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5.0 out of 5 stars
The Song picks up pace, 15 Aug. 2001
The third book in this high quality series is the best yet. I'd give four stars to the other books in this series because though the scope of imagination and plot are far beyond most fantasy novels this often made the opening books in the series a liitle slow at times.
In this installment we start to see some resolution in the convoluted political situation of the Seven Kingdoms (although not quite as you might expect from the earlier books), and along with the growing influence of Daenerys the story feels like it is starting to shape itself.
Also, the as to now mainly suggested fantasy elements of the story, seem to be hovering on the horizon ready to push the characters in a direction they cannot foresee.
All in all both parts of the third installment were thoroughly enjoyable, especially the second, and the series seems to be building more and more momentum as it goes on. If you were one of the very few who didn't continue with the series after the first book go back and have another look.