The wildlings hope to break the wall and bring war to the Seven Kingdoms. Mance Rayder, the self-styled King-beyond-the-Wall prepares to advance on the south and threaten the safety of the entire realm. Battles are fought for glory and revenge. And as the cold winds are rising, the dead walk again.
What I like about these books is the individuality of the different narratives. Sometimes, you’ll read a book which has multiple narrators and they all tend to sound the same i.e. the author’s voice. With this series of books, all of the narrators have distinctive voices, so each chapter differs in its tone, language and mood from the last.
There are a couple of welcome new narrators, as well as new characters. The Queen of Thorns is sassy! Although I prefer Arya Stark to Sansa Stark, I do enjoy reading Sansa’s chapters. One thing I noticed is that Sansa is worried about a female character. I think she ought to be more worried about herself. Sansa is isolated from her family and alone.
In the first two books, the wolves and their supporters come across as the good guys, whilst the lions and their supporters are the bad guys. The lines are blurred in A Storm of Swords as some of the northmen are less than admirable in their actions.
My rating: ★★★★☆