Descent

By J.D. Netto

 

“Other parts of the body can be broken and mended, but the wounded heart can never fully heal. Even eternity isn’t enough time to repair the damage.” – Lucifer

 

Goodreads synopsis:

After the battle of Agalmath, and with his five books now in his possession, Lucifer and his servants have taken the ancient Bellatorian fortress of Benhir Karbor, where they’ve gathered a numerous army of Fallen Stars, Nephilins, Men, and Beasts.
As the Dark One plots his massive attack against Elysium and Tristar, a secret festers in his heart – one he has managed to keep even from his most loyal servants. The certainty of his victory is also shattered when shadows of his past return and betrayal arises amongst those who serve him.
“There are darker things hidden in my heart than any darkness you’ve ever seen.”

 

A while ago, I read a very interesting theory about human character. It stated human beings normally possess three different masks: one they show to the world, one their close relatives perceive, and a final one they only see themselves, which ends up being the purest form of their character. In the previous novels, we’d seen the first two faces of the Lord of Darkness. However, the best way to understand his cruel point of view is by getting to know the secrets his final mask holds.

In this novella set in The Whispers of the Fallen universe, we have the privilege of immersing ourselves inside Lucifer’s own thoughts, feelings and concerns. What really took me by surprise while reading it was the fact that Lucifer is not so different from other characters we know: he has humane feelings, struggles, desires, and besides, his actions are well-justified when you see things as he does. Although darkness certainly resides inside his heart, for me, he ended up being one of the most engaging, well-developed, and round characters of the series.

I surely missed many of the main characters I’d grown fond of during the last three books, but I was glad to get to know better some of them such as Xavier and Daedeen, as well as their goals, their true intentions, and the impact they actually have on the story.

What I really enjoyed about Descent were the amount of plot twists it contains. Multiple times, I was surprised by the unexpected secrets J.D. finally revealed during this story, one of them being Nephele’s nature: it was one of the details that intrigues me the most. I’m almost sure everything we read in the novella will set the bases for what is to come further in the series: a darker and more ruthless Elysium our characters must have to face.

One of the things I enjoyed the most were the descriptions. As I’ve mentioned before in previous reviews for this series, the imagery is shocking, however, it doesn’t compare to how vivid it turns during this fourth book. J.D.’s choice of diction creates a certain tone to the novella that ensures the reader in just a very few pages how dark the world really is.

As always, J.D. Netto keeps surprising us readers with fast-paced books that will keep you at the edge of your seat (I finished Descent in almost a day because I couldn’t put it down!), a dark thematic and themes such as betrayal, friendship, hope, passion, and especially, our own struggle against the darkness within us and how if we see things with another’s eyes, we will be able to see how alike we actually are.

I would like to thank J.D. Netto for giving me the opportunity of being a beta reader. Descent is the first ARC I’ve ever read, and it was a whole experience for me.

I give this novella a 5/5 and a 10/10 (my favourite so far)

Be sure to check out J.D.’s website: https://www.thewhispersofthefallen.com/

So, order your copy! It comes out tomorrow!

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The Gathering of Shadows

By J.D. Netto

 

“When the stars blood drink. When the moon red turns. When the snow melts away. That’s when Elysium will burn.”

 

Goodreads synopsis:

“When the thread of hope is split into two, which side will you take?
After the capture of three book-bearers, Isaac, Xylia and Arundel are beckoned to return to Agalmath to meet the Dark One. Around the four corners of Elysium, Lucifer and his servants are gathering an army—uniting men, beast, Shadow and Nephilin to expand his kingdom.
Hidden in the shadows and holding one of Lucifer’s most faithful servants in captivity, the blood-drinkers continue to hunt down Isaac and the others, seeking to retrieve the Book of Letters.
Isaac and Xylia’s courage and willingness to fight is starting to wane as they now fear that the path they have taken will claim their lives.”

 

Why hadn’t I read this book before? It literally came out almost a year ago and it had been sitting in my book shelf ever since…until now. This third instalment of The Whispers of the Fallen series has been my ultimate favourite so far! Let me explain why. Even though it wasn’t as fast-paced as the last two novels, this book had a more developed plot, in which we can dive more into Isaac’s thoughts, we can learn more about each of the character’s personalities, aspirations, and struggles, and we end up discovering many secrets that were hiding in the deepest corners of Elysium.

