast’, as we are still all eagerly awaiting the eventual finishing and publication of the next novel.