Archive for September, 2013


A STORM OF SWORDS by George R R Marin is #3 in A Song Of Fire and Ice Epic Fantasy Series. It is 1177 pages in length.

Brief Description:

Of the five contenders for power, one is dead, another in disfavor, and still the wars rage, as alliances are made and broken. Joffrey sits on the Iron Throne, the uneasy ruler of the Seven Kingdoms. His most bitter rival, Lord Stannis, stands defeated and disgraced, victim of the sorceress who holds him in her thrall. Young Robb still rules the North from the fortress of Riverrun. Meanwhile, making her way across a blood-drenched continent is the exiled queen, Daenerys, mistress of the only three dragons left in the world. And as opposing forces maneuver for the final showdown, an army of barbaric wildlings arrives from the outermost limits of civilization, accompanied by a horde of mythical Others–a supernatural army of the living dead whose animated corpses are unstoppable. As the future of the land hangs in the balance, no one will rest until the Seven Kingdoms have exploded in a veritable storm of swords….

My Review:

I can’t say enough about this series.  I think I like this one the best of all so far.  It was a book that you just couldn’t put down and when it ended, you wanted to pick up the next one to see what happened next.  Things are not always what they seem and I think this is the part that intrigues me the most.  Just when you hate someone so much, you begin to see the good side even though they are probably evil.  Characters you hated in the beginning you suddenly seem to grow fond of or they do something so out of character, you don’t see it coming.  You really can’t predict what will happen, because just when you think you have it figured out, it changes yet again.  Another reason you can’t put the books down.

The character building in these books is fantastic.  With each chapter you find some new tidbit that you really didn’t know and you wouldn’t expect based on what you already know.  I can see how people speculate on what might happen after one book, but things are changing all the time so what you think might happen doesn’t.  This is the only series of late where I didn’t figure out what was happening at least part way through.

I am giving this 5 out of 5 stars and am going to start listening to the next one to see what happens.  I hope Mr. Martin is writing fast as I really don’t want to be hanging on a cliff for years to come.

 

 

THE GLASS RAINBOW by James Lee Burke is 560 pages in paperback form. This is #18 in The David Robicheaux Series.

Brief Description:

The brutal murders of seven young women in a neighboring parish pull Robicheaux from his New Iberia home into a case with all the telltale signs of a serial killer. Except that one of the victims, a high school honors student, doesn’t fit. Investigating with his friend Clete Purcel, Robicheaux confronts Herman Stanga, a notorious pimp and crack dealer — but shocking violence sends the already blood-soaked case spiraling out of control. And with his daughter, Alafair, in love with a man with dangerous ties to a once prominent Louisiana family, every dark fear Robicheaux harbors for himself and his daughter is on the precipice of becoming reality.

My Review:

I love the literary feel to these books.  You sometimes need a dictionary to see figure out the meaning of some of the words, but that doesn’t bother me at all.  Some of the writing is very poetic too.  This one had his daughter in it too throughout the book.  It gives you the sense of what a real family is about and how each family member deals with the other.  How sometimes a parent only want the best for their child and will do anything to keep them safe even though the child doesn’t think they need that.

These books are definitely about good and evil and how the evil is sometimes very hard to understand and why or how they have become so evil.  I like this aspect of the book and wish more authors would do this.

After finishing this one, I had to start the next one as James Lee Burke really left you hanging at the end.  I am giving this 5 out of 5 stars.  It was well written as always and I do so enjoy all the conversations Dave has with Helen and others.

 

 

A CLASH OF KINGS by George R R Martin is 969 pages in Paperback length. This is #2 in A Song Of Fire And Ice Series.

Brief Description:

A comet the color of blood and flame cuts across the sky. And 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.

 

My Review:

This series will not let you stop reading.  To me that means the writing is so good, you just have to read the next chapter and then the next one.  I was told in the beginning to not become attached to any of the characters as bad things happen.  This is so true.  It does not detract from the book though and in fact I think it make that much better.  Because you are always wondering what will happen next.

The only thing is all the different characters in the book, sometimes becomes a bit much.  They may have minor parts and that is why you don’t really have to remember them.  This book did not really talk much about Rob and what he was up to.  It was more about the other main characters.

This to me had a bit more of the fantasy aspect of it, because there are dragons and wildlings in this one.  It is still historical in nature to me and possibly that is why it holds your interest for the entire span of the book.  The kings and knights are fighting amongst themselves and you never know who will win.

Interesting surprises in this one and I can’t wait to see what happens to Jon Snow, Arrya and Tyrion.  I believe these to be my favorite characters.  Bran is becoming a much more interesting character too and I want to see how he develops into a young man.

I am giving this 5 out of 5 stars.  This is not a book you can put down for a couple of days and then pick back up, you need to keep reading as there are so many characters to keep track of.