Unlike the last books, this time, the story wasn’t told from multiple character’s points of view. We were guided by Isaac on his perilous journey back to where it all began: Agalmath. His struggle against darkness kept haunting him, and it was harder for him and his companions to fight back. There were parts in which I could almost swear they would give up, but their courage always helped them face their trials.

We get to see characters such as Xylia, who’s just perfect and a total badass; Demetre, who, in my opinion, is the embodiment of a true friend. He was the one who surprised me the most: even though he’s a character who’s always felt left behind, in this novel we can see how his true abilities reside in his courageous heart, and we can appreciate him more when he accepts to take up a dangerous mission only he can complete. Finally, Arundel, who was so much different than how I expected him to be when he first appeared. While reading Rebellion, he wasn’t my favourite, to be honest. He always seemed as a very stubborn character, and I actually believed he would be a burden to Isaac and Xylia, but in the end, J.D. totally proved me wrong.

Death was also a very likeable character. Yes: Death. He had appeared in the previous novels, but not as in this one. In The Gathering of Shadows, Death played the important part of a guide and ally to our heroes. He did something I found unexpected, which proved Death isn’t as bad as it’s always portrayed. I look forward to reading more about this character.

Finally, J.D. gave closure to this novel with a surprising ending, one that filled me with feelings of hopelessness and betrayal, but at the same time, with excitement for what will come in the next instalments of the series. As soon as I closed this book, I had to pick up my laptop and begin reading Descent because of how intense the ending was.

It’s been a while since I’d read a high fantasy series like this one. With J.D.’s phenomenal way of writing, his awesomely-built world, well-developed characters, he shows us how in the world not everything is what it seems.

Thank you, J.D., once again, for providing me with the copies of your books and letting me be a part of both your journey and our companions’.

I give this book a 5/5 and a 9/10

Be sure to check out J.D.’s website: https://www.thewhispersofthefallen.com/

Also, pre-order his next book Descent, which will come out this Saturday June 3rd! (it is phenomenal)

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The Whispers of the Fallen: Rebellion

By J.D. Netto

“Courage is the greatest weapon we could ever hope to wield.” […] “We must believe that we can be a light amidst this darkness.” – J.D. Netto

Goodreads synopsis

“Smoke rises from the ruins of fallen kingdoms. Forgotten secrets have been revealed. In the darkness of the world, Lucifer’s army grows.
The quest of the book-bearers grows even more perilous when Isaac and his companions discover that ancient enemies have risen from the Heart of Elysium, seeking to snatch the Book of Letters from their hands. The Nephilins are now aided by Xavier, one of the Fallen Rulers. Villages have been brought to the ground by armies of Shadows. Creatures from the Abyss now lurk in the mountains and forests, longing to kill whoever crosses their path.
Isaac and his companions must find courage to overcome their fears as they continue their journey throughout Elysium.”

 

We all know it: the feeling of disappointment when you read the sequel of a book you love only to find out it’s not what you thought it would be. Well, if you expected that from The Whispers of the Fallen series, then let me tell you how wrong you are. The Whispers of the Fallen: Rebellion, besides being a rollercoaster of emotions, adventure, horror, pain, and passion, was a success as a sequel. J.D. keeps us at the edge of our seats as he returns us to the world of Elysium, as we journey along Isaac and the book bearers in their search for light among darkness. Even from the first moment I held this book in my hands I had already fallen in love with it. The design is brilliant: it helps it give a certain environment before the story has even started.

This time, as in the previous book, it is told by two characters who thrive for the same goal, but whose hearts are what differentiate them. Devin, as many of you know, is the all-time favourite of most readers (and one of mine, as well, but Lulu all the way), but why? He is the example of how even when you are destined for something, either by your nature, your situation, or your wishes, you are the one who decides what you’ll do with your life. In the last book, we did have time to interact with him, but in this book, we had the chance to understand his thoughts and deepest feelings, as well as his struggle with the darkness within him. He is a very well developed character, one of the best, in my opinion.

We also get to see more of Isaac, who faces new challenges and temptation (there were parts in the book where I was even afraid of him…). There is an internal struggle going on with him we readers can’t really figure out (even he can’t, so…). What I noticed in Isaac’s character during this second instalment was how J.D. showed us the terrifying truth: we all have darkness within us, but our decisions are what define and take us through the path we’re supposed to go through. It has been an adventure to see the story from his eyes, due to the fact that he knows exactly the same that we do; we are discovering this world along with him. His character drastically changed from book one to Rebellion: he has acquired new abilities, friends, and experience, but also, in this book, he had to do something unbelievably devastating (you’ll know what I’m talking about), which will probably set ground for the far worse trials he’ll have to go through in order to succeed in his battle.

