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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.
Alas, some familiar voices are silenced.
This book was brilliant. Dark and dreadful deeds, high heroics, empires turned to ash. Read more
liked the book but found it difficult to keep characters in their order. midway through book, it became more interesting and more action.occured.Published 3 hours ago by madelyn flynn
My favorite yet. A very fast paced story with many twists and turns. There is violence, jealousy, romance and new characters.Published 23 hours ago by Liz McLeod
What can I say it's a great book. I really Can't wait to actually see what the show is like.Published 1 day ago by M. Martin
What I love about Martin (and this book in particular), is how it reminds us that victory is only sweet for the winners, humanity is a trait not possessed in all, and that battles... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Diego Valverde
Another great epic story. A lot of twists I didn't see coming, some I wish that never came, but a great ride. Looking forward to the next one already downloaded onto my device!Published 2 days ago by sdl
Good book...I mean there isn't much I can add that other people haven't already said. I'm not normally into these fantasy type tales but I really dig these books and the TV show... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Benjamin Main