woensdag 10 juli 2013

50 Books Challeng 2013 - # 25: A Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin (A Song of Ice and Fire # 3)

Title: A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire # 3)
Author: George R. R. Martin
Story: 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 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 still 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...
Start: july 1st 2013
End: july 10th 2013
Comment: It has always takes me some time to finish a book in this series. This one took me ten days, less then the two other books I read. Although this novel isn't fast paced either, it was easier to go through for some reason. I was absorbed by this book. You would think that after three books, you have the basic plotlines of the story mapped out. Think again. Nothing is predictable with "A Storm of Swords". It's not always the good guy that wins or the bad guy that will lose, the hero doesn't necessarily stay alive at the end. It's an emotional rollercoaster ride with a lot of WTF moments. Again not for the feint of heart. There are some horrific murder scenes, they are so well written it just feels like the action seems to move in slow motion. This is the best book in the series so far. Wonderful.
Rating: 5/ 5

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