Storm Of Swords Complete Edition (two In One) (a Song Of Ice And Fire, Book 3)
- File Type:
- HarperCollins Publishers
- Publication Date:
- 24 February 2011
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I don’t think George RR Martin can be made out of flesh and blood like the rest of us normal folk. His DNA must be coded with pure ridiculous awesomeness. I mean, seriously, just as I didn’t think A Song of Ice and Fire could get better, it does.A Storm of Swords picks off where the first two books in the series leave it. The Seven Kingdoms has been split by the vying factions of various kings: Joffrey on the Iron Throne, Stannis across the narrow sea, Daenerys in exile, Robb in the north, and anybody else that happens to eye the crown. War has broken out, and political treachery and blood lie thick across the continent of Westeros. So much happens in this book that I really can’t provide an adequate plot summary, but as usual, George RR Martin writes with a sort of ruthless realism that makes you understand just how brutal life can be in a medieval setting. There are no prancing ponies here, but tragedy and betrayal and moments that make your eyes pop out of your head and you think: did he really just do that? No way!It’s a complex tapestry, the Seven Kingdoms. Characters lie and cheat and love and fight, and this book was just peppered with fantastic moments, from Daenerys and the Unsullied to Oberyn Martell’s revenge for his sister. I have to admit that not all the characters interested me to the same degree, and I much preferred those in the south to those in the north, but that didn’t diminish my overall enjoyment. Now I’m off to read A Feast for Crows and impatiently wait for A Dance with Dragons to come out. Good stuff.
George R.R. Martin is an author whom you would love to hate but even all through the hardships he'll put you through you would love him even more. All of my favorite characters are in for tough ride in this book and I'm hating every minute of it. I wanted to just pull them out of the book and keep them at my side but Martin has different plans and I trusted him that in the end of the series (book 7?) everybody - except the ones in Arya's death list - would be happy. This book is not for the faint of heart. If you have a high blood pressure then stay away. If you have a heart problem then stay away. I wanted to stay away but the whole ordeal of reading it was worth it. It was the best so far. The series just keeps on getting better! I'm excited to read on!
Epic fantasy novel - very, very epic - that is the third in the series. I thought it was amazing.
As some background, I should say that I loved “A Game of Thrones” and literally tore through said book. I read the novel in a day, and I don’t think I ate, slept, or spoke during those 24 hours of reading. Needless to say, I was excited to read “A Clash of Kings”, but I found the book to be depressingly disappointing. I struggled to complete it, as I found the plot boringly diluted and the characters to be self-absorbed prigs. It reminded me of how television shows often set up for a really great episode by having a weaker episode featured the week prior, and “A Clash of Kings” certainly was the weaker. When the time came to read the third in the “Song of Fire and Ice” series, I was slightly apprehensive about reading “A Storm of Swords”, and worried that I might be losing interest in the series. Thankfully, my expectations were met and exceeded by this novel.“A Storm of Swords” is a wonderfully action-packed book that is infused with lust, conflict, religion, and political intrigue. Martin’s characters continue to struggle with their morality and the choices that they have made in the past. Jaime Lannister, the kingslayer, is an example of burgeoning morality, as he begins to examine the role he played in murdering the Targaryen king. Events in this book cause Jaime Lannister to shift his perspective, and thus become a fascinating character. Betrayal also runs strong throughout. Perhaps the most shocking act of betrayal involves Lord Frey and the tragic Stark family. I remember being shocked and horrified by how those events played out. Murder is everywhere, apparently, and none of Martin’s characters are sacred.After having finished, “A Storm of Swords” last night, I eagerly began “A Feast for Crows”. Let’s hope the fourth is just as good as the third.
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