Sure, the death of Neddard, Dany's baby and Drogo were a little harrowing, but all in all, it was great.
My feelings for a Clash of Kings were the same-great story, awesome characters (especially Brienne, who is one of my favorites), but some harrowing major character deaths, including the supposed death of Bran and Rickon. The sacking of Winterfell was trying as well.
And then I started reading a Storm of Swords. I was eating it up, until the Red Wedding. That has to be the most trying chapter in the whole series. Also, the killing of Ygritte was upsetting, as she was a very good character with promise.
My feelings after finishing ASoS are mixed. On the one hand, the story is getting much more interesting and the stakes are getting higher. On the other hand, the sheer amount of character deaths was really depressing. I really liked Robb and Ygritte. It was satisfying to see Lysa and Joffery go, however.
But here is my dilemma: while the first three books have been great, it seems as though the next two books in the series, AFFC and ADWAD, have been badly received by the fans. I have heard that GRRM wastes large amounts of text world building and not advancing the story. I have heard that GRRM does't even include characters like Dany and other key players in ADWD. And most of all, I have heard that he kills off more characters.
I really don't know if I want to continue the series-I have heard little or nothing positive about the rest of the series, and it seems as if we have no idea when the last two books will be out. I really don't want to see any characters I like killed off-my life is depressing enough without that, thank you very much. But at the same time, GRRM is possibly the best fantasy writer, stylistically, that I have ever read.
So, should I spend the time to read the next two books, or is it just not worth it?
Edited by Ser Murry, 16 April 2012 - 08:09 PM.