Title: A Storm of Swords
Author: George R.R. Martin
Genre: Epic Fantasy
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…
A lot of people say ASOS is the best book in the A Song of Ice and Fire series, and I would have to agree. If you’ve been watching the show, the last two seasons have followed the events of ASOS, but it hasn’t nearly done it justice.The book is brimming with beautifully crafted characters and excellent story-telling that can only come through the written word.
Perhaps what impressed me the most was the foreshadowing in this book. Having already seen half of it played out on the screen, I was able to really notice the bits of foreshadowing throughout the book. Every time, I was blown away by its perfection, and while I was sad that I didn’t get to experience things such as the Red Wedding with complete naivete, I was also glad to have known the fates of some of my favorite characters, because then I could identify all the tiny nuances that Martin left throughout the story to hint at what was to come. The deaths in these books should never have been a shock; the evidence was right there for us to see. And that’s what makes good foreshadowing.
The only issue for me in the book was that sometimes the descriptions could be over the top. There were some details that I thought the book could go without, but otherwise I thought the book was fantastic. Nearly every detail, every piece of information, every character was wonderful. I loved it, even when the events made me angry or upset. The story, the characters, the worldbuilding – it was all excellent.