The fourth book in the Fire and Ice series and a good read at that. Picking up after the events of A Storm of Swords, this story, like it's predecessors, follows several characters. This time, however, we have some new faces and this is the first book where Jon, Tyrion, and Daenerys, are not characters whose perspective we get to see from. However, unlike some (i.e. Ned, Cateylyn, and Robb), they will show up in the next book. the new faces include Aeron Greyjoy (the Prophet/Drowned Man), Asha Greyjoy (the Kraken's Daughter), Victarion Greyjoy (The Iron Captain/Reaver), Aero Hotah (the Captain of the Guards), Arys Oakheart (The Soiled Knight), and Arianne Martell (The Queenmaker/Princess in the Tower). Arya and Sansa also go through an alias/name change to Cat of the Canals and Alayne respectively on account of Arya's training and Sansa being in hiding after the conclusion of A Storm of Swords.
It's a bit of a change up, but it's not a bad one. Personally, Brienne, Arya, and Jamie's are my favorite parts. Cersei's was interesting too. It may be lacking with some of the characters you've come to like, but I would still recommend reading this book. It also covers season 4 as well as 5 and 6. This is for Adult audiences.
Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Wednesday, February 12, 2020
This is the third book in George R.R. Martin's acclaimed series Of Fire an Ice. This one is longer than the previous to. Not only in terms of action and story, but pages as well. This is the longest book thus far, if not the longest book in the series. That shouldn't detour you from reading this, however, as it is still pretty enjoyable. And much like the previous two books, we get to see differing perspectives from different characters, including Jamie, Daenarys, Tyrion, Jon, Sansa, Arya, Catelyn, and Davos. We get to see Brienne and Jamie get closer to Casterly Rock, what becomes of Sansa around the time of Joffrey's wedding, and Daenerys building up and army with her three dragons having grown more just to name a few things.
If you're wondering , and have seen the show, the book does outline all of season 3 of the show, part of the fourth, and the remaining possible sprinkled into the fifth. This is a great book if you're looking for some good fantasy and is primarily for adult audiences.
Tuesday, February 4, 2020
North Branch’s Mystery Book Discussion selection for February is The Cold Dish by Craig Johnson, the first in the Walt Longmire Mystery series. The popular Netflix series Longmire is based on these books. Walt Longmire is the snarky but loveable sheriff of the fictional Absaroka County in Wyoming and is on the verge of retirement. As you might expect, things don’t go as planned and he soon finds himself in charge of a murder investigation. The victim is one of a group of four young men charged with a heinous crime - but let off easy - two years earlier and it appears that the lives of the remaining three boys are at risk. Johnson populates his story with memorable characters, writes with humor and vivid detail, and his love for the American west and Wyoming shines through. Fans of Clint Eastwood films would particularly enjoy this book and series.