Published: November 2000
Publisher: Bantam Spectra
Series: A Song of Ice and Fire
Genre: Medieval Fantasy, Epic Fantasy
George R. R. Martin continues his epic saga with the third installment of A Song of Ice and Fire, 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 ofthe Seven Kingdoms. His most bitter rival, Lord Stannis, stands defeated and disgraced, victim of the sorceress Melisandre 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 theworld. 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.
An amazing novel to continue the rich world that Martin has created here. As the plots thicken within the saga the characters soon begin to explore just what they are capable of and just how strong they can be. It’s an amazing novel that really shows us just how tragic it is. Just take a look at the Stark family, each of those characters has to grow and explore who they are as they continue to believe that they are the last of the family and believe the others are dead. They have to struggle with the hardships and move on as the world around them continues to plunge into war as bandits and vengeance continues to be sworn again and again.
It’s a very thick plot and the story continues to thicken more and more as the characters try to unravel the subterfuge around them. Martin is an amazing writer and the way he writes the novel is spectacular. The world in the novel is captured beautifully with such intense detail and the characters have come such a long way since the first novel. The world around them is changing and so are they. The character growth in this novel is amazing. Sansa and Jaime are the two characters that grew so much in this novel. Sansa albeit is still the scared child who is trying to just survive, but she changes, near the end of the book, there is some life to her character, life and light that Joffrey tried to steal from her. No one can doubt that Martin wanted that to resonate off the pages, that as she grew older, her hope was fleeting and misery began to descend on her. But near the end of the novel, her life has been returned to her. Her character needs a spine still, but there are two more books in the series to look after. And Jaime, well the Kingslayer never had much honor, but now he has finally gained some which makes him a likable character.
This book was an amazing way to continue the saga game of thrones. ★★★★☆ (A).