SPOILER ALERT: DO NOT READ IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THE FIRST TWO BOOKS IN THIS SERIES AND ARE PLANNING ON IT
George R.R. Martin continues his Game of Thrones series with “A Storm of Swords”. This is the third book in the series, the first two books being “The Game of Thrones” and “A Clash of Kings”. Reading this book continued to emerge myself into the world that Martin has created.
He continues to write in the same style, with multiple people telling the story from their perspective. This is a technique which gives his readers a unique insight into each of the characters and I have mentioned before how much I like this. There are several new characters that are introduced in this book and at the same time there are some characters that we have known from the first two books that in this one have their own chance to tell their story.
In the first two books Martin shows that he likes to shock his readers through killing off characters very suddenly. In the first book, Eddard Stark is beheaded. In the second book there are certain deaths that we are led to believe occur. In “A Storm of Swords” there are at least four deaths that are very shocking and very significant. We also learn some very interesting things in the last few chapters of this book. I don’t want to give anything away, but I will warn you…don’t read this book until you’re ready to not put it down. It is quite addictive.
Really, the whole series is addictive. Martin has a fabulous way of entertaining his audience with the right amount of drama and action. There is more in this book about “The Others” and those at the Night’s Watch. I very much so recommend this series. It can be a little difficult to follow at some points just because there are so many different characters that we have to keep track of. My brother showed me this website which has chapter summaries and can help clarify when things get a little confusing.