Tuesday, October 2, 2012

A Storm of Swords - Review

A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire #3)

By: George R.R. Martin 

Published: January 1, 2000 by Bantam Books

1177 pages

Source: Owned copy

(Goodreads / Amazon)

Of the five contenders for power, one is dead, another in disfavor, and still the wars rage as violently as ever, as alliances are made and broken. Joffrey, of House Lannister, sits on the Iron Throne, the uneasy ruler of the land of the Seven Kingdoms. His most bitter rival, Lord Stannis, stands defeated and disgraced, the victim of the jealous sorceress who holds him in her evil thrall. But young Robb, of House Stark, still rules the North from the fortress of Riverrun. Robb plots against his despised Lannister enemies, even as they hold his sister hostage at King’s Landing, the seat of the Iron Throne. Meanwhile, making her way across a blood-drenched continent is the exiled queen, Daenerys, mistress of the only three dragons still left in the world...

But as opposing forces maneuver for the final titanic showdown, an army of barbaric wildlings arrives from the outermost line of civilization. In their vanguard is a horde of mythical Others--a supernatural army of the living dead whose animated corpses are unstoppable. As the future of the land hangs in the balance, no one will rest until the Seven Kingdoms have exploded in a veritable storm of swords...

This book, as the others in its series, are all phenomenal. These books create such an incredible world filled with all kinds of fantasy, knights, dragons, walking dead, kings and more; as well as all kinds of emotions: love, death, anger, sadness. There are parts of the book that I found to be brilliant, and characters I once hated in earlier books became characters I began to (love?), eh, we'll say like a whole lot more...to the point of rooting for them at times. Wow, what a turn around some characters make in book 3! 

**Spoiler Warning: We also see the death of a LOT of characters in this book. Literally nobody is "safe". Just when you think "it can't get worse than this".....oh yes, it can get much, much worse. As much as I loved about this book, I couldn't give it 5 stars. For me, a book falls out of the "5 star rating" if I am able to put it down and not want to pick it back up for a significant amount of time. There were parts of this book that I was just utterly bored with. And because of that, I put it down, and didn't pick it back up for 2 weeks. 2 weeks and I had zero desire to read any more. Fellow readers know how painful that is to get to a point in a book like that. It took me nearly a month and a half to finish it. So...because of those few negatives, for me, I can only rate this book 4 stars. 

**Spoiler Warning: The ending - woah, it'll blow your mind! If you haven't read it yet, give it a shot! It's worth the read for sure! Up next A Feast For Crows....I do believe it's going to be a long while before I tackle that one.  (Originally added on Goodreads August 2012)


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