More than a year kong binabasa ‘tong libro na ‘to. Sa wakas makaka-move on na ko sa next book. May times kasi na nasa mood akong mag-hangout sa Westeros tapos pag na-distract ako, totally makakalimutan ko sya. Kasi iniisip ko rin na alam ko nanaman yung ibang mangyayari because of the series. Pero nananaig pa din yung curiousity ko kung anong difference nung books from the series kaya kahit nakakatamad minsan, gusto ko pa din tapusin. At alam ko rin na once magsimula ako ulit, sure naman na manunumbalik yung pagka-fanatic ko.
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Nung nagbabasa ko ng reviews ng iba, may nabasa akong smart observation about Arya and Sansa. How they are both in disguise sa book na ‘to. Pati yung name ng POV nila nagbago. Si Sansa naging Alayne tapos si Arya naging Cat of the Canals. Excited na kong bumangon ulit ang mga Starks!
Super na-miss ko ang Winterfell dito sa POV ni Arya. Huhu. Eto yung iniisip nya kung itatapon nya si Needle:
Needle was Robb and Bran and Rickon, her mother and her father, even Sansa. Needle was Winterfell’s grey walls, and the laughter of its people. Needle was the summer snows, Old Nan’s stories, the heart tree with its red leaves and scary face, the warm earthy smell of the glass gardens, the sound of the north wind rattling the shutters of her room. Needle was Jon Snow’s smile. He used to mess my hair and call me “little sister,” she remembered, and suddenly there were tears in her eyes.
Favorite character ko nga pala si Tyrion. So ang disappointing na wala yung POV nya dito sa book na ‘to. Si Daenerys na-miss ko rin. Si Jon Snow k lang. Kaya excited ako kasi babalik yung exposure nila sa next book, A Storm of Swords.
Sorry pero bored talaga ko sa POV ni Brienne. Pag kasi nagbabasa ko ng A Series of Ice and Fire, looking forward ako lagi sa mga treachery and evil schemes. And pag kay Brienne na at kay Sam, medyo bored ako. Pero gets naman kasi hindi rin naman maganda kung puro explosions and excitement every scene.
Nung nagstart akong basahin yung A Game of Thrones, published na yung books 1-4 pero ang gulo at ang bagal kong basahin each book. For example:
- A Game of Thrones – sinimulan ko 2012 pero natapos kong basahin 2015 😆
- A Clash of Kings – 2017 ko sinimulang basahin. So 2 years after ko matapos yung A Game of Thrones 😅
So ganyan ka disconnected. So nung binalikan ko uli ‘tong A Feast for Crows ngayong 2020, lito na ko. Minsan mapapaisip ako, “Eto na ba yung patay na si Tywin?” Tas biglang may passage na mababanggit na patay na nga si Tywin so saka pa lang macoconfirm sa isip ko. Lalo na sa POVs ni Brienne. Nakakalito. Hindi ko alam kung asan na sya sa story. Nagre-rely na lang ako sa kung anong tanda ko na nangyari dun sa series. So medyo lost ako. Kaya balak ko simulan agad yung A Storm of Swords para may continuity na.
RATING [3.5 🌟]
Hindi ganun kataas kasi biased ako sa mga POVs. And wala din kasi masyadong ganaps sa book na ‘to. Parang laying the groundwork for the next book ‘tong A Feast for Crows.
Pero gusto ko yung representation ng women dito. Medyo nagsisimula na yung pagiging clever ni Sansa tapos si Arya nagt-train na to be a faceless woman. Yung pagka-galing din ni Brienne sa sword fights pinakita ulit and yung plan ni Arianne Martell na gawing Queen si Myrcella (POV: The Queenmaker) kaso lang nag-fail yung plano. And of course si Cersei kahit biatch.
Excited na ko sa A Storm of Swords! Kasi meron akong free audiobook from Audible so baka mas kakaiba yung experience 🤩
Natawa ko dito. Eto yung POV ni Asha Greyjoy.
She turned to Three-Tooth, an old woman of fearful age who had been her uncle’s steward since she was known as Twelve-Tooth.
Eto weird. Cersei’s POV:
It is beautiful, she thought, as beautiful as Joffrey, when they laid him in my arms. No man had ever made her feel as good as she had felt when he took her nipple in his mouth to nurse.
Natuwa ako dito kay Ser Arys nung pinag-compare nya yung Baratheon siblings (or Lannister siblings). Sinasabi nya na pinaka-brave si Myrcella sa magkakapatid kahit sya yung babae.
The women are the strong ones, truly. He was thinking not only of Myrcella, but of her mother and his own, of the Queen of Thorns, of the Red Viper’s pretty, deadly Sand Snakes.
At kung gano ka-low key feminist si Ser Arys, kabaliktaran naman to:
Randyll Tarly: The gods made men to fight, and women to bear children. A woman’s war is in the birthing bed.
Ang creative ng passage na to. Sam’s POV:
He pushed himself back to his feet and clambered up the ladder to give his breakfast to the sea.
In fairness ang cool naman ni Asha. Hindi ko lang siguro type yung actor na gumanap sa series kaya sya yung nai-imagine kong nagsasalita. Pero ang astig neto:
Pinchface Jon Myre: This girl forgets herself. Balon let her believe she was a man.
Asha: Your father made the same mistake with you.
Wahaha. Isa pa:
Red Oarsman: Give her to me Euron. I’ll spank her till her arse is as red as my hair.
Asha: Come try, and hereafter we can call you the Red Eunuch.
Words are wind, Brienne told herself. They cannot hurt you. Let them wash over you.
I love what Septon Meribald said about outlaws and broken men:
And one day they look around and realize all their friends and kin are gone, that they are fighting beside strangers beneath a banner that they hardly recognize. They don’t know where they are or how to get back home and the lord they’re fighting for does not know their names, yer here he comes, shouting for them to form up, to make a line with their spears and scythes and sharpened hoes, to stand their ground… In times like these, the traveler must beware of broken men, and fear them… but he should pity them as well.
“Men shall name you Goldenhand from this day forth, my lord,” the armorer had assured him the first time he’d fitted it onto Jaime’s wrist. He was wrong. I shall be the Kingslayer till I die.
Another weird thing from Sam’s POV naman. Eto yung first time nila mag-make love ni Gilly:
I said the words, Sam thought again, but one of her nipples found its way between his lips. It was pink and hard and when he sucked on it her milk filled his mouth, mingling with the taste of rum, and he had never tasted anything so fine and sweet and good.
Funny exchange between Jaime and a wench.
Wench: Lady? I’m no lady. I’m the queen.
Jaime: My sister will be surprised to hear that.
Wench: Lord Ryman crowned me his very self. I’m the queen o’ whores.
No, Jaime thought, my sweet sister holds that title too.
Oof! The hate!😂
Thoros: Some of my brothers were good men when this began. Some were… less good, shall we say? Though there are those who say it does not matter how a man begins, but only how he ends.
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