*Warning: Spoilers/Theories at the very end of this review*
It is difficult to write a synopsis for a book in a series, especially when you don’t want to give away too many spoilers. A Dance with Dragons: After the Feast returns to the battle for the Iron Throne, beginning where Part One ends – obviously! A Dance with Dragons focused on the North and life across the seas from Westoros, however Part Two sees the narratives of most of the main characters come back together again. By the end of the book the dragons are on the loose, Cersei Lannister has fallen from power and Jon Snow has made the difficult decision to get involved in the war, something which men of The Wall are not supposed to do.
It is easier to talk about my thoughts on the book than focus on what happens as I am slightly less likely to give away spoilers this way. After A Feast for Crows I felt a little lost as far as this series went, but I am so glad the last two books returned to form and I cannot wait for the next one, even though the publication date is still unknown. I don’t think I’ll be able to say anything new as far as my feelings on these books goes, but I love them. Yes, in places the narrative is complicated and occasionally I forget what happened to a character in a certain book, but I discovered this amazing website (http://awoiaf.westeros.org/index.php/A_Song_of_Ice_and_Fire) which gives detailed profiles on every character and what happens to them in each book. I think this will come in handy when the next book is released as I’m sure I’ll forget what has happened to some characters by then.
The best thing about finishing A Song of Fire and Ice so far is that I can speak to my friend about theories as to what might happen next *geeks*. I did have one OMG moment in the last Jon Snow chapter as I genuinely did not see it coming, don’t worry he is alive (we hope!). In the earlier books I had an idea about Gendry, one of Robert’s bastard sons, and how maybe he would come to play a bigger role in the narrative, but as of yet he has failed to make a huge impact. Both my friend and I think Jon Snow is actually Lyanna Stark’s son with Rhaegar Targaryen, but my friend thinks we will then marry Danyeres and rule the Seven Kingdoms. I’m not too sure. She also has an interesting theory about who the three dragons represent and something involving Tyrion which I never thought about. Only time will tell I guess.
Mostly I am relieved I have finished the series before the TV show starts again. I had a nightmare avoiding spoilers in the past, so at least now I don’t need to worry about that. And I can finally watch series three and four.