A Storm Of Swords – George R.R. Martin

Of the five contenders for power, one is dead, another in disfavour, and still the wars rage as violently as ever, as alliances are made and broken.

Joffrey, of House Lannister, sits on the Iron Throne, the uneasy ruler of the land of the Seven Kingdoms. His most bitter rival, Lord Stannis, stands defeated and disgraced, the victim of the jealous sorceress who holds him in her evil thrall. But young Robb, of House Stark, still rules the North from the fortress of Riverrun.

Robb plots against his despised Lannister enemies, even as they hold his sister hostage at King’s Landing, the seat of the Iron Throne.

Meanwhile, making her way across a blood-drenched continent is the exiled queen, Daenerys, mother of the only three dragons still left in the world…

But as opposing forces manoeuvre for the final titanic showdown, an army of barbaric wildlings arrives from the outermost line of civilization. In their vanguard is 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…

I never really got myself to read the books fearing an internal conflict, as I’m very fond of the television series and the artists who portray the characters. Since this year I have been doing things out of my comfort zone, I took the risk and read the very first book, and boy oh boy I was not disappointed. It does not feel that twenty years have passed since the book was published. The story is as good and new and very addictive.

I will not be reviewing the book here, it won’t be fair. The book is an experience and the series is an emotion. Both should definitely not be mixed.

4 comments

  1. I love the television series. It is so very well done. I have all five books though I’ve only read the first one. It was ok–but dragged in large parts. I’m afraid to start the second as I’ve heard it isn’t as good as the first. At some point I will. While he has a great imagination and has crafted a great story I feel he sometimes gets hung up on details that leave the reader feeling frustrated. He is far from my favourite author!

    • After the third book the book and the television series differ. Yes books are very descriptive in detail. But it’s worth the effort. I took 7 months to complete the books. At times they used to get heavy.

      • I’m no stranger to large books–in fact I used to seek them out. Still I find his writing somewhat plodding. I will read them but not all at once. I can’t punish myself that much.

        • Yep. In a way. And if sci-fic is not your genre it’s a daunting task. But the series is well made. And he has created an entire new world with back history. So your pulled into his imagination.

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