The Book: A few weeks ago I listened to George R. R. Martin's A Clash of Kings, the second in his Song of Ice and Fire series. If you read my review of A Game of Thrones, you know how much I love these books.
A Clash of Kings begins just where the first book ended, with families and kingdoms regrouping after losses, betrayals, and new alliances. It's difficult to convey the complexity of Martin's world. The characters are as real as the people you know in your everyday life and cannot be described in simple terms. People regret their decisions and actions, the weak harbor hidden strengths, and the seemingly selfish show surprising generosity.
The novel delivers what the title suggests; this is a story of war, both on the battlefield and through deceit and cunning. Because no one is safe from death, the ultimate winner of the iron throne and the crown of the Seven Kingdoms cannot be predicted.
There are two more books in the series with more in progress. I'll be reading them all.
The Tea: Because of all the chill and rain we've had over the last week, I turned to a great favorite of mine: Harney & Son's Hot Cinnamon Spice Tea. I've said it before, but this tea is fantastic and an true staple in this house. Here's the company's description: "medium-bodied black tea . . . naturally sweetened to perfection by a blend of cinnamons, orange, and sweet cloves. The remarkably assertive tea effuses a hot spicy aroma and sets off miniature fireworks on the tongue that'll have you exclaim WOW!" Just the aroma alone will win you over.
The Assessment: Daenerys Targaryen, the Khaleesi across the sea, would definitely be drinking this tea. She has married into an exotic clan, and the spices would be familiar to her people. In the Seven Kingdoms, the Lannisters, perhaps the richest of the clans vying for control of the throne, might be familiar with Hot Cinnamon Spice tea. Everyone else, however, is probably drinking more ordinary strong black tea. Tea of any sort will soon be welcome to all: Winter is coming to the land, and warmth will be hard to find.
What About You? What are drinking during these days of transition into summer in the north and winter in the south? And what books are you reading or listening to this week?
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