In this third installment Martin went ahead and add even more complexities to the already complex characters. Readers going from loathing Jaime Lannister in earlier books to somewhat empathizing with him. To The King Slayer’s credit though, he did stick out his head (well arm) somewhat for Brienne of Tarth. Is there some degree of honour still left in the once sworn Kings Guard?
Sansa is also becoming a likeable character as she matures and some ( I believe) of the stupidity is wearing off.
Tyrion Lannister continues to be himself even in the midst of a continuing difficult relationship with every member of his family.
People were distraught and downright couldn’t cope after that dreadful event with the rains of Castamere playing in the backdrop (I will not describe the event here for obvious reasons) took place. Honestly, with the exception of Catherine’s wail-I smh a little at the young wolf, I was unmoved by the whole event. I mean, how stupid can you be to offend the most despicable of creature in the seven kingdoms and not take heed. but, I digress.
The Plot Thickens
This book is 626 pages long (in paperback) but never fear, the more you read, the better it gets. Book 3 picks up from A Clash with kings where civil war is rampant in the seven Kingdoms and the Houses scurry to form alliances and plead their loyalty to a King. The major houses are; House stark of Winterfell, House Tully of Riverrun, House Lannister of Casterly Rock, House Baratheon of Storm’s end, House Greyjoy of Pike, House Arryn of the Eyrie, House Tyrell of Highgarden and House Martell of sunspear. As far as teams, this is how it went down.
Who is politically aligned to who.
Lannister/Tyrell/Martell (The Tyrell switch from Renly Baratheon when he was killed by that shadow-Margery is to wed Joffery)
Starks/Tully/ Arryn(trying to make this happen since Lysa is Catelyn Stark’s sister)
Greyjoy (stands alone)
Baratheon( Stannis working on something with Melisandre the red priestess).
On the wall, John finally meets the king beyond the wall and sets out to prove his new loyalty to them and Ygritte is bent on making Jon a man (sexually).
In the Far east, Daenerys is still on her quest to find that army that will help her to reclaim the Iron Throne.
So, for those who have been living under a rock and have not seen any installment of HBO’s Game of Thrones season 3, this is the review is for you. This is book 3 so everyone should be familiar with how Martin is able to switch from one character’s narrative as effortlessly as breathing. For the slow reader, do try to keep up.
Book 3 is narrated through the point of view (POV) of 12 characters, including the prologue and epilogue as follows;
- Prologue: A member of the Night’s watch
- Ser Jaime Lannister
- Jon Snow
- Lady Catelyn Stark
- Tyrion Lannister
- Sansa Stark
- Arya Stark
- Bran stark
- Samwell Tarly (the fat guy from the Nights watch’s Jon’s friend)
- Ser Davos Seaworth (Stannis Guy (use to be until Melisandre comes along)
- Queen Daenerys Targaryen (Dany)
- Epilogue (Merett Frey) from that God awful Frey clan
I will not go through all POV since honestly, that’s what reading the book is for. The story moves along quickly and things are beginning to happen faster than how they happened in any other of Martin’s previous installments. This book continues with the war of the seven Kingdoms and the demise of House Stark. I can truly say that while Martin does not have any particular favourites when it comes to his characters, The starks certainly had it bad from they ever set foot out of Winterfell. Catelyn mourns her husband, the scattering of her children and just the sorrow of trying to hold it together when her life is ruined beyond imagination. Sansa stark is becoming a martyr just like her mother, with no family in Kings Landing and the daughter of a traitor and her closest friend been her handmaid (a disguised whore), however will she survive? I see some type of strength there, she is yet to play the Game of Thrones as well as everyone else at Kings Landing though. Alas, Bran Stark is still crippled and still having his weird dreams of turning into his wolf. I really hope Bran’s character gets interesting soon because now, his chapters are as dull as a dishwater. My favourite Stark and my daughter’s namesake Arya is just a Boss and could have done so much damage if only she was born as a boy. I absolutely love Arya’s chapters. How she desperately journeys to meet up with any single remainder of her family. so close but never quite made it 😦