The Book: I'm currently in audiobook mourning because I'm now completely caught up with George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series. Sob. Roy Dotrice read A Dance with Dragons to me in a mere 49 hours.
I discussed the first four books in the series in these posts: A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, and A Feast for Crows. And because it's pretty much impossible to do a quick summary of the fifth book without giving away spoilers, I'm not going to try. If you have never heard of this series, I suggest you read my A Game of Thrones review. Thus today's post is not much of a review and more just some thoughts.
The fight for the Seven Kingdoms, as I mentioned when talking about A Feast for Crows, has indeed grown complex. There are several factions fighting for the Iron Throne, which is currently held by a boy king, who is prime for manipulation by many at court. In the meantime, several contenders for the throne are duking it out in the north and in other major centers of power. Who will win which battles is anyone's guess.
One interesting aspect of Dragons is that the powerful are becoming weak (though still clever, and still survivors), and the weak are becoming powerful (though still not very savvy). This makes the politics of the Seven Kingdoms and the multilayered alliances unpredictable.
A Dance with Dragons leaves us hanging in terms of several story lines. I hate the fact that I'm caught up and now must wait, wait, wait until the next book comes out. In the meantime, thank goodness I have the HBO series.
The Tea: I've raved about Harney & Son's Hot Cinnamon Spice Tea. before and I'll do it again. It's so warming and smells so wonderful, it's perfect for cold winter afternoons. 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!"
The Assessment: With the Seven Kingdoms in disarray and winter coming on, it's hard to say who even has tea. There's ale to be had and wine, of course, but tea would be more difficult to find. However, I guarantee Jon Snow and his brothers in the north would kill for hot cinnamon tea, so I'm calling this a match.
What About You? What would I find in your glass or mug this week? And don't forget to let me know what you're reading.
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