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A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin
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May 19, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: fantasy, fire_and_ice_series, read_2012
Read from May 19 to 23, 2012 — I own a copy

Not since 'A Game of Thrones' has Westeros been bathed in so much blood and hate. Martin recreates the suspense of the landmark Fire and Ice installment while furthering the cause of the Brothers of the Black and the horrors that haunt the land beyond the wall. Of all the books in the series, this takes the mantle as the king of shock and awe. Martin freely confines to readers to not grow accustomed to major characters- within the pages of 'A Storm of Swords 2: Blood and Gold' many strong characters will perish while others continue their rise prominence. Despite a few lapses in action where passages read as filler content, this is the most fast paced book in the series so those momentary distractions can be overlooked. Much like 'Storm of Swords 1' Martin continues to draw on the fantastical to breathe new life into depleted characters - a treat to fans and serious fantasy readers alike. As far as series books go, this one does a great job at reinventing the cast and world (to a certain extent) to add a new plot dimension and perspective to the matters concerning the realm. 4.5 stars.
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