Okay. I got into the first one, cool wolves. Cool dragons. Cool idea of how to make an interesting fantasy story.
Then people started dying.
And then I got to the second book, and skimmed it as much as I could. Why? I just couldn’t be bothered with the inherent whining of some characters. I got bored with some of the storylines.
I don’t know if this was because my limited attention span during some fairly busy periods at work, or whether I just couldn’t be bothered with the ‘epicness’ of the intertwined threads – but I just found so many of them frustrating.
So I’ve not gone on to finish the series, for starters so many people spoiled a lot of the storylines on Facebook, and I feel I’d get more out of other books for my time. And all the character killing? Bleak bleak bleak. I really don’t want to be depressed for 6 months while I plough through the series. I didn’t finish ‘The Road’ for this reason, and I’m really not bothered by this series either.
Here’s a quote from an Amazon * (yes that’s ONE star) that pretty much sums up how I feel about it.
This was a big dissapointment after all the positive reviews that I read. What exactly was the point of this book?
Was it to prove that even good people are compromised in certain circumstances? If so then Martin achieved his purpose but I found none of the characters worthy of redemption and, as a result, was unable to finish it.
I read fantasy as an avenue of escape. There was no escape here as this book was simply depressing.
gah. Give me a bit of Pug and Thomas or Lyra and Will over this any day!