Game of Thrones All Books – Book Review
One of the more difficult parts of being a Fantasy reader is that you often have to follow along with the book and start reading a new book only to find out that you missed some important characters or events in the series. However, even with these setbacks, it can be quite rewarding to finish the series after all the books have been written. If you read just one book, you may be missing important characters or events that give the story depth. Here are some of the main characters and events in the books.
Tyrion Lannister: I was a little surprised to see that Tyrion was only named as a character in A Feast for Crows. He has actually been a major character since the very beginning of the series, but there were only five books to chronicle his actions. Tyrion has a unique relationship with Daenerys Targaryen, and the two have known each other since childhood. This means that they have had their share of ups and downs. In the novels, Tyrion continues to serve his father Joffrey and has a large part in the infamous “Tyrion Lannister” storyline.
Cersei Lannister: We meet Cersei in A Feast for Crows, but for a long time she was not considered a major character until the later books. She has risen through the ranks of the royal family and ascended to her current position. However, the public image of her has begun to change. As the series has progressed, Cersei has shown that she is not just a shrewd manipulator, but has actually been quite compassionate and caring. In addition, she has also proven to be a good strategist and has helped the Kingsguard successfully fend off an assassination attempt.
Brienne of Tarth: I don’t believe this is the same woman that was featured in A Feast for Crows, but it seems likely that she will return in all the books. In A Feast for Crows, Brienne was a captivating romantic interest for Jaime Lannister. She was young, brave, and outspoken, and loved by the Seven Kingdoms. It was interesting to see that Brienne grew up to become a self-sacrificing woman, and her book Brienne’s Ghost depicted how she has matured from a 15-year-old girl.
Sansa Stark: I had wondered how Sansa would progress when she had been through so much by the end of A Feast for Crows. She did not seem to show much emotion throughout the series. She was by far the most likely character to become the next Hand of the King and even seemed to have the skill set to do it. She had been through much and had grown more patient in the face of hardship. I found her involvement in the Death Watch rather disturbing at times, but there was something very sweet about her last chapter in the books.
Arya Stark: The mysterious Arya Stark began her journey towards becoming the next in line for the hand of the king when she traveled with the Hound. But she eventually fell in love with Theon Greyjoy and became a half-sister to Jeyne Poole. In addition, Arya became a member of the Faceless Men, who had a strong influence on her character. However, her story was nearly derailed when Arya ended up in a sort of coma and received terrible burns, ending up looking more like her mother’s maid than her noble maid.
Bran Stark: In all books except for A Dance with Dragons, Bran is the youngest character. However, he has been featured prominently in all of the novels. He is the only character who has continued his descent into madness and darkness. He is frequently tormented by visions of the Three-Eyed Raven.
Daenerys Targaryen: The last of the Queen of the Andals and the First Men, she has survived to A Dance with Dragons and received yet another visit from the Three-Eyed Raven. She has also managed to usurp the throne from Aegon Targaryen, after which she was crowned the new ruler of the Seven Kingdoms in the main storyline of all the books.