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Winter approaches Westeros like an angry beast. The Seven Kingdoms are divided by revolt and blood feud. In the northern wastes, a horde of hungry, savage people steeped in the dark magic of the wilderness is poised to invade the Kingdom of the North where Robb Stark wears his new-forged crown. And Robb's defences are ranged against the South, the land of the cunning and cr Winter approaches Westeros like an angry beast. The Seven Kingdoms are divided by revolt and blood feud. In the northern wastes, a horde of hungry, savage people steeped in the dark magic of the wilderness is poised to invade the Kingdom of the North where Robb Stark wears his new-forged crown. And Robb's defences are ranged against the South, the land of the cunning and cruel Lannisters, who have his young sisters in their power. Throughout Westeros, the war for the Iron Throne rages more fiercely than ever, but if the wall is breached, no king will live to claim it.


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Winter approaches Westeros like an angry beast. The Seven Kingdoms are divided by revolt and blood feud. In the northern wastes, a horde of hungry, savage people steeped in the dark magic of the wilderness is poised to invade the Kingdom of the North where Robb Stark wears his new-forged crown. And Robb's defences are ranged against the South, the land of the cunning and cr Winter approaches Westeros like an angry beast. The Seven Kingdoms are divided by revolt and blood feud. In the northern wastes, a horde of hungry, savage people steeped in the dark magic of the wilderness is poised to invade the Kingdom of the North where Robb Stark wears his new-forged crown. And Robb's defences are ranged against the South, the land of the cunning and cruel Lannisters, who have his young sisters in their power. Throughout Westeros, the war for the Iron Throne rages more fiercely than ever, but if the wall is breached, no king will live to claim it.

30 review for A Storm of Swords: Steel and Snow

  1. 4 out of 5

    Col

    I'm seeing a lot of negative reviews about this book: people complaining about a slow story line and a ridiculously cruel world where anyone can be killed off without a second thought. My response is: if you want a quick, happy clappy mushy book, you need to get yourself to the romance section. Or even better, the young adult section. My biggest pet peeve in books is feeling that characters are safe. I want people to die. I want people to be miserable. It tells me that the author is serious and I'm seeing a lot of negative reviews about this book: people complaining about a slow story line and a ridiculously cruel world where anyone can be killed off without a second thought. My response is: if you want a quick, happy clappy mushy book, you need to get yourself to the romance section. Or even better, the young adult section. My biggest pet peeve in books is feeling that characters are safe. I want people to die. I want people to be miserable. It tells me that the author is serious and that shit is going to get real. Sure, a happy moment every now and then would be nice, but the harsh realities in the world George Martin has created is a breath of fresh air. The character development is fantastic and I almost feel as if I've known these characters all my life. The story line can be slow at times, but that is what fantasy authors just tend to do, so get over it (LOTR, anyone?). Climactic events have me sitting on the proverbial edge of my seat because I know that it can go either way. Predictability has gone out the window, and although I like to believe I know where the story is going, George Martin proves time and time again that I just don't. Now let me stop waffling and get on with the next book!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kai

    "Night falls for all of us in the end, and too soon for some.” Part 1 of A Storm of Swords was less exciting than it's companions. I grew tired of most of the character's plot lines and couldn't get enough of others. I especially love that we finally get introduced to the Tyrells and the Dornish people. They definitely belong to my favourite characters and make all the events in King's Landing even more exciting. While I really like Brienne I don't care much for yet another long journey with une "Night falls for all of us in the end, and too soon for some.” Part 1 of A Storm of Swords was less exciting than it's companions. I grew tired of most of the character's plot lines and couldn't get enough of others. I especially love that we finally get introduced to the Tyrells and the Dornish people. They definitely belong to my favourite characters and make all the events in King's Landing even more exciting. While I really like Brienne I don't care much for yet another long journey with unexpected (parts annoying) turns through Westeros. They stumble and get dragged through places and by characters that I do not have any interest in - same goes for Arya. And I don't like Jaime very much. Catelyn's story is pretty much the same every time, a lot of mourning and sorrow. While I like her and Robb very much, it's still unnerving. Davos and Stannis would be extremely boring as well if it weren't for the Red Lady. So here are the many POVs, starting with the chapters I liked the most down to the ones I didn't: Daenerys Tyrion Sansa Jon Bran Samwell Arya Davos Catelyn Jaime Find more of my books on Instagram