Obviously, these two characters aren’t the only ones. Our protagonists encounter new and old friends and foes once again: Xylia, Petra, Ballard, Demetre, Adara, Arundel, Adawnas, Sathees, Nathan, the Underwarriors, Blood Drinkers, Nephilin, Nephele and Erebos, were a few of them. All of them contributed to the development of the story, making it feel more complete, intriguing and exciting. One of my favourite was Xylia, who was a badass character who, even when sometimes limited by others, never allowed darkness to reach her heart and blind her from her initial goals. I’m looking forward to seeing more of her.

J.D. did an amazing job in this sequel for The Whispers of the Fallen series. With brilliant imagery, well-developed characters, fast-paced, an intriguing dark fantasy world, and relatable themes, he surely will keep readers hooked with his books. As I’ve advanced in the series, I’ve been able to see his progress as an author, in each of his books I have been able to see an improvement in his writing without his essence being blurred for a single page. I can’t wait to finish his next two books to know what he has in store for us (Descent will be out on June 3rd, and you can preorder it now!).

I give this book a 9/10 & a 5/5

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Be sure to check out J.D. Netto’s page: http://www.thewhispersofthefallen.com/

The Whispers of the Fallen

By J.D. Netto

 

“It is only by choice that our true nature is revealed.” – J.D. Netto

 

Goodreads synopsis:

“Ever since the dawn of days, rumors about the Diary of Lucifer echoed throughout Elysium. Hidden from all human knowledge, the Diary was kept a secret, locked away in the small village of Agalmath.
Isaac and Demetre find themselves in a dangerous journey as they uncover the truth about the Diary and those who guarded it for all these years. However, for Isaac and Demetre, danger lies at every step, hidden in the most unexpected places.
Hunted by the Nephilins and the Fallen Stars, they must find others who will join them in the battle against the coming darkness.”

 

The Whispers of the Fallen series has been a whole experience for me. I came across this series a few years ago (I believe J.D. was still working on the second book), and I’ve been a fan of both the books and the author ever since. I’ve admired every step of his journey to shape and give life to his mystical world of Elysium, his dynamic and different characters, and the dark thematic that characterises his works. However, even though I read them for the first time a long time ago, I’m finally writing this review after reading it for the second time.

This first instalment of the series is a suspenseful, action-packed and fast-paced novel that will successfully introduce you to the brand-new world of Elysium. It follows the story of Isaac and Demetre, two best friends who discover they’ve been given the enormous task of guarding the most dangerous secrets of the land: The Diary of Lucifer. Also, the story of Devin and Nephele is crucial to the plot: they’re two characters who have been condemned by their own wicked nature, but whose actions decide what happens to their so different destinies.

It’s an adventure about friendship, redemption, humanity’s constant fight against darkness, loyalty, treason and how choices define what becomes of us. It contains creatures such as Blood Drinkers, Fallen Stars, Nephilins and Underwarriors, which contribute to giving the book a convincing dark side.

One of the details I enjoyed the most while reading it was how the book is both told by the hero and one of the most ruthless villains; it gives the reader a different outlook of the events that are occurring, as well as a clearer glimpse into the dark side of Elysium.

Overall, J.D. Netto has amazed me with The Whispers of the Fallen. We readers aren’t easily surprised anymore, but I assure you, if you’re looking for something new to read, then this series is what you’re looking for.  It’s one of the darkest stories I’ve read from new authors: there are moments where you believe goodness will obviously succeed, only to discover that darkness has once again taken the reins. It’s unexpected, a very easy read and with messages that will always remain with you.

I give this book a 9/10 and a 5/5.

 

Be sure to check out J.D. Netto’s page! http://www.thewhispersofthefallen.com/

The Erden Archives: The Road To Ruins

By Whisky Wilson

““Give in. You have no chance,” an enigmatic voice whispers on the wind. I almost mistake it for my own consciousness, but the tone is wrong. […]. I shout back, “Never!”” – Whisky Wilson

Synopsis:

“In a digital world, truth is numeral, and whoever holds the code can break free or enslave.
Erden is a world on the brink of cataclysm.  Overpopulated and unenlightened, humanity settled into a comfortable cycle of technological progress at a considerable, hidden expense. Shadow players move people, private militaries, and entire governments in a game of winner-take-all chess.  From behind the scenes, they manipulate information, spinning the truth to ensure their supremacy.”

