The first three volumes of ASOIAF are among the finest works of fantasy; an epic canvas of feuds, magic, betrayal, love, warfare and frozen zombies. However our relationship gets a little awry in this, the fourth book. Here I'll summarise with minimal spoilers: BRIENNE: The problem here is that we focus eight whole chapters on a knight's quest that we know from the get-go is a forlorn hope. Interesting stuff happens but not relevant stuff. The story cuts out just when it might be going somewhere. CERSEI: A whole ten chapters is given to watching a queen lose her bearings. Interesting,yes,but by this point we have little empathy for this bitch(in heat). Mostly a window to see how other characters are getting on. JAIME: He's a badass knight in search of a story. He finds it, but only near the end. EDDARD: Whoops, my mistake. SANSA: A teenage girl climbs down a down a mountain, when suddenly things get very interesting only to cut ou GREYJOY: A royal pissing contest leads to a surprising development that won't happen until the next book. BREASTS: Your need to read about breasts will be sated in every chapter. MARTELL: A redundant character loses the head he should have been using. Whole plot rendered meaningless by a cripple with bedsores. SAMWELL: Midget sex? Kinky. Incest? Agreeable. Samwell,even with his clothes on?....... My main beef with this installment is that as soon as any storyline gets interesting,it ends. This book is more a warm-up, a trailer, an appetiser with god-forsaken raisins in it. It's not to the quality of the prior three but it's not Crossroads of Twilight either. It's dissapointing but nonetheless I'd buy the next one as soon as it comes out.
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