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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.
Too many good characters lost their lives in this book, but the narrative held me close throughout. The return of Ghost to Jon Snow was a gift to this reader.Published 5 hours ago by Luther E. Boone
Of course this book is awesome! Gave a small spoiler at the end into season 5 on the HBO show but still awesome!Published 8 hours ago by Jennifer Fuller
This is epic fantasy at its very best! I'm in love with Westeros and all its wonders!!!
Stoked there's more to come.
I'm really into the characters now, and thoroughly enjoying the series.Published 22 hours ago by Robin Spinney
What a great book! It feels good to be caught up with the tv series! I want to read a couple other books before I revisit this series, thoughPublished 2 days ago by VegasWorm
Much easier to read these books on Kindle than a small paperbook. . Kindle delivery is always awesome.Published 2 days ago by Debbie Owen