A Storm of Swords: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book Three by George R.R. Martin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Like the first two novels in the series, A Storm of Swords is a brilliant work of human suffering. Martin understands the minds and emotions of people as well as any author that I’ve encountered. Combine that with war, adventure, and a touch of magic, and you’ve got the perfect recipe to rope me in.
Really, there’s not a whole lot else to say. If you liked the first two novels, then you’ll also like A Storm of Swords. It picks up right where A Clash of Kings leaves off and continues the stories of all of your favorite characters…well, the ones that Martin hasn’t killed off, that is.
One of the things that I liked about A Storm of Swords is that we got some new perspectives. In particular, I enjoyed Jaime Lannister’s point of view, which we hadn’t had previously. I didn’t expect that, but Jaime is a more complex and interesting character than I had originally thought. As usual, I also really liked John and Tyrion’s stories and, likewise, I still didn’t really love Sansa as a character, but was willing to forgive that as a lot of interesting things tend happen around here.
My only real complaint would be with Arya’s story. It was very repetitive. Get captured, then escape, get captured again, escape again. Eventually, it got a little ridiculous.
That said, I really enjoyed the novel, 5 stars without question, and I’m looking forward to reading the next in the series. Highly recommended!