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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.
Just finished the third book in this series. The story is wide and rambling in the best possible way--venturing deep into disparate story lines and then interweaving characters and... Read morePublished 8 hours ago by IamgirlKing
Another great book first time reading leaves many lines to next book. now to the next where do stories leadPublished 16 hours ago by Jason
I really enjoyed this book and would highly recommend it. it was quite long but once I got into it I found it hard to put down.Published 21 hours ago by Alan Foley
I have read three of the four Game of Throne books. Each has been better than the last. I highly recommend all the books in the series.Published 1 day ago by David W. Holder
Boy, those subplots were intriguing. As has been said: "The plot thickens"Published 1 day ago by John A. Purcell
Totally infectious. Currently on book IV and will not be able to quit until finished withe series. Too many characters, far too many "Sir and Lady thises and thats," main... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Michael P. Jennings
Well here I am, halfway through book 3 of Game of Thrones and enjoying every minute of it. These books are addictive, so if you don't have a lot of time to read, then don't begin... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Cattlequeen