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kristin

    Better than the last book, not as good as the first. Altogether an interesting story, but the pace of the series is very slow and if GRRM mentions one more banner/sigil, I'm gonna lose it... Better than the last book, not as good as the first. Altogether an interesting story, but the pace of the series is very slow and if GRRM mentions one more banner/sigil, I'm gonna lose it...

  4. 4 out of 5

    Charlotte May

    "The world grows a little darker each day." Still plowing my way through A Song of Ice and Fire! Book 3 part 1 completed! The plots thicken and intermix, a rising host of new characters to cause a stir are introduced and the battles between kings rages on! Catelyn: with Robb - the King in the North fighting battle after battle. Reeling from the knowledge concerning Winterfell and her two youngest sons, she makes a reckless decision that she hopes will protect her two daughters. "It was different "The world grows a little darker each day." Still plowing my way through A Song of Ice and Fire! Book 3 part 1 completed! The plots thicken and intermix, a rising host of new characters to cause a stir are introduced and the battles between kings rages on! Catelyn: with Robb - the King in the North fighting battle after battle. Reeling from the knowledge concerning Winterfell and her two youngest sons, she makes a reckless decision that she hopes will protect her two daughters. "It was different when there was a Stark in Winterfell. But the old wolf's dead and young ones gone south to play the game of thrones, and all that's left us is the ghosts." Sansa: No longer betrothed to King Joffrey but imprisoned in Kings Landing all the same. Another marriage is arranged for her that none are happy about. Arya: Still on the run with Hot Pie and Gendry, they come across a band of outlaws following the Lord of Light who have sworn to return her to Robb. Bran: Heading North with Meera and Jojen, his Warg powers growing ever stronger. Jon: After his ranging mission gone wrong, he hides out with Ygritte planning his next move. While the Wildlings plot their attack on the wall. "The north is hard and cold, and has no mercy." Samwell: I was so pleased Sam got a POV in this book. I love him! He remains with the Nights Watch and the Lord Commander. Awaiting any further news concerning the Wildlings, while fear of the Others grows more and more palpable. Tyrion: Still one of my faves! Living in the nest of vipers that is Kings Landing. Keeping his secrets and plots. Jaime: Another one who gets his own POV in this book! Thrown together with Brienne of Tarth to cross the country with Kings Landing as the ultimate goal. But of course things don't go according to plan. Davos: My other favourite! I love Davos, the underdog that he is! Still loyal to Stannis Baratheon, and recovering from the battle of the black water. He helps Stannis plan his next move, keeping his hatred of the red priestess Melisandre to himself. Daenerys: Last but absolutely not least! Dany is growing in her power and becoming more Queen-like every day! Her army is growing and she is as ruthless as ever. Still absolutely captivated by this world and it's characters! Let's keep going! "Old stories are like old friends...you have to visit them from time to time."

