Book Review: A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin

Every man must die, Jon Snow. But first he must live

You know nothing, Jon Snow… This novel is full of the famous quote. I did like the novel more than the tv-series, but I still think they are not as epic as a lot of people promised me.

Book Review: A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin


Title & Author: A Storm of Swords by Geogre R.R. Martin
Genre: Fantasy, Adventure
Release Date: August 8 2000
Series: A Song of Ice and Fire
Publisher: Voyager Books


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 still left in the world. And as opposing forces manoeuver 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…

I give A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin four out of five hearts, because I thought it was the better part of the series so far. The events are finally following each other up in a faster pace and this novel did not lose my interest due to the long pieces where nothing much happens.

I liked the pieces around Sansa Stark the most, because she is finally seeing how she is going to survive the ordeal she has been put through. She starts to make her own decisions and gets to safe herself. She is really becoming a Stark now. Which I liked. I have always liked her, but now she is getting even better.

Arya has a pretty adventurous trip during A Storm of Swords, but I am wondering if that girl is ever going to have a good night sleep. Things always happen to her and her story never dies down a bit. This is the other end of what I would have liked to see in Martin’s writing.

Even though I really like the character of Samwell, they are the most slow parts during this novel. I feel sad that I have to drag myself through his chapters, because I do like him a lot.

I feel I have finally caught up with where I was with the tv series before I got bored with it. I will now first finish the novels before restarting the tv series. I am curious how the tv series diverses from the book series after book four. When I know, I will write a post about the differences.

Overall A Storm of Swords is to me the best book in A Song of Ice and Fire. It did not bore me at all, but I just did not like some of the slower pieces.

Let me know what you thought of this book!
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For now, let books enrich your life!


One thought on “Book Review: A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin

  1. Yay, fellow Sansa appriciator! 🙂 Nice and honest review, well done. And erm… You are going to need at least 5 posts for the differences between the books and the show. ;P

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