 

The Road to Ruins is the second short story in Whisky Wilson’s monthly stories “The Erden Archives”. At first I expected the stories to have a more classical structure, meaning that each of them would be telling us a new chapter from the same story. It turned out I was wrong.

This story starts off with a new mysterious character: Sargaron, who apparently has a dark troubled past that hasn’t been fully revealed yet. The story starts with him being in the abandoned and destroyed area of the city, which they call “Paradise”. I won’t say much of what happens here, because it’s crucial to the story, but it’s very interesting and has details about the world of Ender.

Once again, Whisky impressed me with the way he successfully merged both science fiction and fantasy. In this story, he introduces dark magic, enchantments, and demons, but once again he also talks about the corporation’s control over the population. One of the other things I like about this author is his diction: it is clear and punctual, and his descriptions are enough to create a clear image of what he’s trying to express.

This story is somewhat confusing at first, many new concepts were introduced and multiple questions arose. Even the ending was unexpected, but I believe it will lead us to another chapter in Sargaron’s story. However, as the author told me, we will have to pay attention to Jessica’s point of view (the protagonist of the first story), for she is the one who has the answers to all of our questions.

So, if you’re looking for a fast-paced collection of intriguing short stories with a thematic and way of writing you’ve never read before, I highly recommend The Erden Archives to you. But make sure you pay attention to the code!

I give this story an 8/10.

You can get it on Amazon now! And make sure to check out Whisky’s page: http://www.whiskywilson.com/

 

Thank you for reading!

The Erden Archives: Music of the Masters

By Whisky Wilson

“We all long to belong.” – Whisky Wilson.

Synopsis (Goodreads):

“[…] Erden is a world on the brink of cataclysm.  Overpopulated and unenlightened, humanity settled into a comfortable cycle of technological progress at a considerable, hidden expense. Shadow players move people, private militaries, and entire governments in a games of winner-take-all chess.  From behind the scenes, they manipulate information, spinning the truth to ensure their supremacy.

The Erden Archives shares the experiences of those who discover the dark, layered depths of truth on Erden.  To see the world below the surface, individuals must decipher the ancient history of Erden.  Hidden in myth, legend and symbolism, truth waits for their discovery on the fringes of knowledge, where technology and magic blend seamlessly. […]”

I’ve always been immersed in the world of books, but for the first time in my life I have been personally asked by an author to be one of the fortunate ones to read his work before anyone else, in exchange of giving him my honest opinion about it; I’m truly grateful that he gave me this opportunity.

I came across the world of Erden about three months ago while I was away on holidays. From the first time I read it I could describe it with one word: innovative. I liked it very much because the author didn’t use a clichéd formula. The original world Whisky Wilson is creating perfectly blends both fantasy and science fiction; a world where both the readers and the characters must decipher a code hidden between the pages of the book!

There were many elements the author emphasised on that caught my attention: the people of Erden’s addiction to technology, discrimination between social classes, government control, the need of people to commit crime to accomplish goals and manipulation. For me, these themes were important to give shape to the story, not only because they made it more realistic, but also because they served as a metaphor to what we are living in today’s society.

The first story, “Music of the Masters” talks about one of the main characters in Whisky’s stories: Jessica. She is a very relatable character, due to the fact that although she lives in a futuristic city she still thinks as someone from our times. She is a thoughtful, educated and observant character who lives in her own world of books and the past. She spends her time in a pub called “Foster Arms” where she can forget the present and visit the past whenever she wants to. I could learn more about Erden when she told the story than when any other of the characters did.

He also wrote the story from another character’s point of view: Dickey. With him, we could explore the lives of those who were part of the lower social classes: Peds and Locks. His personality was kind of weird, at first I didn’t like him at all, but after reading things from his perspective I could understand the reasons of his actions. Besides, the ending of his part of the story is highly intriguing and unexpected.

It is a fast-paced, surprising and entertaining story with lots of potential that will take you to a brand new world you won’t be able to compare to anything else you’ve read. The story is written in a very clear way and you will be hooked as soon as you start reading it.

Overall, I give this story a 9/10 (or 4.5/5).

And guess what? It is available now on Amazon or iTunes! So go get your digital copy as soon as you can!