  5. 4 out of 5

    C.G. Drews

    OKAY SO I'M DONE PART 1!! I feel a little intimidated since this is, um, a 600-page part one. Oh gosh. What have I done by getting so embroiled in this series?! THERE IS NO ESCAPE. But I'm supposed to be reviewing this. Right. Let's get on with it. A Storm of Swords (so far) has been waaaay better than A Clash of Kings. It's faster! More action! More character development! There haven't been many surprising or awful deaths (at least of the main characters). And some of the barely-introduced-chara OKAY SO I'M DONE PART 1!! I feel a little intimidated since this is, um, a 600-page part one. Oh gosh. What have I done by getting so embroiled in this series?! THERE IS NO ESCAPE. But I'm supposed to be reviewing this. Right. Let's get on with it. A Storm of Swords (so far) has been waaaay better than A Clash of Kings. It's faster! More action! More character development! There haven't been many surprising or awful deaths (at least of the main characters). And some of the barely-introduced-characters of the last book have been fleshed out more now. (I particularly love Brienne.) Samwell and Jaime Lannister both got turns at narrating (!!) and the characters did more, instead of just sitting around talking about it. I won't talk about ALL the characters, just the narrators. SO HERE WE GO: + Jaime: We start the book in his POV and, omg, did I used to hate Jaime? HOW COULD I HATE JAIME?!! He's absolutely snarky, witty, and fabulous and I suddenly have a very soft spot for him. I, um, accidentally ship him and Cersei? HOW COULD THIS HAPPEN??? But, to be honest, Jaime is devoted, never cheats, and seriously actually truly loves her. Unlike 99% of the other dudes in this series. But, nunnnngh. I feel so conflicted about this ship. OBVIOUSLY. But I absolutely looked forward to Jaime's chapters. Plus I loved his interaction and development with Brienne. Omg, their friendship is precious...um, friendship? Hateship? I LOVE IT ANYWAY. Brienne is an adorable little darling who, in real life, I would probably come up to her elbow. So there's that. Omg and Jaime lost (view spoiler)[ HIS HAAAAND!! I HAVE NEVER BEEN SO DEVASTATED ABOUT SOMETHING. Well, apart from, like, all the death. But still. I wailed. I'm glad, though, that GRRM is developing his characters through injury/pain and not just lopping off all their heads. (hide spoiler)] + Tyrion: Omg, I felt SO SORRY for Tyrion. He's basically been fired as being Hand of the King, he's being bullied around by his father, and totally manipulated. No one appreciates him. None caaaaares. OMG POOR DARLING TYRION. (view spoiler)[ I was surprised when he married Sansa, but at the same time, is this weird of me? But I was glad it was him and not someone heartlessly and mindlessly cruel. I was freakishly worried he'd rape her but YAY TYRION HAS SOME HONOUR. (hide spoiler)] + Sansa: I've slowly grown to love Sansa. Mostly I think of her as a tiny kicked kitten that just needs a cuddle, but her chapters are always fascinating because she's such a flower on the wall. Everyone thinks she's stupid, so she hears ALL THE THINGS. I just feel so sorry for her because even when someone's horrible to her, she assumes they're out to be evil. Poor little mite. I can't believe she's only 13... + Catelyn: AH. CATELYN. She's not doing anything stupid (like, um, starting a war) in this book, thank goodness. But, I never really enjoy her chapters because I have to suffer Robb. OH ROBB YOU CURLY HEADED FOOL. He's forever making stupid decisions...like how he abandons his oath (view spoiler)[to the