Posted in Fantasy, Rated LI

A Storm of Swords

A Storm of Swords

Author: George R. R. Martin

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: LI

Synopsis:

Here is the third volume in George R. R. Martin’s magnificent cycle of novels that includes A Game of Thrones and A Clash of Kings. As a whole, this series comprises a genuine masterpiece of modern fantasy, bringing together the best the genre has to offer. Magic, mystery, intrigue, romance, and adventure fill these pages and transport us to a world unlike any we have ever experienced. Already hailed as a classic, George R. R. Martin’s stunning series is destined to stand as one of the great achievements of imaginative fiction.

A Storm of Swords

Of the five contenders for power, one is dead, another in disfavor, and still the wars rage as violently as ever, as alliances are made and broken. Joffrey, of House Lannister, sits on the Iron Throne, the uneasy ruler of the land of the Seven Kingdoms. His most bitter rival, Lord Stannis, stands defeated and disgraced, the victim of the jealous sorceress who holds him in her evil thrall. But young Robb, of House Stark, still rules the North from the fortress of Riverrun. Robb plots against his despised Lannister enemies, even as they hold his sister hostage at King’s Landing, the seat of the Iron Throne. Meanwhile, making her way across a blood-drenched continent is the exiled queen, Daenerys, mistress of the only three dragons still left in the world….

But as opposing forces maneuver for the final titanic showdown, an army of barbaric wildlings arrives from the outermost line of civilization. In their vanguard is 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 SevenKingdoms have exploded in a veritable storm of swords. . .

Bluestocking’s Opinion: If you have seen the show, this is the third season. This book has the Red Wedding and the Purple Wedding amongst other things. This book a few new players enter the series, namely the Tyrell family. Also we meet the famous Tywin Lannister. We do find out a few new secrets such as who sent the hitman to kill Bran Stark. We also find out who killed John Arryn. It appears that Joffrey might be the ultimate cause of the War of the Five Kings.

I was a little bit disappointed because there was no mention or discussion regarding the history of the Others. I really wish the author would give us something! Also I would love to know who Coldhands really is and how he can be alive when his heart no longer beats. I really with Sansa would grow a spine and become a bigger player in the game. She just sits there like the perfect lady. **sighs**

Posted in Loved It, Speculative, steampunk

Waistcoats & Weaponry

Waistcoats & Weaponry

Author: Gail Carriger

Genre: Speculative, steampunk

Rating: L

Synopsis:

Sophronia continues her second year at finishing school in style–with a steel-bladed fan secreted in the folds of her ball gown, of course. Such a fashionable choice of weapon comes in handy when Sophronia, her best friend Dimity, sweet sootie Soap, and the charming Lord Felix Mersey stowaway on a train to return their classmate Sidheag to her werewolf pack in Scotland. No one suspected what–or who–they would find aboard that suspiciously empty train. Sophronia uncovers a plot that threatens to throw all of London into chaos and she must decide where her loyalties lie, once and for all.

Gather your poison, steel tipped quill, and the rest of your school supplies and join Mademoiselle Geraldine’s proper young killing machines in the third rousing installment in the New York Times bestselling Finishing School Series by steampunk author, Gail Carriger.

Bluestocking’s Opinion: I think what I liked most about this book is that fact that there was finally a tie-in to the Parasol Protectorate series! Last book we got to see Lord Akeldama, but I wanted there to be some overlap with plot. Finally, we got to see the effect of Lord Maccon leaving the Scotland pack and how Niall became the new leader even though he wasn’t an Alpha. I’m really interested to see where the author is going to go with the whole Pickleman plot. I don’t recall seeing them in the Parasol Protectorate series. Perhaps Sophronia deals them a heavy blow so they go underground? That would be interesting. I’m hoping by the end of this series we will see Sophronia’s story tie into that of Alexia’s. Anyway, this was a great read. I love the school’s slogan of “sovereign, sovereigns, or seduction.” Words every woman should live by.

I really want one of those bladed fans like what Sophronia has in the picture.  It’s practical for cooling oneself as well as defense and attack.

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