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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.
This book is incredible. Best on of the series in my opinion. At the end of each chapter, I had to close the book and just think "Damn... did that just happen? Read morePublished 18 days ago by Julien-Pierre P. Fortin
Captured my attention and . . . well thousands of other too. :-)Published 1 month ago by Marlene Stoyanovich
Can't wait for the next one, interested to see how things shape up in the north. Stannis is the manPublished 4 months ago by OursIsTheFury
Some lenght and useless details but still a good fantasy book.Published 5 months ago by Darkscryber