I think the biggest lesson we can take from Martin's books is never get attached, ever. And that's all I'm saying about that. Storm of Swords is the third book in the Song of Fire and Ice series. If you haven't read the first two books then reading this review will be a waste of time for you, you have to start at the beginning or be hopelessly lost. Heck, I've read them all in order and I still get lost at times.
Storm of Swords pretty much takes up
after where the second book left off. Joffrey is still in power while
Robb is slowly losing ground in the North. Sansa is married off to
Joffrey's uncle Tyrion in an effort to secure some sort of claim to the
North. Arya finds herself in the care of The Hound and while she wants
to kill him, she also know she needs him to survive. Jon is busy in the
North, running with the wildlings and trying to figure out what his
next step will be. Daeynerys has her dragons and is slowly building an
army. And like the other books, everyone is plotting and planning and
wanting the throne for themselves.
There are a lot of characters
in this book. So much so that I can't keep track of them all the time.
So I stopped trying to and that actually made the book a little more
enjoyable as a result; not as much stress. The important ones are easy
to remember and my definite favorite is Daenerys. She has a lot of
strength but is also trusting. My least favorite characters would be
the Lannisters, with the exception of Tyrion. I know I'm not supposed
to like them but I just can't stand reading about them. Everyone else
is just so much more interesting.
The plot, like always, is
brutal. There is a lot of murder, rape, war, cussing, you name it.
It's as real as it gets and Martin does not hold back. This time though
there is a lot that is happening and it's kind of a whirlwind ride.
The story bounces back and forth between most of the main characters so
you're continually being drug around in the timeline too. But despite
this, it remains fairly consistent and you aren't too lost when you come
back to a certain character and their point in the story. I do think
this book could have easily been split in two, it's quite large and
there is a lot happening. Although it wouldn't have slowed the pace
down at any rate, all the actions here would happen no matter if it were
one, two or three books.
I liked it and will continue to look
forward to the next in the series. It's a solid fantasy to be reading
and intriguing as well.
Storm of Swords