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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.
If you liked the TV Series, you'll love the books. Both have much to recommend them and reading the books will enrich your enjoyment of the series. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Robert Prince
It was great great great great great great great great greatly astonishing and sad but the end made up for all the tragedyPublished 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
This one definitely did not disappoint. Really solid from beginning to end. Red Wedding is most epic moment thus far in any book.Published 3 days ago by russ
Excellent series!!! George R.R. Martin is a great author. I highly recommend these books to the avid reader!Published 6 days ago by Tawnya Lisnock
Starting to see more frequent differences from the Game of Thrones TV series.Published 6 days ago by Raptornado
This book is my favorite out of the first three game of thrones books. Martin's characters and plot line really come to life in this book, which is full of twists and turns that... Read morePublished 6 days ago by runner