Author: George R.R. Martin Goodreads rating: 4.38/5 My Rating: 3.75/5 Pages: 761 Reviewed by: Amy Goodreads Synopsis: A comet the color of blood and flame cuts across the sky. Two great leaders—Lord Eddard Stark and Robert Baratheon—who hold sway over an age of enforced peace are dead, victims of royal treachery. Now, from the ancient citadel of Dragonstone to the forbidding shores of Winterfell, chaos reigns. Six factions struggle for control of a divided land and the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms, preparing to stake their claims through tempest, turmoil, and war. It is a tale in which brother plots against brother and the dead rise to walk in the night. Here a princess masquerades as an orphan boy; a knight of the mind prepares a poison for a treacherous sorceress; and wild men descend from the Mountains of the Moon to ravage the countryside. Against a backdrop of incest and fratricide, alchemy and murder, victory may go to the men and women possessed of the coldest steel...and the coldest hearts. For when kings clash, the whole land trembles. This book kept right up with the first book in terms of twists and turns :) I am definitely the type of person who, when something extremely unexpected happens, I will yell at the book like I'm arguing with what happened (no judgements please).
Things go from bad to worse to worser (yes I am in fact making that a word). There aren't a lot of happy moments for our beloved characters. The characters get thrown for a lot of different loops which makes me wonder if any of them knows which way is up.
Be prepared because your opinions of your favorite characters may change. You think you know a person and boom! twist and they turn into a complete scumbag. Or you think you that a character is the the most evil thing you have ever seen and then you find someone much worse. Or someone who you think is a bad guy turns out to have a little inkling of a heart. Do not place any bets on what any character will do because my bet is that you will be wrong.
Which leads me into my final point. So many twists and turns happen in the book that it is impossible to predict what will happen. The book can be confusing at times so make sure to pay attention. Martin likes to put in little hints as to what will happen later in the book. Some of the stories don't seem to be relevant (for me, it was Jon's story. Love the guy, but so much was happening south of the Wall that I didn't feel as excited reading his chapters. His last chapter however shows that my opinion my change in the next book, however). Little is resolved in this book so I hope you have the next book on hand for when you finish.