George R.R. Martin is a Sadist...and We Love It!
If this intrigues you, I urge you to read this series. It is not a super easy and quick read, especially with the average book being approximately 1,000+ pages. I promise you though, it is SO worth it.
A Song of Ice and Fire series order of books:
A Game of Thrones (1996)
A Clash of Kings (1998)
A Storm of Swords (2000)
A Feast for Crows (2005)
A Dance with Dragons (2011)
HALT! Go no further unless you have read ALL the books in the series or have been spoiled through book #5, A Dance with Dragons.
I will start off by saying that book #5 in A Song of Ice and Fire series was going pretty slow. I had been tandem reading (which I wrote about here) books 4 & 5, A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons, the whole way. There was so much new plot building and so many new characters. I yearned for more, more, MORE of the old characters! I wanted story lines wrapped up. I wanted the evil ones (I’m looking at you, Cersei) to pay! I’ll admit it. I wanted somebody to die. Somebody always dies. Where are the deaths you promised me, GRRM?!
Be Careful What You Wish For
On page 1000, of ADWD, my heart was ripped out of my body and stomped on by Mr. George R.R. Martin.
Wait. Let me back up a bit. The chapter before this one, I was sorry to read about a foolish young Prince Quentyn’s demise. Yet, I didn't know him that well. I didn't respect him very much. I thought he seemed a bit foolish before he got himself killed. Yet, I was still surprised that he was killed off so quickly. I really feel sorry for his father, Prince Doran Martell, the Prince of Dorne and Lord of Sunspear. Dorne just can’t catch a break! Prince Martell had all these awesome plans, and they've all gone to shit! It's a real shame. However, it didn't rock my world.
Then...page 1,000 happened.
|And I was like, "Wait. What's happening?!"...|
|And I started cursing GRRM...|
|No. This isn't happening. If I don't keep reading, it didn't happen.|
What did we learn in A Game of Thrones, Jon Snow?
I'm a Believer Now
This post is about the pain that GRRM inflicted upon me when he killed another beloved character. However, I'd also like to touch on something notable from ADWD. Melisandre stayed behind when Stannis headed for Winterfell. I thought this was odd, as did some of the characters in the book. Now, I see why. She stayed behind because she knew Jon would need her. Jon never knew it himself, even up until the very end. She tried to warn Jon that he was in danger. She had seen it in her fires.
Melisandre of Asshai, page 448, 449. She is looking into her fires.
Now he was a man, now a wolf, now a man again. But the skulls were here as well, the skulls were all around him. Melisandre had seen his danger before, had tried to warn the boy of it. Enemies all around him, daggers in the dark. He would not listen. Unbelievers never listened until it was too late.
I pray for a glimpse of Azor Ahai, and R’hllor shows me only Snow.
|Wait, what now? I didn't catch that the 1st time.|
Bottom line, if you love this series, then it's going to amaze you with it's brilliance, shock the crap out of you, and cut you deep. But it's worth it.
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