Cersei Lannister stands accused of high treason and with few friends she needs to find a defender before it’s too late. Her brother Jaime has vanished somewhere in the riverlands, whilst Tyrion is across the narrow sea. Meanwhile, Jon Snow has to placate the wildlings, yet he increasingly alienates his brothers of the Night’s Watch. In the east, Daenerys Targaryen strives for a fragile peace which comes at a bitter price. A brutal dance with dragons will follow.
I prefer both parts of A Dance with Dragons to A Feast for Crows. Most of the narrators are more interesting. Though apart from Asha and Theon, the Krakens are a bit meh. One of the highlights of this book includes the chapter where Cersei is made to feel humble. You can tell that she’s going to get revenge on everyone!
The author’s willingness to kill off major characters is a huge gamble. You feel attached to the narrators and when it appears that they are going to die, disbelief sets in. Sometimes, however, Martin creates great cliffhangers so that you think a character has died when they haven’t. I’m hoping that one of my favourite characters has not been killed off, after reading this book. Fingers crossed.
My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