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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.
Excellent book! Even if I saw the HBO series, I still enjoyed the book a lot. What happens in the TV series is not 100% of what happens in the book, and the book goes way deeper... Read morePublished 2 hours ago by Ionut
This book and series continues to surprise with its twists. I look for the good to win, or maybe at least survive, only to be caught off guard with a twist that reveals again the... Read morePublished 10 hours ago by Ronald D Autry
I could not put the book down. I wanted to learn about all the different family members. very well written.Published 16 hours ago by Songbird
The entire series, so far, has been utterly captivating. One of my favorite things about Martin is the fluency in his dialogue. He has an ear for distinctions of voice and grammar. Read morePublished 21 hours ago by Alex Mercedes
This series continues to excel! The show is good, but the books are so much better! Incredibly long, but worth it.Published 1 day ago by Nate
Such exotic food and under-aged matrimonies reminded one that this wasn't real but fantasy stories. GRRM's 3rd instalment was thrilling not just for the heroes he created for... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Chiek
Honestly, this endless and meandering saga could have made a great trilogy. Shame on George Martin's editors for not pushing that obvious fact. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Darth_J_Schmader