Book Review: A Storm of Swords Part 1 – Steel and Snow by George R.R. Martin

A Storm of SwordsI’ll keep this short…

A Game of Thrones, the first volume in the hugely successful A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martine, was – to put it mildly – awesome.

The sequel, A Clash of Kings, was even better (in my opinion).

This, the first half of the third book (and the explanation for that? The original manuscript was so long that the publishers decided to split it in certain markets, I guess ’cause they figure people don’t want to haul around a tome sizable enough to crush a small horse beneath its weight) is easily the equal of both. It may even be the best yet…

I won’t reveal too much about the plot (no spoiler alert here!) but suffice to say things don’t look too good for, well, anybody in Westeros. Except maybe Joffrey and the Lannisters, and that won’t last…

The Starks are not winning their war in the Riverlands, and with Stannis’ army crushed at the Battle of the Blackwater, any possibility of dividing their enemies’ attentions has all but disappeared.

The North is a mess, with Ironborn and the Bastard of Bolton both wreaking havoc.

Beyond the Wall, Mance Rayder and his wildlings have taken in Jon Snow and set their sights on smashing through the Night’s Watch, while Samwell Tarly and Lord Commander Mormont come under attack by the Others at the Fist of the First Men.

It all makes for an epic continuation of the plot threads developed in the previous two instalments. I particularly enjoyed the inclusion of a new viewpoint character in Jaime Lannister, who turns out to be more than just the ‘Kingslayer’ everybody believes him to be.

George R.R. Martin is a expert at characterisation and pacing, and though the story ends abruptly (as always) the second half, subtitled ‘Blood and Gold’ looks to be even more amazing, if the set-ups thus far are anything to go by…

Verdict: 5 Stars (out of 5)

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