Oh god, I don’t think I have it in my heart to give any of this series three stars but I came close. The final word from George R. R. Martin did tune into exactly what I thought, why had many of the characters – cough, Daenerys, cough – been completely skipped in this book? I knew going into it that the book had been split into two, but this just wasn’t very good in comparison.
And the characters were a problem for me. I say in every pointless ramble on this series that there are some chapters I fall into in each book and others I don’t, and it changes from book to book. Here, it was Sansa, Jaime and Cersei. Other than that – for the most part – I could have done without.
The problem is that with missing out some huge characters, Martin has to fill out the back story to a number of secondary characters as well as bringing in some new ones. The likes of Brienne were easier to bring forward as a lead character, but it just wasn’t as interesting after a while. The chapter names began to grate after a while. When new characters are introduced I have enough trouble placing them on the first few occasions when their name is there in black and white, let alone when they’re under some weird title. (I exclude Sansa and Arya’s new names in this complaint – those I liked).
But where I did fall into the chapters, I really fell. Cersei (I’d just like to note, she reminds me of someone I know in real life) was probably the most interesting, considering her manipulation hit ridiculous levels. I know Martin said in an interview that he knows many people will sit on the Iron Throne by the end, but I’m interested to see where it goes beyond the Lannisters, but with his bloodlust, I have a feeling it’ll be no one I like.