Writing reviews for this series is most difficult. There is so much going on that wrapping my brain around it in a coherent manner seems laughable. From the few reviews I’ve read, others have found it just as difficult. One thing I can say is there are very few people reading George R. R. Martin’s series who walk the middle of the road. They either love it or hate it.
Blurb taken from Goodreads:
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 of the Seven Kingdoms. His most bitter rival, Lord Stannis, stands defeated and disgraced, victim of the sorceress 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 left in the world. 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. As the future of the land hangs in the balance, no one will rest until the Seven Kingdoms have exploded in a veritable storm of swords.
In all honesty, I was moved to tears while reading this book. My emotional investment in the characters and their plights has been solidified. They have shocked me, angered me, pulled sympathy from me and coaxed me to remain by their sides.
The fantasy elements that were heretofore shadowed and sparsely revealed burst into the plot of A Storm of Swords and they are equal parts creepy and intriguing. They explode from the structure erected in A Game of Thrones and A Clash of Kings and I sense the vibrations will reverberate through future books.
While some plot lines come to staggering conclusions, others take bewildering turns. It’s like a roller-coaster ride, frightening and exhilarating. Each page whips you around and as soon as you regain your bearings you’re dropped from a great height or rushed through an upside down loop.
As soon as I finished the book, I was ready to get back on the ride. I can hardly wait to get the next book in the series. Darn those book budgets!