Reviews from Lord Taylor of Glencoe
A Storm of Swords, Part 1 – Steel and Snow: George R.R.Martin, October 12—31, 2015
My rating: ♦♦♦♦◊
Buckle up. Things just got real. In Game of Thrones, Ned is in the North, Robert is on the Throne and Dany is being quietly pimped out by her brother. It was all so simple.
Now, ramifications are exploding all over the place as the interconnected (dare I say, incestuous?) webs of loyalties crumble or explode all over the place.
Pretty much any scene with Tyrion, Varys, or Jaimie and Brienne is unmissable. However others, such as any Bran chapter – mostly revolving around the theme of sulking over being a cripple – can be quite boring.
Overall, though, the saga continues to build pace. While I praised the accessibility and readability of the series, with every chapter almost a standalone vignette, it has its drawbacks. It doesn’t really give that compulsive, page-turner feel. Each little update is nicely tied up at the end of the chapter and it’s easy to put it down.
The other problem is, because this is volume 1 of a 2-part instalment, it doesn’t build to anything the same way the previous books do. However, Part 2 looks to be very interesting.