Stars: Five of five.Review format: Just summary plus link. Summary: A Storm of Swords picks up the story slightly before the end of its predecessor, A Clash of Kings. The Seven Kingdoms are still in the grip of the War of the Five Kings, with the remaining Robb Stark, Balon Greyjoy, Joffrey Baratheon, andStannis Baratheon fighting to secure their crowns. Stannis Baratheon’s attempt to take King’s Landing has been defeated by the new alliance between House Lannister (backing Joffrey) and House Tyrell. House Martell has also pledged its support to the Lannisters though the forces of Dorne have yet to take the field. Meanwhile, a large host of wildlings are marching toward the Wall under Mance Rayder, with only the tiny force of the Night’s Watch in its path; and in the distant east, Daenerys Targaryen is on her way back to Pentos, hoping to raise forces to retake the Iron Throne. (snipped from the bloated summary on wikipedia) Provenance: owned it since it was first published hard-cover. Re-reading in prep for first-time read of books 4 and 5 in the series.
Storm of Swords. I re-read this in July 2011 because it was finally time to catch up on the series. I’d gotten tired of all the characters dying, or un-dying, and stopped after this third book.
So, why five stars? When only four-and-a-half for book one? Because with this book, Martin kept going. Important characters continue to die, the bad guys show good sides, good guys have to work really frikking hard to make any progress, and the world keeps getting bigger. Yes, again in this third book.
That being said, when book four was first published, my reaction was ‘more people are just going to die. I’ll get around to that later.’
Links and other reviews (added by me, not generated)
No shortage of reviews out there. So many ‘well I would never read fantasy, but my boss/ girlfriend/ brother-in-law is such a fan’… sigh. So, here are some links you might not have come across…
- Denver SF club brings together some covers, summaries, and link reviews.
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