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A STORM OF SWORDS by George R R Marin is #3 in A Song Of Fire and Ice Epic Fantasy Series. It is 1177 pages in length.

Brief Description:

Of the five contenders for power, one is dead, another in disfavor, and still the wars rage, as alliances are made and broken. Joffrey sits on the Iron Throne, the uneasy ruler of the Seven Kingdoms. His most bitter rival, Lord Stannis, stands defeated and disgraced, victim of the sorceress who holds him in her thrall. Young Robb still rules the North from the fortress of Riverrun. Meanwhile, making her way across a blood-drenched continent is the exiled queen, Daenerys, mistress of the only three dragons left in the world. And as opposing forces maneuver for the final showdown, an army of barbaric wildlings arrives from the outermost limits of civilization, accompanied by a horde of mythical Others–a supernatural army of the living dead whose animated corpses are unstoppable. As the future of the land hangs in the balance, no one will rest until the Seven Kingdoms have exploded in a veritable storm of swords….

My Review:

I can’t say enough about this series.  I think I like this one the best of all so far.  It was a book that you just couldn’t put down and when it ended, you wanted to pick up the next one to see what happened next.  Things are not always what they seem and I think this is the part that intrigues me the most.  Just when you hate someone so much, you begin to see the good side even though they are probably evil.  Characters you hated in the beginning you suddenly seem to grow fond of or they do something so out of character, you don’t see it coming.  You really can’t predict what will happen, because just when you think you have it figured out, it changes yet again.  Another reason you can’t put the books down.

The character building in these books is fantastic.  With each chapter you find some new tidbit that you really didn’t know and you wouldn’t expect based on what you already know.  I can see how people speculate on what might happen after one book, but things are changing all the time so what you think might happen doesn’t.  This is the only series of late where I didn’t figure out what was happening at least part way through.

I am giving this 5 out of 5 stars and am going to start listening to the next one to see what happens.  I hope Mr. Martin is writing fast as I really don’t want to be hanging on a cliff for years to come.