Sunday, November 2, 2014

Review: THE PRINCESS AND THE QUEEN by George R.R. Martin

Dangerous WomenThis novella published in DANGEROUS WOMEN, a monster of a book featuring loads of short stories and this novella is a pure delight for fans of the Fire and Ice epic fantasy series and those only familiar with the Game of Thrones TV series adaptations.

THE PRINCESS AND THE QUEEN explores the bloody history of Westeros, taking an in-depth look at the ‘Dance of Dragons’, the epic war between the Targaryen’s as sides of the dragon riding family fight for the throne.

Chief combatants are Rhaenyra Targaryen, who is the rightful heir to the throne following the king’s demise and Queen Alicent, Rhaenyra’s stepmother who wants her side of the family to rule. Amidst the bloodshed, these two characters are well fleshed out with their respective followers and family members feeling right at home as puzzle pieces in the broader Fire and Ice fictional universe.

The only real problem I have with THE PRNICESS AND THE QUEEN is the high volume of characters mentioned, some only in passing. Trying to keep abreast of them all is difficult yet it’s no different from the novels. A minor gripe that doesn’t dull the reading experience.

THE PRINCESS AND THE QUEEN is a must read for fans of the series, however I recommend reading the long-ish novella in a single sitting as its relatively easy to misplace which side the characters are on, similarly with the dragons themselves.

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