A Song of Ice and Fire: Book Two: A Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin. I hadn’t started it yet, I just finished the first book over the weekend. After finishing the book I think the thing that has been keeping me from moving on to the next book is a quote that kept repeating in the mind of one of the characters, Daenerys Targaryen. “If I look back I am lost”. While I was reading the last chapter this line was repeating in my mind as well because I knew that it had a significant meaning, but I couldn’t get it. She had a dream previous to this line appearing, and I knew the dream and this line were connected but I couldn’t understand the meaning behind it; which got me really frustrated. I decided to look up other readers’ opinions on this line on online forums this morning which did help me. I figured that Daenerys has decided to put behind her past tragedies, because she ruled that if she dwelled on them they would overwhelm her and she’d be psychologically lost, and would be unable to keep going forward. That is what she has chosen to concentrate on now and draw her strength from, her path that she must build now, since she’s now the only person in control of her path; with her brother and husband being gone. I do find that since she must now be in charge she does have to draw the strength required to lead from somewhere, and her ambitions of taking back the Seven Kingdoms is a great place, but I don’t think that she must completely put aside her past experiences. Our past build us as a person, and is the foundation of what we will build ourselves with our own hands once we’re in charge. I’m not saying that she must constantly dwell on all her sorrows, but I think that some self-reflection is due; given all that he has already gone through. Back in the Seven Kingdoms I was also very surprised with Robb Stark’s elaborate battle plan and swift victory against Jaime Lannister. I think by giving him that first great victory, and I’m assuming more to come, the author wants to make the reader side with Robb, and why wouldn’t they? He has such a noble cause, revenge for his father’s death, who was falsely accused of treason. He’s such an inspiring young man, a boy of fifteen, going to battle against such seasoned leader as Tywin and Jaime Lannister. I think the author means to put Robb in the hearts of the readers so that when his end comes (which I know of from watching the show), his death leaves a more dramatic effect on the reader.