Friday, June 21, 2013

Review: "A Storm of Swords" by George R.R. Martin

From Goodreads:  Here is the third volume in George R.R. Martin's magnificent cycle of novels that includes A Game of Thrones and A Clash of Kings. Together, this series comprises a genuine masterpiece of modern fantasy, destined to stand as one of the great achievements of imaginative fiction.

Of the five contenders for power, one is dead, another in disfavor, and still the wars rage as alliances are made and broken. Joffrey sits on the Iron Throne, the uneasy ruler of of the Seven Kingdoms. His most bitter rival, Lord Stannis, stands defeated and disgraced, victim of the sorceress who holds him in her thrall. Young Robb still rules the North from the fortress of Riverrun. 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. And as opposing forces maneuver for the final showdown, an army of barbaric wildlings arrives from the outermost limits of civilization, accompanied by 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...

My Thoughts:  Oh my goodness, this was the best book in the series so far!!  There was non-stop action and I felt like I just plowed through this book!  I loved seeing some of my favorite characters and finding some redeeming qualities in one I originally didn't like.  Jaime Lannister was the perfect villain in the past two books but I kind of started to like him in this book, especially toward the end.  He is still a jerk at times but he seemed to have matured a lot and wound up being less horrid than I originally thought.

There were so many CRAZY events in this book.  I don't want to give anything away but there were several times where I went, 'Wait, what?!' and had to go back and reread a section because I was so shocked by events that were occurring.  Some of these events made me sad and some left me yelling "Hooray!" but when you read this book, you should definitely be ready for a lot of surprises!  

I am still kind of bored with Daenarys' storyline.  I really liked her in the first book but she has kind of annoyed me in the last two.  Luckily her storyline was not a huge part of the overall story.  It's not that her story is bad, I guess I just don't care about her as much as I do some of the other characters.  That's really my only complaint about the whole book.
Seriously, if you haven't read any of the A Game of Thrones series or if you haven't got to A Storm of Swords yet, read it now!  I never thought I would love this series so much but I really do and I can't wait to see where the author takes the story.  5 stars.
This book comes from personal ebook collection.

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