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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.
Amazing plot twists, fantastic character development, superb dialogue, and a story that moves.
Each chapter in this book has been a new twist and a unexpected turn, I just have to keep turning the pages.
This book, this story is what I have always wanted. a book were bad things happen to the good and the bad.
A gripping story, touching characters, masterfully written,
I was totally heart broken at the end of the book, couldn't sleep after I read the red wedding part,
A genuine achievement in American literature, as are the preceding two volumes. His style is his own, and the story is rich with complexity and many, many opportunities for... Read morePublished 2 days ago by E. Smith
Great companion for fans of the HBO series, get the history, backstories and much more. Very readable!Published 2 days ago by Michael Carr
It may be a long read but it's storytelling at its finest. Every word a gift. G.R.R. Martin's ongoing tale just keeps getting better and better. Do yourself a favor and read it. Read morePublished 3 days ago by PPeck
Unpredictable, got me craving for reading every day. I found not easy to keep track where the characters are many a time.Published 3 days ago by Paulo Santiago