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A Storm of Swords

A Storm of Swords; without question the third book in A Song of Ice and Fire is exactly that. Characters and stories of note abound. Blood soaked steel stains almost every page. Jaime Lannister and Samwell Tarly join the ranks of character perspectives scripted by Martin. Samwell progresses from “Ser Piggy” to “Sam the Slayer.” Jaime on the other hand…

Jaime Lannister is my favorite character in the series, and after giving him almost no attention in A Clash of Kings, Martin makes up for that in Swords. Jaime finally provides his side of the Kingslayer story, and it’s a jaw-dropping tale to say the least. However, Jaime’s quest stretches far beyond his past. Brienne accompanies him and the two shape each other’s characters in ways only Martin could have foreseen.

The climax however begins not with Jaime’s wanderings, but a wedding. After Robb Stark betrays his treaty with the Frey’s by marrying Jeyne Westerling, Edmure is coerced into courting a Frey daughter to keep the peace. What ensues is a blood bath to drown all others. Thereafter titled the, “Red Wedding,” its iron enriched liquid starts a landslide. Nearby in Kings Landing the young lion Joffrey Baratheon is betrothed to the rose Margaery Tyrell. Prior to the tragedy of their pigeon pie Sansa Stark is wed to Joffrey’s uncle Tyrion Lannister. Never have the sacred vows seemed so deadly than in this series of unfortunate events.

There is also the Wall and the threats that surround it. Jon Stark is thrust even deeper into the metaphorical Tartarus. As his loyalty is put into question, his heart is laid on the line. In the end he becomes the boss every reader knew he would become, but at a costly price. His brother Bran is further awakened in his spiritual quest, and his sister Arya continues on as the lone wolf while boarding a ship to Braavos. Speaking of Easteros, the beloved Daenarys Targaryen fuels her fans excitement while she goes about building her army. Constructed upon a foundation of Dothraki equestrians she adds a layer to her military strength with slave soldiers known as “The Unsullied.”

Before concluding… House Martell must be mentioned. The Red Viper’s fiery fight against the Mountain that Rides started a ripple effect leading to Tyrion’s vengeful escape. His wife Sansa taking flight earlier than her dwarf husband meets up with the ever mysterious Littlefinger. Petyr has been absent for a long while, but the treacherous little snake returns to make a set of brilliant moves.

The Game of Thrones is far from over in Westeros. Much of Robert’s Rebellion is yet to be revealed, and the Dragon hasn’t recaptured her crown. Stannis survives in the North, and Tommen lives on as the heir to his brother’s brief legacy. Revenge runs ever rampant, and now that the Storm of Swords has struck and the corpses stink, let the Feast for Crows begin.

Comments

  • Jonathanleebrock

    By far the best of the first 3 books….I’m excited for the twists and turns that await in the 4th installment.

    • Anonymous

      Agreed… and like I said, you’ll finish this one before me. 

  • Chris Elliott

    I’ll never be able to get into these types of novels specifically, but over the last little while, I have been trying to partake in some good, old fashioned reading as much as I can. It’s hard for me, but I feel as though once I start, and find something that interests me as much as this series does you, I’ll be able to get back into it. *Cue Never learned to read scene from Wayne’s World* 

    • Anonymous

      Whatever it is you find, send the recommendation my way. I always love a new book, and this series only has two much chapters left.

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