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A Dreary, Dark and Diseased Landscape - Excellent!!!,
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This review is from: A Storm of Swords Complete Edition (Two in One) (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3) (Kindle Edition)This is the third volume in GRRM's amazing "A Song of Ice and Fire" collection, which is still growing, with no sign of reaching an end. This book is two volumes in one, and is a long, long read, but worth every single word. As the series progresses the landscape somehow gets drearier, darker and more diseased. It started off with exciting tourneys with descriptions of beautifully coloured clothes and mouthwatering feasts with the occasional unpleasant description of bloody visceral combat, but this now dominates. The resulting septicaemia often results in painful lingering deaths, or if the character is lucky, unsightly maiming. But, hey ho, it's fantasy; and fantasy brilliantly written by a gifted literary craftsman. Looking ahead I've read some not so good reviews for "A Feast for Crows"; but I'm going to grit my teeth and soldier on. I'm just glad I don't live in Westeros.