Freys and marries some random low-born lass. Once upon a time I would've said, "YES I AM FOR TRUE LOVE" but omg, not in Westeros, you freaking fools. Marry the RIGHT person so no one kills you. ERghhhh. (hide spoiler)] . And how he usually abandons Catelyn's totally wise counsel. Idiot. + Jon Snow: OMG MA BABY JON. I LOVE JON. JON IS LIKE MY LITTLE CURLY HAIRED ADORABLE ICICLE. He's with the Wildlings now and, omg, I ship him and Ygritte so so hard. Unfortunately, Jon spends most of his time having existential crises and smooching Ygritte. But it's probably the "happiest" he's been all book. But he still doesn't belong anywhere and he keeps nearly dying and an eagle ate his face at one point. I still love Jon. He's an IDIOT for splitting up with Ghost though. + Samwell: Since Jon isn't with the main host to narrate what's happening with the Black Brothers, we get Sam. YAAAY!! I LOVE SAM. He's pathetic, but he's also endearing at the same time. Plus he's honest. He's like the most honest person around. But, omg, I cried when (view spoiler)[Lord Commander Mormont (hide spoiler)] died in his arms!! THAT WAS SO CRUEL. The dude got through a battle with the Undead, and then died in a squabble over food?!! I hope Sam lives a long time, but ya know, I love him so he might die. Boo. + Arya: Again her part was more interesting than in ACoK, but she still spent most of the time going around in circles and not getting anywhere. She basically gets kidnapped by the Westeros version of Robin Hood and his gang. So that's interesting if not entirely not moving the plot along. + Bran: Same as above. LIKE I LOVE BRAN. But I don't like nine pages of what it's like to be a dire wolf and eat deer and smell all the things. Yeah, nope. Don't care. BUT BRAN IS ADORABLE. And I love his friendship with Jojen and Mira. + Davos: NOBODY CARES, DAVOS. He's like a poor little limpet serving a sucky king who doesn't really like him. BUT YEAH. I don't care. Stannis could be dancing in a tutu on top of King's Landing and I still would rather skip past Davos' chapters. + Danaerys: OKAY SHE'S DOWNRIGHT AWESOME. She's becoming more queenly now, which means taking less crap from stupid men. YAY. Although with Jorrah being "in love" with her? Ew. I'm glad she's telling him no. He probably could be her FATHER. Ahem. And there was that part where she nearly "sold" her (view spoiler)[ dragon and I FREAKED OUT. I was so angry I just stopped reading for a while because HOW COULD SHE EVER THINK TO DO THAT??? DARN YOU DANNI THAT'S TOTALLY OUT OF CHARACTER. But. Yes. It was okay. She didn't. (hide spoiler)] I think Dani has a cruel streak, but daaaang, if she doesn't sit the Iron Throne I'm going to cry, to be honest. So basically I loved it. I'm shipping the wrong ships (CERSEI AND JAIME THO) and I'm absolutely rooting for the mountainous Brienne and I want someone to appreciate Tyrion and I want Jon to be happy and I want someone to rescue Sansa. I'M REALLY EMOTIONALLY INVOLVED AND I KNOW THAT'S BAD. I figure part 2 is going to be horrific, but we'll see, shall we? Onwards! Onwards! By the way, I'm still listening to this on audio and I think it's the best way to go. The accents are GREAT, although I feel like the narrator lost it a few times and gave the wrong people the wrong voices. It really messed me up. BUT. He fixed himself. Still, the audios help me remember all the things and stay really involved with the story. BUT I LOVE THIS SERIES AND I DON'T WANT TO BECAUSE IT'S GONNA MELT MY MIND LIKE A MARSHMALLOW WHEN ALL THE BAD STUFF GOES DOWN. SAAAAVE ME. *sobs in preparation*

