Title: A Storm of Swords
Author: George R.R. Martin
Published: August 8, 2000 by Bantam Books
Price: $9.99 on Kindle.
Blurb: Of the five contenders for power, one is dead, another in disfavor, and still the wars rage, alliances are made and broken. Joffrey sits on the Iron Throne, the uneasy ruler of the Seven Kingdoms. His most bitter rival, Lord Stannis, stands defeated and disgraced, victim of the sorceress who holds him in her evil thrall. Young Robb still rules the North from the fortress of Riverrun. Meanwhile, making her way across a blood-drenched continent is the exiled queen, Daenerys, mistress of the only three dragons left in the world. And as opposing forces maneuver for the final showdown, an army of barbaric wildlings arrives from the outermost limits of civilization, accompanied by a horde of mystical Others – a supernatural army of the living dead whose animated corpses are unstoppable. As the future of the land hangs in the balance, no one will rest until the Seven Kingdoms have exploded in a veritable storm of swords….
Review: I am sorry, my friends and fellow readers. I enjoyed the first two books well enough however, this is where my journey into the Game of Thrones ends. I really wanted to get through the whole series since everyone seems to love the show, but I’m a person who has to read the books first. I like to be informed and I also really like to see what they did different to the books when I watch said show.
I’ll probably still watch the show sometime, but this turned into a DNF for me. In fact, it took me almost a year to just pick it back up to try and finish it. I got to the Red Wedding, had my feelings about that, all the shock and anger over that, but then…I stopped. There’s just a lot of nothing with the interesting bits far too spaced out with journeys and political talk that I really don’t care about. It’s like it was in the last book, only dialed up.
There were also too many characters to keep up with and it felt like, switching to the seemingly unimportant characters made the story suffer. There was one character that it kept switching too that I really cared nothing for. He may be important later on in the story or the series, but I just couldn’t care less about him when it switched to his POV.
It really started to feel like I was forcing myself to keep reading and when that happens, it’s just not fun for me anymore and that’s when the reading slumps happen.
This series had a great beginning and I’m sure it has a great ‘almost’ ending, since people are still waiting on books, but this middle piece…I’m sorry, I just can’t force myself to finish this book.
Thank you for reading my review.