July 16, 2011

George R R Martin - A Song of Ice and Fire

Colossal., Staggering......... Martin captures all the intoxicating complexity of the Wars of the Roses or imperial Rome in his Imaginary world.........

George R R Martin writing is always Powerful

A Song of Ice And Fire Series..........

Game of Throne
Martin's Seven Kingdoms resemble England during the Wars of the Roses, with the Stark and Lannister families standing in for the Yorks and Lancasters. The story of these two families and their struggle to control the Iron Throne dominates the foreground; in the background is a huge, ancient wall marking the northern border, beyond which barbarians, ice vampires, and direwolves menace the south as years-long winter advances. Abroad, a dragon princess lives among horse nomads and dreams of fiery reconquest.
There is much bloodshed, cruelty, and death, but A Game of Thrones is nevertheless compelling;

 A Clash of Kings
The Price of Glory.....
from the ancient citadel of dragonstone to the forbidding shores of Winterfell, chaos reign as pretenders to their claims.
As a prophecy of doom cuts across the sky -a comet the color of blood and flame- five factions struggle for control of a divided land...
Against a backdrop of incest and fratricide , alchemy and murder , the price of glory is measured in blood

A Storm of Swords - Steel and Snow

Blood runs truer than oaths.........
The seven kingdoms are divided by revolt and blood feud as winter approaches like an angry beast. In the northern wasters a horde of hungry, savage people steeped in the dark magic of the wilderness is poised to invade the kingdom of the North where Rodd Satrk wears his new-forged crown. And Robb's defence are ranged against the South, the land of the cunning and cruel Lannisters, who have his young sisters in their power.

A Storm of Swords - Blood and Gold
Fear cuts deeper than swords....
Storm is full of admirable intricacies. Events that you thought Martin was setting up solidly for the first two books are exposed as complex feints; the field quickly narrows after the Battle of the Blackwater and once again, anything goes. Robb tries desperately to hold the North together, Jon returns from the wildling lands with a torn heart, Bran continues his quest for the three-eyed crow beyond the Wall, Catelyn struggles to save her fragile family, Arya becomes ever more wolflike in her wanderings, Daenerys comes into her own, and Joffrey's cruel rule from King's Landing continues, making even his fellow Lannisters uneasy. Martin tests all the major characters in A Storm of Swords: some fail the trial, while others--like Martin himself--seem to only get stronger

A Feast For Crows
A Feast for Crows is the fourth volume of A Song of Ice and Fire, and at the time of publication was the most troubled book in the series to write. George R.R. Martin had planned to have a five-year narrative gap between the events of A Storm of Swords and the following book, A Dance with Dragons, with the readership rejoining the action after the various characters had had a chance to regroup and learn new skills and get a bit older. In the event, this plan proved unworkable, with Martin unable to come up with a reason why the Others would wait five years before making their next move or why events in the Iron Islands or Dorne would not play out for another half-decade.

 Truly epic....... with its magnificent Action-filled Climax, it Provides a Banquet For FANTASY LOVERS

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