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Review: A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire, #3) by George R.R. Martin

A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire, #3)A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The further I get into George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series, the more I like it. It helps that I’m becoming more familiar with the people, places, and history. This book’s title is apt because it contains so much fighting, including hand-to-hand combat and full-scale battles. It’s more violent and bloody than the first two books.

The pace quickens and the plot thickens in this book. Besides an increase in violence, there’s more magic and hints at deeper mysteries. There’s also more political manipulation; there are betrayals, alliances forged and destroyed, and several puppeteers pulling strings. You never know who’s really in control. Martin isn't afraid to injure or kill prominent characters, which keeps you guessing. Many chapters end with cliffhangers.

This series is one of gritty realism; it’s not “clean”, romantic fantasy like Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings or LewisThe Chronicles of Narnia. Martin’s books feature gore, profanity, and sex.

In this book, I liked reading about the training regimen and ethos of the Unsullied. Tyrion’s and Jon Snow’s stories were my favorites; Jaime’s and Catelyn’s were my least.

I listened to the unabridged Books on Tape audiobook. Roy Dotrice masterfully uses a variety of voices to bring the story to life.

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