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Not bad, but not great by a long shot.
on 24 March 2017
It's going to be hard to review this as it is part 1 of 2, and as it is spilt out into 2 books, it's easy to forget that.
I have mixed emotions about this book. But generally, I think there are more positives than negatives.
George RR Martin does a very good job of the world building, and I have to say I sometimes believe that what I am reading really happened. The main characters have their own personality and these have changed with the events that have happened over the previous books. I do like how all of the characters (except Joffrey and Cersi etc) are very different to the ones we met in the first book.
However, A LOT of this book was uneventful, and I feel that not much has happened over nearly 600 pages. Most chapters were people walking to wherever they're going and just talking and then they'd be diverted and then keep talking, and nothing really happened.
My favourite storyline in this is Danerys' by far. It's interesting, fast paced and exciting. My least favourite has to be Sansa's. God she irritates me so much! Yeah, I feel sorry for you but I call it karma for all the whining we got at the beginning. And again, nothing much really happened. I can only think of one thing significantly added to the story.
Like I said at the beginning, this is half of the story, so I am praying that the crescendo isn't too far away. The last 2 chapters were about Bran and Jon, and were 2 of the best in the book, so it has made me want to pick up part 2 almost straight away. I just hope that it is more eventful and interesting as part 1.
3 stars - Not bad, but not great by a long shot.