Title: A Storm of Swords (Goodreads)
Author: George R.R. Martin (Website)
Series: A Song of Ice and Fire #3
Published by: Bantam Spectra in May 2002 (my edition: Luitingh in March 2008)
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 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 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...
ASoS is already the third book in the ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ series and man, what a book! While AGoT and ACoK were decently good books with the right amount of action, THIS book does ten times better. Many people who have read this series say this is their favorite book out of all of them and now I finally understand why.
The first half, in this case Part 1: Steel and Snow is more like A Clash of Kings. More political stuff and not too much action. But then I got around a 100 pages into Part 2: Blood and Gold and I couldn’t keep myself from reading this book the entire day, everywhere I went. Part 2: Blood and Gold makes up for part 1, there is no denying.
I might have read some things in the past on the internet about what would happen but still… What the hell man. I even cried at some point (for those who read the book: RW!!!!) and went in a state of shock for a little while. It doesn’t stop there, no, things keep happening at a rapid pace and I even enjoyed Davos’ POV for a while. That says a lot. And not only Davos, every single POV was interesting in this book.
You also learn so much about certain characters and at the end you have answers but also new questions. I’d like to know what the hell Little Finger is up to and what he has done in the past that we don’t know anything about. I’m a little sad A Feast for Crows focuses on Kings Landing and I’ll have to wait that long to find out what happens to all the other characters I grew to love so much. What will Tyrion do, where will Arya and Sansa end up, what the hell happened in the epilogue,…? So many questions…