Be sure to check out Whisky’s page: http://www.whiskywilson.com/

Thank you for reading!

“Puppets dance to the master’s music” – Whisky Wilson, (2016).

The Martian

By Andy Weir

“I guess you could call it a “failure”, but I prefer the term “learning experience”.” – Andy Weir

Synopsis:

“After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate the planet while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded on Mars’ surface, completely alone, with no way to signal Earth that he’s alive. And even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone years before a rescue could arrive.

Chances are, though, Mark won’t have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment or plain-old “human error” are much more likely to kill him first. 

But Mark’s not ready to quit. Armed with nothing but his ingenuity and his engineering skills—and a gallows sense of humor that proves to be his greatest source of strength–he embarks on a dogged quest to stay alive, using his botany expertise to grow food and even hatching a mad plan to contact NASA back on Earth.

As he overcomes one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next, Mark begins to let himself believe he might make it off the planet alive.

But Mars has plenty of surprises in store for him yet.”

I watched the movie before reading the book. Yes, bad start, but it’s true. I found out the movie was an adaptation while watching the Academy Awards ceremony. But, you know, although I already knew most of the plot and the ending, I still enjoyed the book; I almost felt like it was a completely different story.

At first I expected it to be just like the movie, but I was wrong. What I like about books is that you don’t follow only what the characters are doing, but what they’re thinking and feeling, so the first thing that surprised me was how much I could feel Mark Watney was a close friend of mine. His jokes, his scientific and technical explanations about what he was doing and how he was solving things and the way he talked about the crew and his life living in Chicago made me care about him and feel sorry that he was left alone in Mars. Although I felt bad about his situation, I also understood the Commander’s point of view of why she had left him behind.

Mark was the least useful of his crew, or so we thought, but because of his creativity, he survived. I mean, his botanist and engineering skills were useful when it came to food or technical problems (who knew duct tape could do so many things…). His personality also helped him a lot; being so optimistic and having his Log as a companion helped him when he faced terrible challenges (and sometimes failed) all by himself! It always made me laugh how much he complained about the music and shows that was left in the Hab.

I found it very interesting when I read the parts that are written in the people of NASA’s point of view; reading about how the world united to save one of their own from another planet was amazing, because I think that’s what would happen if someone was stuck in a situation like that. I enjoyed Venkat and Mindy Park’s timelines, and also the crew’s.

Finally, because the book was written by a science geek (he’s watched all Doctor Who!), it had information that made it more believable and helped me go back to the days where all I wanted to be was a NASA astronaut and travel to outer space. After reading this book, I rediscovered my love for space and science, and I hope everyone that reads it finds something like that in them or at least has a good time reading it.

I highly recommend it. It is thrilling and exciting, as well as funny and entertaining. You will also learn new terms and information about space traveling (pirate-ninjas!).

I give this book a 10/10 and recommend it to people 14+ (not because of content, but because of the terminology and the scientific explanations).

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Weir, A. (2014). The Martian. United States of America: Broadway Books.

A Clash of Kings

By George R. R. Martin

“Power resides only where men believe it resides. […] A shadow on the wall, yet shadows can kill. And ofttimes a very small man can cast a very large shadow.” – George R.R. Martin

(Second book of the A Song of Ice and Fire series)

**This contains major spoilers from the first book A Game of Thrones and minor A Clash of Kings spoilers**

Synopsis

“As a prophecy of doom cuts across the sky- a comet the color of blood and flame- six factions struggle for control of a divided land. Eddard’s son Robb has declared himself King in the North. In the south, Joffrey, the heir apparent, rules in name only, victim of the scheming courtiers who teem over King’s Landing. Robert’s two brothers each seek their own dominion, while a disfavored house turns once more to conquest. And a continent away, an exiled queen, the Mother of Dragons, risks everything to lead her precious brood across a hard hot desert to win back the crown that is rightfully hers.” Taken from Goodreads

I finished this book two days ago, after about 2-3 months of having started it. It was mainly because it has so many stories and so much content you have to connect the dots so you don’t get lost further on.

This book is about what happens after King Robert Baratheon and Lord Eddard Stark die: Joffrey Baratheon is crowned King, even after they found he was not the rightful heir. A red comet appears in the sky, and everyone believes it means something different, although it is revealed later on what it really means, which, for me, was the most logical explanation.

