Winter is Coming: Symbols and Hidden Meanings in A Game of Thrones by Valerie Estelle Frankel
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Having all the current Game of Thrones books and watched the TV shows, I decided to listen to this book on audio.
Let me say the first chapter is horrible. The author seems to spend the chapter quoting from the books and TV series without adding much new or interesting information. Hello! I’ve read the books and seen the show. If I want I want to re-read it, I will!
But, if you can make past the 1st chapter, the book does get more interesting. The final chapters about the similarities between the story and medieval England and the War of the Roses is interesting. Although, the author does paint the history of that period with a broad brush.
The end of book also features an interesting and lengthy discussion of women in the book, especially adding a mother figure to a fantasy book.
A word of warning, if you are not 100% caught up with the books, don’t read this. It offers a full discussion of the current status of the story at the end of book 5. If you don’t want spoilers skip it!