Jun 16, 2011

The Damphair

What is dead can never die.

The fourth book in this series was a little jarring, and a little tough to get into. So many new characters are introduced and so many old characters are absent, since about half of the active storylines are saved for book 5. The real shining point for me was the development of House Greyjoy and it's three insane brothers: Aeron (this guy), Victarion, and Euron (the most insane of all).

Gonna do some more of these if I can find the time.

Jun 15, 2011

Bronn of the Blackwater

Just some upjumped sellsword.

Bronn is one of the characters who doesn't get a lot of screen-time (so to speak) in the books, but really makes the most of the scenes he's in. His introductory scene where he fights as Tyrion's champion against one of the Eyrie's best knights is so terrific.

Jun 14, 2011

The Knight of Flowers

Pretty boy Loras.

I have so many favorite characters in this series, a lot of which are secondary characters. I liked Loras best in the first book when he was just some teenage prodigy knight.

George R R Martin does a really great job making memorable secondary and tertiary characters. For all that's done in this series to show the horrible things that happen in war (example: all of book 2 and 3), there are certain times when GRRM goes pretty heavy on courtly romanticism. The Hand's Tourney is a great example of where these two opposing themes literally clash, as Loras Tyrell, beautiful sixteen-year-old living legend faces off against The Mountain, who is an eight-foot-tall mass murderer.

Jun 13, 2011

The Mountain that Rides

Gregor Clegane is the worst dude. In a series that focuses largely on moral ambiguity and paints just about every character in shades of gray, The Mountain is a monster.

I hope you guys like Song of Ice and Fire (and Game of Thrones, obvs). I have issues with the show, but those books are so good. In an effort to preserve my mental image of some of the characters, I've been doing some drawings.

I will do my best to keep these spoiler free!