For the last few weeks, I’ve been reading A Storm of Swords, the third book in the A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R. R. Martin. I finished the 1128 page behemoth last weekend. Of the three books I’ve read so far, I can’t decide where I like this or A Game of Thrones (book 1) best.
Serious book spoilers below!
The first half of the book was good, but not super captivating. For the most part, it followed characters as they went from point A to point B without a whole lot of surprising and unexpected things happening. A few exceptions to this were Tyrion and Sansa’s wedding and the fiasco at Craster’s.
Halfway through, though, all hell broke loose at The Twins after the Edmure Tully & Roslin Frey wedding. After I finished that chapter, I cursed out loud in disbelief. 😛 And then an axe “took [Arya] in the back of the head” in the very next chapter?!? I read that sentence over and over, thinking there was no way Martin would have killed Arya. I was so relieved to see her name at the beginning of a chapter later in the book.
After that, the book really picked up speed. Castle Black and The Wall suffer wildling attacks, Daenerys finds that two of her trusted advisors have been lying to her, Joffrey dies (YAY!), Tyrion is put on trial, and Stannis actually saves the day.
A few things were predictable, like Jon becoming the Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch and the inevitable Petyr/Sansa kiss, but it really felt like all bets were off in the second half of the book; anything could happen. People even came back from the dead! I could have sworn that Tyrion was going to pick Jaime as his champion during his trial by combat, though. It would have been hilarious to see Cersei’s reaction to that!