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A Storm of Swords by George RR Martin

August 16, 2008

The third and biggest book in the series so far manages more shocks, death betrayals and twists than most fantasy series manage in their entireity.

A Storm of Swords brings to a culmination the war of the kings, with the candidates being whittled down by death, but not by death in battle.

The greatest achievement in this book for me was Jaime Lannister, who in this book becomes a point of view character for the first time. Not only does this series villain become a character to care about and even support, the scenes of Jaime soberly reflecting on his life, while looking at the blank page in front of him is quite moving.

This is also the most ‘fantasy’ of the books, as Danaerys’ three dragons grow, and Jon Snow and the Night’s Watch face the full fury of the north. Giants on mammoths? Yes, please!

  1. August 17, 2008 at 10:21 am

    I’ve been reading the series with great interest so far and think that GRRM employs a very useful strategy with his variety of characters. You never get bored. I’ve read a bunch of comments from people moaning that they’re not getting all their favourites in book four … but hey, you can’t deny the genius in keeping so many threads afloat.

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