A Storm of Swords

by George R. R. Martin

Reviewed by Coral

The battle for the Iron Throne continues, even as Joffrey's hold on it is growing more secure. Of his enemies in the Seven Kingdoms one is dead, another soundly beaten in battle - though not outright defeated - while the other two are suffering from internal conflicts that threaten to destroy them completely.

But he should be more worried about the enemies he does not know about: Daenerys Targaryen is slowly building an army to take back her family's throne and Mance Rayder and his army of wildlings march on the Wall where the depleted ranks of the Night Watch prepare to make their last stand, abandoned in their struggle by all claimants to the throne.

Against all these enemies, can Joffrey - or more precisely, the Lannisters - hold the throne? And if they can't, which of their enemies will succeed in taking it from them?

I loved this book, even if it took me a long time to get through.

As a whole, the plot moves forward, even if the individual plots for a couple of the characters seemed to move at a slower pace. There were a lot of twists that I didn't see coming. Even better, some of the unanswered questions/loose plotlines (i.e. Who hired the assassin sent after Bran Stark? What happened to the dismissed Kingsguard Barristan Selmy? Will Daenerys learn the truth about Jorah Mormont? Who poisoned Jon Arryn? actually get answered/tied up in this book.

The only two minor disappointments I had with this book was the loss of a character that, while not one of my favourites, I did find interesting, and a certain twist at the end of the book. Everything else, in my mind at least, worked perfectly.

Grade: B

Reviewed by Ruby

Book three and so far the longest book in the series, and a lot of things happened in this book. I just wish someone would kick Bran's storyline into gear because it has the potential to be the most interesting but it is crawling forwards at an snail's pace.

There were parts when I couldn't put it down it was so absorbing, but I am not happy that Samwell got chapters. He is one of the most boring characters and I really just want to slap him upside the head. All other characters have grown or degraded (or died) but he has stayed the same and I really don't buy that.

Like Coral said, we actually find out some answerers that have been hanging around since the beginning of the series but I don't think it was that much of a reveal. Considering how the story has moved along those small plot points no longer seemed that relevant in the grand scheme of things. 

Still awesome story, with twists and turns that I didn't not expect to happen at all. I can only hope that it keeps going like this.

Grade: A