Book Review – A Storm of Swords, part 2: Blood and Gold by George R. R. Martin

A Song of Ice and Fire #3.2

A Song of Ice and Fire #3.2

‘George R.R. Martin’s superb and highly acclaimed epic fantasy A Song of Ice and Fire continues with the third in the series A Storm of Swords. There is passion here, and misery and charm, grandeur and squalor, tragedy, nobility and courage. Unabridged and split into two parts. The Seven Kingdoms are divided by revolt and blood feud, and winter approaches like an angry beast. Beyond the Northern borders, wildlings leave their villages to gather in the ice and stone wasteland of the Frostfangs. From there, the renegade Brother Mance Rayder will lead them South towards the Wall.
The men of the Night’s Watch are ready for the coming of a great cold and the walking corpses that travel with it. But now they face a horde of wildlings twenty-thousand strong – hungry savage people steeped in the dark magic of the haunted wilderness – poised to invade the Kingdom of the North where Robb Stark wears his new-forged crown. But Robb’s defences are ranged against attack from the South, the land of House Stark’s enemies the Lannisters. His sisters are trapped there, dead or likely yet to die, at the whim of the Lannister boy-king Joffrey or his depraved mother Cersei, regent of the Iron Throne. Cersei’s ambition is unfettered while the dwarf Tyrion Lannister fights for his life, a victim of treachery. And on the other side of the ocean, the last of the Targaryens rears the dragons she hatched from her husband’s funeral pyre. Daenerys Stormborn will return to the land of her birth to avenge the murder of her father, the last Dragon King on the Iron Throne.’ (Goodread) (609 pages, 1st September 2011, HarperVoyager)

This book, oh my god, this book was amazing! In the beginning I was a bit afraid of where the story was going. I have watched the television series before reading the books and I heard that on some story lines they differed. So it got me a little afraid that what I liked what happened to my favorite characters in the series would be totally different in the book. But I have to admit, after reading the entire book and comparing the two. That it doesn’t bother me all that much.

I read an interview with George R.R. Martin and he told that it’s normal they change stuff and add elements that he doesn’t describe in the book, to add to the world of the tv series so that people who haven’t read the book would understand it better. And I’m glad they do it differently actually. It gives me the opportunity to see the vastness of the world they both describe and the possibilities they have in this world.

It is interesting to see what they all go through in this world and George R.R. Martin writes it in such a way that gets to me and I really get involved when I read his books. The characters grow on me and it hurts me to see some of them go, but it always makes me excited when we get to meet new ones. I keep guessing which way the story will go, but I’m always pleasantly surprised. And i hope I will get to reading the next one soon, to see where the story goes from here.

out of 5 stars, definitely worth it.


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