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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.
Three books later and I've not found one part of this story that I haven't enjoyed.Published 1 hour ago by Amazon Customer
Do you have trouble following the show because it's hard to remember all of the names? Then THIS BOOK IS FOR YOU! And its better than the show. Really. Read morePublished 17 hours ago by BH McTavish
I enjoyed this book, but it seemed hurried in parts. Looking forward to continuing the series and finding out what happens to the story lines!Published 1 day ago by John Robinson
Loved the book, couldn't put it down. Can't wait to get to the next book! Highly recommend reading this series if you are a fan of the show.Published 2 days ago by Eric
Loved this as much as the others looking forward to the next book in the series.. don't want it to endPublished 2 days ago by Julie Haralson
What can I say. This is just one more of the a great saga. You either love Mr. Martin or you will hate him. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Joseph Schenck