As you may know by know, I’ve found myself engrossed in George R.R. Martin’s epic fantasy series of A Song of Ice and Fire for the past couple of months. I recently finished the third volume in this series, A Storm of Swords. In my review of the last book, I expressed my belief on how it would be hard to top that book, but Martin found a way with this one. I enjoyed it so much that I finished it in just over a week, which is quite fast considering how large the book is. It was a great book, and as the series gets even better and better, I can’t wait to start the next book, A Feast for Crows.
In the third volume of the series, Martin focusses on the aftermath of war, and the consequences of warfare. He progresses the plot significantly for some characters, and more slowly for others. As the stakes are raised, every faction competing for rule of the realm and the Iron Throne step up their game, and honor and societal norms are forgotten. As new alliances are forged and more are broken, more than one character vying for the Iron Throne are killed off (I won’t spoil it and name them). The book is full of unexpected twists and surprises, and no page is predictable. As aclaimed as the TV series is, the books are even better. The book is full of adventure, action, romance, deceit, treachery, and tragedy. It mimics life in several forms. I’d be thrilled if my favorite characters could live out happy endings, but as is with life, this isn’t always the case. Some characters are killed off in shockingly brutal fashion; I can’t overstate how suprising some of the plot developments were. It’s truly a great series, and the universe it encompasses grows and expands at a fast rate. I’m really looking forward to what Martin has in store for the rest of the series.
I would certainly say this is the best book in the series so far, and I hope I can say that for the books that follow it as well. It has all the great points of the previous books, but in greater quantities of each. The plot is not too fast, but goes at an alarming rate in sudden bursts. The book is heavy with details. The characters are extremely well developed. I really liked how Martin introduced more POV characters in this book; when you get to know a character in depth and see life through their eyes, it really changes your opinion on them and makes the book that much better. The best thing about the book for me was the sheer unpredictability of it, and the many shocking twists it had; if you’re a fan of this series, this book will not disappoint.
Again, I don’t have any complaints with this book but one; some of the POV characters are quite dull, and their story isn’t interesting to me. However, I know this is also what enriches the book by making them so realisitic; not everyone is as interesting as the most interesting characters. When I reach some characters’ chapters, I just have to grin and bear it; it’s not that bad, but I wish they had more action. Still, I’m sure Martin has them in for a purpose, and I look forward to see how he can tie them in with the rest of the action in the universe. Other than that, I have absolutely no complaints with the book.
A Storm of Swords is a fantastic read, and by far the best in the series so far (I hope I can change my opinion on that when I read the remaining books in the series). If you’re a fan of the show (or not), this is one series you have to read. I love this series so much I’m beginning to lose my taste in other books, as they seem lacklustre compared to A Song of Ice and Fire. I can’t wait to begin reading the next book in the series, A Feast for Crows, and I’ll share my thoughts on it as soon as I finish it. I’m giving A Storm of Swords a very high 9.7/10; I may have rated the first book too high, as all the books after have only gotten better. At any rate, if ever you’re looking for some books to read, I really recommend the series of A Song of Ice and Fire; no matter what type of books you’re into, this series has something for everyone.