Sansa Stark is left as a hostage at King’s Landing, still betrothed to Joffrey. I think her story was very interesting, because we could explore a bit more about the royal court, Cercei Lannister’s past (her real past, not what was rumoured about her), about Joffrey and the Tyrells. I loved the parts where she goes to the godswood, I was afraid of what could happen. The ending of her story was unexpected and left me with lots of doubts. I still don’t get why people hate her and say she’s stupid, she’s a thirteen year old girl who is being held hostage by the King of the Seven Kingdoms and his mother, please try to understand her.

Let’s not leave the royal court for a moment and talk about Tyrion Lannister. With this book, he became my favourite character. There, I said it. He is the most misunderstood character I’ve read about, he was born in a time and family where people like him where mistreated and seen as less. On this book, he becomes the Hand of the King on King Joffrey’s name day. The way he manipulated people at court in order to get what he wanted was my favourite part about him; everyone underestimated him and he turned out to be the most powerful of them all. With him, we learn Varys’s, Cercei’s and even Littlefinger’s secrets. Also, we find out more about his relationships with both Shae and his father, Tywin Lannister. Seriously George, I praise you for creating Tyrion Lannister.

Now, let’s travel north to Riverrun. Catelyn Stark, one of the best fictional mothers, really suffered during this book. Just as he was during A Game of Thrones, Lord Tully, her father, is still dying (First strike), then, his son Robb Stark crowns himself King of the North and goes to fight the Lannisters (strike two). During her story, she meets King Renly and King Stannis Baratheon (yup, they’re Kings too, now!), and Brienne of Tarth is introduced.

Bran is left as the Lord of Winterfell. Meera and Jojen, two siblings are introduced and reveal the true meaning of Bran’s dreams he’s been having since he fell from the tower. At first, his story was slow, but later on it gets better, especially almost at the end. I would’ve liked it to tell more about this character, but I don’t worry because I’m almost sure this book was just an introduction to what George has prepared for us on the next one.

Arya Stark’s story was the darkest of them all (yes, darker that Jon Snow’s). After she escaped the castle at King’s Landing, she was found by a man named Yoren who told her they would leave her at Winterfell on their way to the Wall. He meets people like Hot Pie and Gendry (that plot twist though!). I think her development as a character was the most drastic- we went from seeing her as a Winterfell “Lady” (very relatable, by the way), to the broken person she became at Harrenhall. People might say she became “badass”, but from my point of view she is still the same girl as she was before, but she had to change in order to survive.

Now, Jon Snow. This brother of the Night’s Watch finally achieved what he wanted on the first book- to go beyond the Wall as a ranger to look for his uncle Benjen (he isn’t exactly a ranger, but at least he made it). The story was a little incomplete; I still have many questions about it, but as I said before, I believe it’s just an introduction to this world of wildlings, wargs and dead people coming back from the grave. I’m looking forward to knowing more about this Ygritte girl and Mance Rayder.

Mother of Dragons, here we go! Daenerys Targaryen, Khaleesi, Queen across the Sea, blood of my blood, Daenerys Stormborn! Yup, I think it’s clear now. She is the character with the fewer chapters in this book, but I enjoyed every single one of them from the beginning to the end. She is such a great inspiration because of her development as a character; in a world where women are seen as less, where her husband is dead and she is left alone, she became a strong leader and became respected among many both Dothraki and non-Dothraki. Jorah Mormont though…

Let’s go to Dragonstone now. We are introduced to Davos, a knight and former thief that serves King Stannis Baratheon. What I found most intriguing about his story was the sorceress Melisandre. Who exactly is that woman? What exactly does she have to do with the Lord of Light? Why Stannis? I think I’ll now until the next book.

Finally, Theon Greyjoy. He was the ward of Lord Eddard Stark on A Game of Thrones, but now he’s finally “free”. He returns home and finds out his sister has taken his place and he believes he has to win back his father. The only way I can describe him is by telling you if I knew him in real life we would be in a love-hate relationship. At the same time I wanted him to be punished for all he did but I understood his reasons and wanted him to achieve his goals. I’ll have to wait to make up my mind about him.

This book was a rollercoaster of emotions, lots of ups and downs (mostly downs), turns, loops and dark tunnels. I was confused in many parts and lost track of some things because of the many names that are mentioned in every story (there are too many Sers and Lords!). The way of writing of George R.R. Martin may not be very clear at first, but you get used to it.

I give it a 9/10, and recommend it to people of ages 15+

Martin, G. (2015). A Clash of Kings. New York: Bantam Books.