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Like the first two books, A Storm of Swords could coast on the fundamentals: deftly detailed characters, convincing voices and dialogue, a robust back-story, and a satisfyingly unpredictable plot. But it's Martin's consistently bold choices that set the series apart. Every character is fair game for the headman's axe (sometimes literally), and not only do the good guys regularly lose out to the bad guys, you're never exactly sure who you should be cheering for in the first place.
Storm is full of admirable intricacies. Events that you thought Martin was setting up solidly for the first two books are exposed as complex feints; the field quickly narrows after the Battle of the Blackwater and once again, anything goes. Robb tries desperately to hold the North together, Jon returns from the wildling lands with a torn heart, Bran continues his quest for the three-eyed crow beyond the Wall, Catelyn struggles to save her fragile family, Arya becomes ever more wolflike in her wanderings, Daenerys comes into her own, and Joffrey's cruel rule from King's Landing continues, making even his fellow Lannisters uneasy. Martin tests all the major characters in A Storm of Swords: some fail the trial, while others--like Martin himself--seem to only get stronger. --Paul Hughes --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
A Storm of Swords is part 3 in George R.R. Martin's series A Song of Ice and Fire.
The plots of all the characters progressed in this instalment and similar to previous books I found the story lines of Arya and Tyrion to be the most interesting.
Amazing plot twists, fantastic character development, superb dialogue, and a story that moves.
Continues to establish the characters and provides subtle nuances for the stories to come. Arya and Tyrion continue to be personal favorites and provide humorous dialogue,... Read morePublished 2 days ago by CB
Enjoyed it to the last word. Confusing but so absorbing. Great continuation to the saga, but definately NOT the end :-) .Published 2 days ago by Maris Mohr
Loved this book.George Martin is my favorite author. He is a weaver of magic and tales. Great read!Published 3 days ago by Maria Beck
Don't get me wrong... I enjoyed this book. Characters should be in real peril if that is part of the story. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Shawn
Martin does it again only this time he one ups himself. A constant barrage of complicated, intense characters thrown together to battle in the game of thrones with wit as well as... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Carpenter
I can not get enough of this series. Just finished this book and it is amazing. Just starting book 4.Published 4 days ago by blapierre
Absoulutly the best in character development and story line. Have read all of RR Martin's books twice.Published 5 days ago by Andrew D