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A wary smile crept across his sister's face. "Even sieges have their dangers," she murmured. "Why, our Lord of Highgarden might even lost his life in such a venture."
"There is that risk," conceded Jaime. "Especially if his patience runs thin this time, and he elects to storm the gate."
Cersei gave him a lingering look. "You know," she said, "for a moment you sounded quite like Father."
- Excerpt from "Jaime I"
Note: The review below was taken directly from my Goodreads account.
This isn't going to be a proper review, just my jumbled thoughts. Basically, I still love Brienne, Arya and Sansa. My new-found appreciation of Jaime continues on into this book. Cersei's only good quality is the love she has for her children, still. And the Martells are golden; I love them all. Even Areo Hotah, the captain of the guard.
We get introduced to Euron and Victarion Greyjoy (Balon's brothers, and Asha's and Theon's uncles). I don't see how anyone could like Victarion. The dude murdered his wife because she was pregnant with Euron's baby. And he has the audacity to try and make me feel sympathetic towards him? Fuck you, Victarion, you giant dickface. Euron's really awesome in a villainous, charismatic, evil genius way.
The main problem I had with this book is some of the stories seemed pointless. I thought one of the main themes of this book would be women and their struggles for (kingly/queenly) power in a patriarchal and male-dominated society. Yeah, two out of three of those stories ended before the book was half over. Disappointment. And some of the POV characters I felt were a waste of time reading about. Honestly, the Greyjoys are one of my least favourite houses because they are so uninteresting to read about. Even Sam's story was boring, mostly (his last chapter is its saviour). If you look at their chapters altogether, nothing really happens in them. There's no reason why GRRM couldn't have taken those stories out and just mentioned them in other characters' POVs. He's done that before.
Basically, not much happens unless you're Brienne, Cersei or Jaime. And everyone else's stories are either tame in comparison to what was happening in ASOS or the interesting parts ended too soon.