***Crush on Martin's Kings
I was wary and suspicious towards the first part of the series but it appeared to be a totally different case with the second book that I had to grab and swallow (not read) in one piece and not to omit any tasty detail.
Surprising for me as I've never considered myself as a fantasy fan ("fantasy? dragons, witches?- no thank you") but apparently that's the past.
A Clash Of Kings captures, holds you tight and won't let go. I've totally immersed in Martin's world beginning from fable-like fields and cities to battle pictures and tangled intrigues-full net. Characters who I love and hate depending what page I'm on are amazingly good - I mean well created and thought over. They are consistent and make a nice whole through the parts though quite complex one. No one seems to be looked over, allowing all heroes to develop in the chapters and in my imagination.
Two "buts" - and maybe the first one results from my "non-fantasy-reading-past-experience" - this "Lady in Red", shadows born were quite weak for me. It just didn't meet my expectations although I can't say it wasn't surprising - so maybe that was the goal.
Second "but" is about Daenerys - I loved this plot in the first part but here I was feeling hunger all the time and definite insufficiency of the story.
But the whole picture very positive!
Let's see how it gonna be with the third part :)