After the semi-disaster – well, for me, anyways – that was A Feast for Crows, A Dance with Dragons was a welcome read. All my favourite characters are back in the narrative, as all the various locations have come back together again. I might not be happy with all of their storylines, but at least they have storylines again.
I kind of didn’t love this book. If it weren’t for the fact that it’s necessary reading to understand the plot going forward, I’d tell you not to bother.
So much goes on in this book that it’s actually kind of overwhelming. I knew a lot of it first, because I watched the third season of Game of Thrones before I got to this volume, but it really only goes about halfway. Everything after that is new material. And let me tell you, I definitely knew when I hit that point. It was like, POW!, Red Wedding, and then everything just went to hell in a handbasket afterwards.
After the fallout from the events in the first book, everything seems to take off in A Clash of Kings. Up until this point, everything was character development and conflict setup. Backstory, if you will. Now that everything’s in place, the drama really starts to happen.
As in so many other cases, I didn’t read A Game of Thrones until after I’d watched the first season of the HBO series. And, as in so many other cases, the book is so much better than the movie (or, in this case, tv series).