Review: A Storm of Swords – George R. R. Martin

Mass Market Paperback: 1216 pages
Publisher: Bantam (March 4, 2003)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 055357342X
ISBN-13: 978-0553573428
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Brienne of Tarth – A Female Knight.
Arya Stark – The youngest, headstrong Stark Daughter.


*********************** Warning Spoilers may apply for those who have not read the previous books *******************

The War of the 5 Kings is covering the major part of the landscape. Who will reign victorus. Will it be Joffrey Baratheon, Stannis Baratheon, Robb Stark, or are there other unseen forces waiting to seize the throne?


The Third installment in George R. R. Martin’s Epic Fantasy series A Song of Fire and Ice. Brienne of Tarth is charged with returning Jaime Lannister to King’s Landing in exchange for Arya and Sansa. Along the way she must face many adversaries with their own agendas.

Robb Stark is busy trying to keep his army together as they continue to win battle after battle, while his little sister Arya finds herself on the run and joining with a group of rebels. Meanwhile, at the Wall, Jon Snow and his brothers find themselves defending the wall against a horde of wildlings.

This was the longest book in the series, and at times really seemed to drag a bit. While there was a lot of blood spilled, a lot of storyline, and a lot of action, there was also a lot that just seemed to drag me out of the story. George R. R. Martin can spin a great story, but there are times where he seems to spend way too much time on descriptive prose.

That being said though, I liked the book, and will continue on to read the last two in the series. I’m anxious to find out what occurs with all these characters, and that is where the strength of these novels come in, is in character development.

For those of you into the series, or lovers of fantasy novels, you definitely want to pick up this series. But for readers with limited attention spans, I don’t think this series would be for you. Definitely for older teens and adults to the violent content, language, sexual situations, etc.

If you give it a read, drop back by and let us know what you thought.

About the Author

George R.R. Martin sold his first story in 1971 and has been writing professionally since then. He spent ten years in Hollywood as a writer-producer, working on The Twilight Zone, Beauty and the Beast, and various feature films and television pilots that were never made.

In the mid ’90s he returned to prose, his first love, and began work on his epic fantasy series, A Song of Ice and Fire.

He has been in the Seven Kingdoms ever since. Whenever he’s allowed to leave, he returns to Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he lives with the lovely Parris, and two cats named Augustus and Caligula, who think they run the place.

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