April 12, 2013

A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire #3)

Genres/Themes: Adventure, Fantasy
My Rating: ★★★★★

The best book of the series so far, and the best book I've read so far this year!!

So much has happened it hard to remember it all. There is lots of action, weddings, and betrayals. Many of the character meet there ends throughout the book. Definitely not as long winded as book 2 was.

My favorite characters changed in this book. In book 2, everyone was planning and moving around while Arya and Bran horded much of the action. In this book, all the plans came to fruit or failed while Bran and Arya for the most part moved around. My favorite characters this time around were Sansa and Jon and to a lesser degree Jamie and Tyrion.

The story at the wall builds and breaks during this book. I love how Jon's story finished in this book. I can't wait to see how it's going to turn out in the next one!

So much was going on and so many secrets were reveled that it was hard to put the book down! I can't wait to read the next book, but I'm forcing myself to hold off. With book 6 not due to be published until 2015 and book 7 not until 2019, I really need to pace myself if I want to drag out the enjoyment of this series. I don't see myself holding back for more than a month though. :)

My thoughts as I was reading (no spoilers): 

Page 82: I was really excited when I started this book. Lots of things going on. Then I got to Sansa's first chapter and the first line made me laugh. "The invitation seemed innocent enough, but every time Sansa read it, her tummy tightened into a knot." Tummy? Since when did Martin digress to children's talk?

Page 95: "I'm loving the grandmother! "Garth [Greenhand] liked to plant his seed in fertile ground...I shouldn't wonder that more than his hands were green." Reminds me of the grandmother from Downton Abbey. 

And the eunuch bit: "I've never been quite sure what the point of a eunuch is...they're only men with the useful bits cut off." 

I usually find Sansa's chapters alright, but this is hilariously entertaining. 

Page 258: So INFURIATING!! I hate the whole political forced marriage thing!

Lately women treatment frustrates me more than usual. Maybe because at the last job I had, I was one of only two women in the entire plant. Drove me nuts when the guys thought I couldn't do something because I was a woman. I'm a farm girl. I can take care of myself!

Page 384: Poor Sansa. It could have been worse. At least in the end he didn't force her. Though I think it was a bit much for him to blatantly say he'd be unfaithful.

Page 527: "You know nothing!" <--Getting really tired of it.

Page 566: So much is going on! So exciting!!

Page 788: Oh my gosh! Everyone's dying!! 

Page 893: Poor Sansa, she's just jerked around all over the place.

Page 966: A fake Arya!! This author comes up with some of the coolest ideas.

I like how the woman who bought Arya's horse told her she doesn't look highborn. :D

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