A Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin, is a book packed with action, thrills, and shocking moments. Continuing where books one and two left off, the Seven Kingdoms are split up and five kings are fighting to keep their titles. It seems the Lannisters continue gaining power and are always staying one step ahead. The Night’s Watch is struggling to keep the Seven Kingdoms safe against the wildlings, but are the wildlings going to be their biggest enemy? We don’t find out in the third book. Kings are slowly being eliminated from the fight and the common people are fighting for their lives. Many are just looking for peace and happiness, but how many will find it and at what price? Daenerys Targaryen, the so-called true born heir to the throne is winning battle after battle across the Narrow Sea and is getting closer to claiming her throne as her dragons grow bigger. One mystery has yet to be solved: Who will win the game of thrones?
Martin’s whole series deserves two thumbs up. The imagination and thought that went into these books is amazing. The reader is transported into this fantasy world and is right there in all the action with the characters. I had nothing negative to say about the last book and once again I have nothing negative to say about this one. The story line moves quickly, the details of the story are perfect, and the plot twists and turns, leaving you with your jaw dropped.
As stated in my review of the first book, it moved very slowly and was hard to keep focused on the story. In the second book, the story line picks up the pace and it is easy to stay caught up with the book. In this third book, I was expecting about the same pace of the second one but I was very wrong. This book is loaded with action. It is one thing after another in this book and there is never a dull moment. It seems like each and every page has a new surprise.
I thought Martin had thrown all of his twists and shocks into the first two books. Once again I was wrong. I was once again extremely upset with some of the things that happened in this third book. Martin gives no indication that there is going to be a twist and as said above, there are many jaw dropping moments in this book. I was angry and shocked but that is exactly what makes a good book. As readers we are used to the same plot outline in a book so we expect certain things to happen. Martin changes everything and gives us a fresh idea and leaves us wondering what is going to happen next. It is almost impossible to correctly predict what is going to happen in this series and that is what makes these books so amazing.
Some say it is a special trait to be able to read a book and imagine everything happening as you read. It’s like a movie playing as you flip through the pages. Martin makes it extremely easy to visualize every moment in this book. The details in the whole series are amazing and it is a wonderful experience to see this book play out in your mind as you read page after page. I love how close I get to the characters, loving some and rooting them on then hating others and hoping they die every time something begins to go wrong for them.
Martin is an amazing author and this series just keeps getting better and better. I highly recommend this whole series. I have never really been into fantasy books or movies but this series has captivated me. I cannot wait to read the fourth book and see what surprises Martin has in store. I think this is going to be the best book yet. I wish I had an idea of what is going to happen!
Quotes from A Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin:
“You’re mine,” she whispered. “Mine, as I’m yours. And if we die, we die. All men must die, Jon Snow. But first, we’ll live.”
“The greatest fools are ofttimes more clever than the men who laugh at them.”
“If ice can burn, then love and hate can mate.”
“All men are fools, if truth be told, but the ones in motley are more amusing than ones with crowns.”