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Mar. 10th, 2013 (UTC)

In retrospect, I should not be that much surprised, but that's still a good surprise indeed. As I'm French, it was a bit easier to me to be in contact with the Accursed Kings, which I've read all seven books a few years ago, far before deciding to have a try at those intriguing books known as "A Song of Ice and Fire". Or more accurately, "The Iron Throne" as the French translator has chosen to call them. After all, if I was to find them in about each and every single book store, usually sole ambassadors of the fantasy genre with Tolkien and Robbin Hobb, it could only be awesome.

Anyway, I'd like to point out that this seventh book of the Accursed Kings feels and is a bit disjointed from the first six. It was published 17 years after the sixth one and a few years after the first, awesomely theatrical, TV series. More importantly, though, the style is a bit different and the story told is definitely set for quite a while after the events told in the first six books. In a sense, its only relation with the other books is its illustrious writer and the similar historical setting, but it could very well have been a full-fledged independent story as well. It's an interesting read on par with the Accursed Kings, but I'd dare say you won't miss anything at all by skipping it if you can't wait for Harper Collins to publish them and prefer to find used ones. That also means you can probably read it independently from the six others too. That's also certainly why the two series both stopped at the end of the sixth book.
After all, they are all based on the same story, or rather History, if you happen to know French history in the beginning of the fourteenth century, there shouldn't be much surprises on this front.

As for the TV series, I don't like the second one. It was too centred on the beginning, before the books start telling its story to give a better role to Gerard Depardieu who played the short-lived Templar leader. The ending episodes therefore feel rushed and the strange settings by Druillet, while awesome in their own right, detracts from the historical tone set in the books.
In this sense, the first series is certainly better, but also feels like it's theatre filmed for the TV, from the way the actors play their roles to the numerous painted sets. If only HBO or its French equivalent were to produce a series with all the financial support that Game of Thrones had ;-).

Oh and I just came with the thought that in A Song of Ice and Fire, we don't see anyone dying from "natural causes" such as sickness, bad food, fool water, which happens at as sometimes alarming rate in the Accursed Kings.

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