“Mercy is never a mistake.”
This is a mammoth epic fantasy, which everybody has heard about! You can find the goodreads page for it here.
“Nothing burns like the cold.”
- Writing quality: 5/5
- Pacing: 4/5
- Characters: 4/5
- Enjoyability: 3.5/5
- Ease of reading: 3.5/5
- Thought-provoking: 4.5/5
- Merit and originality: 4.5/5
- Overall love: 12/15
“The man who passes the sentence should swing the sword.”
DO NOT READ ON UNLESS YOU HAVE READ THE BOOK – SPOILER ALERT!
“Some old wounds never truly heal, and bleed again at the slightest word.”
“Never forget what you are, for surely the world will not.”
This book was intense, and a huge read! It’s taken me about three weeks to get through the whole thing – and I’m on my holidays!
“Give me honourable enemies rather than ambitious ones, and I’ll sleep more easily by night.”
My favourite characters were: Arya (because she was so passionate about living), Bran (for being honest and brave), Jon (for doing the best he could) and Ned (for being the best he could). I didn’t like: Sansa (because she was weak and naive), Tyrion (for being a dick, basically), Joffrey (for being cold) and Viserys (for being power-hungry and hateful).
“Every flight begins with a fall.”
Most, if not all, of the characters were very well developed – which is great to see in a first book. However, I seemed to hate as many of them as I liked, which was almost definitely intentional, but it did bring down the enjoyability of the book.
“It was better not to speak of the things you want.“
The imagery was stunning and vivid, it was very special, and you could really imagine yourself in this world.
“Most men would rather deny a hard truth than face it.”
I noticed that the characters had to grow up very quickly – especially Daenerys, who was only 14 when she was practically sold by her abusive brother to a clan leader in exchange for his armies to take back the land as his own. She then has to have a child, who dies, as does her now husband. Living in this strange new environment, she has to abide by gross clan cultures. For example, when she was pregnant, she had to eat a raw heart of a horse to ‘give her child strength’.
“It took a queer sort of courage to admit to cowardice.”
I will be very interested in continuing with this series, however I am going to be taking a break from the epic fantasy for a bit of light reading!
“Every hurt is a lesson, and every lesson makes you better.”
I will be continuing on with this series, but I have to break the series apart and read smaller books in between. I feel this is going to be a huge undertaking!
“All halls lead somewhere. Where there is a way in, there is a way out.“
Because this was a big book, I collected a lot of quotes from it, and there are too many to sandwich into the review, so here are a few more favourites:
“You can’t hammer tin into iron, no matter how hard you beat it, but that doesn’t mean tin is useless.”
“A man who won’t listen can’t hear.”
“No sword is strong until it’s been tempered.”
“A tame wolf is more use than a dead one.”
“There is no creature on Earth half so terrifying as a truly just man.”
“We are only human, and the gods have fashioned us for love.”
“Soon or late in every man’s life comes a day when it is not easy, a day when he must choose.”
“The hard truths are the ones to hold tight.”
Another review heavy with quotes, but I think they convey the feel of the book better than I can.
Thank you for reading!
– Catriona x