Summary (From Goodreads.com)
The Seven Kingdoms are divided by revolt and blood feud, and winter approaches like an angry beast. Beyond the Northern borders, wildlings leave their villages to gather in the ice and stone wasteland of the Frostfangs. From there, the renegade Brother Mance Rayder will lead them South towards the Wall.
Robb Stark wears his new-forged crown in the Kingdom of the North, but his defences are ranged against attack from the South, the land of House Stark’s enemies the Lannisters. His sisters are trapped there, dead or likely yet to die, at the whim of the Lannister boy-king Joffrey or his depraved mother Cersei, regent of the Iron Throne.
And Daenerys Stormborn will return to the land of her birth to avenge the murder of her father, the last Dragon King on the Iron Throne.
Title: A Storm of Swords: Steel & Snow
Author: George R.R. Martin
Length: 623 Pages
This is by far my favourite book of the series so far. As has been the case with all of the books so far (in my opinion) it takes a while to get going –the setting the scene/past book recap seems to take an awfully long time at the start of each of these books!
Once I finally got into it though, I couldn’t put it down! There are some serious plot twists particularly involving Jaime Lannister, Tyrion Lannister & Sansa Stark, all of which I loved. Jaime’s plot twist makes it a little easier to understand him as a character. Throughout the first two books I got the impression that he was supposed to seem like a shallow, twisted pretty-boy on a power kick with more hidden below the surface – unfortunately, the surface was just a little too convincing for me! This third book reveals a little more about him, and the events surrounding his Kingslayer title, which made me appreciate the character a bit more.
The end of Clash of Kings really saw Tyrion Lannister come into his own a bit, but the trials aren’t over for him. In this book he’s thrown such a curveball you wonder if it’s going to change him. He’s still by far my favourite character, and the twist regarding his character is simply masterful storytelling by Martin.
Throughout Game of Thrones’ long introduction I seriously debated whether these were for me, but having read this I’m so glad I stuck it out!
Buy it? Definitely – I’ve already bought it!
In a nutshell: The best book so far, stick with it.