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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing achievement, 27 Sep 2000
This review is from: A Song of Ice and Fire (3) - A Storm of Swords (Hardcover)
The best heroic fantasy series in the world keeps getting better. Though nearly 1,000 pages long, I had the feeling that it could easily have been 500 pages longer. Complaints about the Bran and Arya chapters never popped into my head. Yes, they move less decisively than some other plotlines but they all do progress significantly near the end and there's some very good character interaction to keep us engrossed. But of course the main focus of the book is on the political fallout of the war between the Starks and the Lannisters, and what a fallout it is. I defy anyone to predict more than 25 % of Martin's plot twists, and when he DOES go for the more predictable resolution it is because it is the RIGHT one. Robb Stark is finally on stage again (his lack of presence was the main drawback of Clash Of Kings as far as I was concerned). Jaime Lannister develops incredibly well as a character, and Tyrion remains as magnetic as ever (slight caveat : a few too many mentions of how people stare at him even more since he was scarred). The magical subplot increases in strength, Stannis is an absolutely fascinating creation - a decent, stern hero who is unlikable. The religion of R'Hllor doesn't seem to be what we thought it was - or is it? The way the battle between Light And Dark will be fought (probably) in the next three books shapes up to be very interesting and frightening. In fact, this is one of the aspects I like very much in the series : behind the scenes, a true Evil is at work, yet the ones who might be able to halt its advance are busily exterminating each other over what amount to petty squabbles, greed and jealousy. A wonderful mix of real-life medieval politics and heroic-fantasy themes. Of course, like everyone else here, my complaint is that it's going to take two years for GRRM to write the next novels and six years (at least) before the series is finished. And like many, I too fear that like Jordan and Goodkind he may lose his way and be lured to the Dark Side of Eternal Sequels Which Really Do Not Further The Main Plot Of The Series Anymore. But at this time his writing is so strong, his characterization so refreshing, and his plotting so audacious, intricate and satisfying that I have faith. Read it and be blown away.
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