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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.
The book is full of unexpected plot twists and very detailed character and story development.
It is a huge book with it's 1000+ pages, but it never felt like the book was too long because there was so much happening and I just wanted to keep reading.
This book, this story is what I have always wanted. a book were bad things happen to the good and the bad.
I don't usually read this type of story. Love it and can't put it downPublished 17 hours ago by How to Spot a Liar
Characters die so much in this book it's incredible. Good read but did not need to be 1100 pages long.Published 1 day ago by Michael Kurtz
Just a great series. Keeps you reading for sure. Have to admit though, I wonder if it will ever end. The whole series I mean.Published 1 day ago by Stiles Beachley
One of the best books I've ever read in my entire life, and the best of the series thus far.Published 1 day ago by Joseph
The inspiration for the third and fourth seasons of HBO's television series Game of Thrones, the second Song of Ice and Fire sequel continues the struggle among various factions... Read morePublished 2 days ago by J. Michael Gallen
I really liked this book. Can't wait to start on book four.
So many surprises, such a fun time.
This is book three of The Song of Ice and Fire Series. This needs to be read in order. Book one is Game of Thrones. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Marie Ashton