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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.
If you are enjoying the series on TV, then reading the books are an absolute must, as a lot more details gleaned.Published 1 day ago by Alan Hume
George does it again with this book. This one contains the most uncomfortable developments in a book I have ever read, but you still always want more. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
There is absolutely nothing predictable about the story. The characters are vivid and complex, as varied as can be found in any story I've ever read. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Sheila
The story is wonderful, inventive, and original. the adaptation to kindle fire is a pain in the you know what...Published 4 days ago by TinyElephunt
Best book of the series. This is where I realized the author was a genius and I couldn't wait for the next page.Published 5 days ago by me