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

So for those of you who don't know, this is the 3rd book in a series. But I'm going to do something extra special for you this time. There will be no spoilers - NONE - for the whole series up to this point. I'm for serious. I mean, this review is going to be challenging as hell already, so why not? You're welcome.

On to the review!

In a sentence or so: Turmoil, uprisings, grasping for power and finding home define this third book in the epic series. Also, A TON of people meet unexpected ends.

If you've read this series, you know how difficult it is to write a review about them. I mean, so much happens in every single chapter. AND the books are so well written that the books blend together into one seamless narrative. Which is AWESOME for reading, and sucktastic for reviewing. So let me try and hit the different areas of the map...we'll see how that works for me.

The North: So there's this king on Dragonstone who claims he is the true heir to Westeros. The problem is, there are like 15 people saying they are king, so its kind of hard getting anyone to believe you. This king happens to have a red lady named Melissandre on his side who is kind of a sorceress, kind of scary, but also kind of legit (at least, think so). He names this self-made knight named Davos Seaworth as his hand. I love him to pieces because he tells the truth no matter what. Turns out that's pretty rare in Westeros these days.

Also in the north, the Stark family is still going strong and trying to show the rest of Westeros that honor is the way to go. They are truly unique in their belief in honor reigning supreme. You root for them and you love them, and you HATE that the trust they put in others isn't enough.

The Wall: So while all of Westeros is up in arms about what to do with the king of the seven kingdoms situation, shit is getting REAL up in the real north. The Wall protects the seven kingdoms. From what, you ask? SCARY BUSINESS YOU GUYS. Most people don't believe it, which is a huge problem. The only thing scarier than monsters are monsters you don't believe in coming to get you.

Kings Landing: The Lannister family continues to be all crazybeans up in the castle and defending the throne as their own. Despite crazy ass rumors (which are true, by the way) getting out, it is too little and too late. No one plays the game better than the Lannisters.

Across the Narrow Sea: The last royal family to sit on the throne has one final descendant. Trouble is, she doesn't really have the resources she needs to take the throne back. One day at a time, she is slowly gaining the strength and the knowledge and the resources she needs to take what is hers. You know, if she can get through the other 15 dudes who are trying to take the throne for themselves as well.

All of the characters and all of the motivations and all of the plot development are spectacular. You may have watched Game of Thrones on HBO and thought to yourself how awesome it all is. Well guess what peeps - IT IS AWESOME. And of course the books add depth and spawn crazy conspiracy theories within your brain that will keep you awake at night and talking to other readers for hours (thanks again to my husband, Amy, and Bethany for listening to my ranting). Seriously, this series is the business.

If you haven't started this series, I highly recommend it. Sure, it's a daunting task to pick up 1000+ page books. I get that. But it is worth it. IT IS WORTH IT. If there were a font bigger than caps, I would use it.

Fave Quote: "And now my oaf son is dong the same, only he's riding a lion instead of a palfrey. It is easy to mount a lion and not so easy to get off, I warned him, but he only chuckles. Should you ever have a son, Sansa, beat him frequently so he learns to mind you. I only had the one boy and I hardly beat him at all, so now he pays more heed to Butterbumps than he does to me. A lion is not a lap cat, I told him, and he gives me a 'tut-tut-Mother.' There is entirely too much tut-tutting in this realm, if you ask me. All these kings would do a deal better if they would put down their swords and listen to their mothers." (The Queen of Thorns, Location 1804 of 23460 on Kindle)

Fix er up: There are none! FOR SERIOUS this is the best.

Title: A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice & Fire #3)
Author: George R. R. Martin
Genre: Fantasy
Pub Info: 2000, Spectra

[FTC Notice: I own a copy of this book. I was not compensated in any way for this review. HOLLA]

For those of you who have decided you'd like to read my thoughts on the other two books (which will contain spoilers for those books), you can check them out below.
A Game of Thrones Part One
A Game of Thrones Part Two
A Game of Thrones Part Three
A Clash of Kings

Lisa is a gamer, crafter, fangirl, mother, wife and unabashed nerd who is pretty ridiculous and it's best you know that up front. When she's not binge watching Netflix or crafting into the wee hours of the night, you can find her spending a lot of her time on Pinterest and Twitter.

6 comments:

  1. If there were a font bigger than caps I would use it to tell you HOW MUCH I LOVE THIS REVIEW AND YOU. Davos is so incredible. OF COURSE you would love him. And I love that you quoted The Queen of Thorns. That's a badass grandma, right there. Props on managing no spoilers! Impressive :-)

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  2. Can't wait till the hubby finishes this one so I can start it next. A Clash of Kings left me needing to know more!

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  3. Oh, Lisa. I hate/love you. Why?

    BECAUSE OMG. The other day I was screwing around on Amazon and thinking about Game Of Thrones the show and the book and I put Clash of Kings in my cart. And it's just sitting there. And I'm like I shouldn't buy this until I read and get rid of x-amount of books. And I still haven't yet. AND THEN TODAY this review of Storm of Swords pops up and I read it and I'm like OH YEAH THAT CHARACTER. Then I'm like holy mother cuss I need to buy Clash Of Kings, since what kind of weirdo owns the 1st and 3rd book, but not the 2nd?

    PRESSURE. That's why I hate love you, because I feel pressure to buy and read Clash of Kings.

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  4. Arrrggghhh, I can't wait lol

    I have no idea why I care so much about how you will react to situation in these books, other than I very much enjoy your writing, but I am looking forward to the next few weeks.

    Irene Jennings of Cold Laser Dallas

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