A Storm of Swords


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.

Oh, wow! I simply have no words to review this book. This is the third book in George R.R.Martin (GRRM from now onwards), and I expected it to be action-packed, but this book delivers much more than what I was expecting.

A Storm of Swords is, in my opinion, the undisputed high point of the series so far. It delivers on the action and how. The book is fast-moving, and entertaining.

My gripe is that I don’t like the way the series is progressing :(. Don’t get me wrong, I love this book, I give it 5 stars, but some of the events that take place seem to be changing the direction of the story in a completely different way from what I expected it to go. I am of course, referring to the events of the Red Wedding.

Spoilers Ahead

While I enjoyed this series so far, and love all the various story arcs (all right, I lie, I couldn’t care less about the Others), I particularly love the revenge angle of the Stark children avenging their father’s murder. In particular, I was gunning for a major showdown between the Stark children and the Lannisters. The Red Wedding just horribly dashed down all my hopes. It just seems so wrong. The moral heart of the story is gone and what remains is greed and cunning.

GRRM tries to undo some of that loss by a twist in the tale at the end, but it does no good at all.

Now that the Stark children vengeance story-line looks like it’s coming to a close, the other significant plot-lines are:

  1. What is going on north of the Wall
  2. Dany and her dragons and her whole trek through Genghis Khan territory to reclaim her throne in Westeros.

Neither of these plot-lines interest me much. I don’t like zombie books and these zombies from the north of the wall are so unimaginatively written that my eyes just glaze over at these portions. Jon is also super-boring. And Dany? I don’t find her a sympathetic character at all. I am tempted to skip every chapter told from her POV, and don’t particularly care if she ever reclaims her family’s throne and yet, I know that this is where the story is headed (since the fifth book is titled A Dance with Dragons).

So, am I going to continue with the series? Sadly, yes. I still want to know what happens to the Lannisters. I want to know how little Tommen does on the throne, and I want to know what is the fate of some of the lesser characters whose status is still not sure (I am thinking about Sandor Clegane – my favorite broken hero).

So, have you read this book? What did you think of this twist in the series? Are you continuing with the later books?

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