  6. 4 out of 5

    Zoe Artemis Spencer Reid

    There is no way I would ever not love any of A Song of Ice and Fire 's book. Once I got obsessed with the first book and love the characters with all my heart, it will goes the same for all its successor. But I have to admit that Part 1 of A Storm of Swords is a bit of slow paced even for a High Fantasy. There are a lot of unnecessary chapters in which the POV dragged in pointless story line, and encounter all these bunch of insignificant characters. Apart from that, this book is fantastic, thos There is no way I would ever not love any of A Song of Ice and Fire 's book. Once I got obsessed with the first book and love the characters with all my heart, it will goes the same for all its successor. But I have to admit that Part 1 of A Storm of Swords is a bit of slow paced even for a High Fantasy. There are a lot of unnecessary chapters in which the POV dragged in pointless story line, and encounter all these bunch of insignificant characters. Apart from that, this book is fantastic, those characters we love are going through great development and growth in their lives, and the possibilities of twist and turn of this series drive me crazy. I hope the second part will be more fast paced and I expect it will be more blood curling.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Omar Fadel

    Dark Wings, Dark Words. This is probably the most less action book in the series by far. But by the end, a lot is happening. Steel and Snow is the first half of A Storm of Swords, the third volume in the series. So its end is just the middle of the book. I am not going to deny, the story-line starts out really boring and slow-paced, but it will pick up its pace soon enough. George R.R. Martin said in a note at the beginning of the book that the opening chapters do not follow the the closing c Dark Wings, Dark Words. This is probably the most less action book in the series by far. But by the end, a lot is happening. Steel and Snow is the first half of A Storm of Swords, the third volume in the series. So its end is just the middle of the book. I am not going to deny, the story-line starts out really boring and slow-paced, but it will pick up its pace soon enough. George R.R. Martin said in a note at the beginning of the book that the opening chapters do not follow the the closing chapters in the second volume as much as they overlap them. As usual, there are new perspective chapters to replace those who were gone or dead. The first one is Ser Jaime Lannister, the Kingslayer. The book opens up with Jaime and Brienne while they are on their way to King's Landing, in order to exchange him with Sansa Stark. It was not good to be in his mind as much as it was interesting and important, in a way. For the first time, one can understand his motives and his seamy behaviors, and a little bit of his complex, incestuous relation with his sister Cersei. The presence with Brienne alongside him all over their journey made her take the role of the reader who knows nothing of him except what he would've heard. Despite that, she judged him and called him "Oathbreaker" a dozen of times through their dialogues. He was not very polite with her, too. For he is an arrogant man, he mocked her all the time and called her "Wench." His last chapter, in which contains the Bath part, is certainly the best. This is when Jaime confesses to Brienne about his past, and told her why he slew the king he has swore to protect. He was good and brave, but now he's not. Not evil, but not good all the same. When Robb returned to Riverrun and discovered his mother's so-called treason, he forgave her and told her that he understands her reason. He did not blame her, maybe because he is a good son, but maybe also not to give her the chance to blame him for what he did. "I have won every battle, yet somehow I'm losing the war." And from scourge to torment and torment to scourge, Catelyn Stark is still the most strong and miserable mother in the Seven Kingdoms. Afterwards, came my favorite character's chapter, Arya Stark's. She is still on her way to her parents at Riverrun in company of Gendry and Hot Pie. Her story-line has a lot of events earlier, in comparison to the other characters'. She meets Thoros of Myr, from the "Brotherhood Without Banners" who is serving no king, but rather aiming to save the world, and worshiping the one true God, The Lord of Light, R'hallor. The most thrilling chapter, when Lord Beric Dondarrion is introduced and fought. He is really one of the most characters I liked and one of of the main reasons I liked this book although he is probably a minor character and didn't appear that much. This is only the beginning of a dire time for Tyrion. After the Battle at Blackwater, and Lannister's thunderous victory on Stannis, Lord Tywin Lannister returned at King's Landing and took Tyrion's place. Tyrion's end at A Clash of Kings was depressing, yet fair in my opinion. He was very idiot in Book Two, spending his whole time with a whore. Now that he woke up and returned to his wits with a scar on his face which made him look more monstrous than he already was, he discovers he is now nothing. He sees treason in every one he's known, even Bronn. Until he met his father, this part was truly rough for Tyrion and very cruel from his father. We understand how his father mistreats and persecutes him and why, and how he feels towards this. His tracending rage and the winds of anger were very convincing and credible. One of my favorite characters, too, is Ser Davos. The loyal man who was though to be dead at the Battle, but he lived. When he returned, he found out that Stannis is now completely charmed by Melisandre, and was thinking that Davos is the reason behind his defeat against the Lannisters, for he was the man who convinced him not to take the Red Woman. And Davos was convinced that she is the one behind it. After a lot of suffering until the last chapter of the book, he was finally able to advise his Lord on the next move, and thought it would be wiser not to insist on keeping Melisandre away. "For the night is dark and full of terrors." Sansa, however, is still at King's Landing, no longer betrothed to Joffrey. After her father's execution and all the stuff that happened, she finally realized there is a game to be played. Book Two was her best, I think, she was wise, choosing her words carefully and not trusting anybody in this realm of malicious vipers. Yet somehow, in this book, she is back to her stupid Book One character. The Tyrells are cunningly approaching her through Margeary, Loras, and the very funny Lady Olena. Sansa still imagines herself being wed to a Prince and have his babies... Jon Snow has now one of the best story-lines which is definitely better than A Game of Thrones and A Clash of Kings. He went with this wildling young, beautiful girl Ygritte, who is kissed by fire, and the other wildlings beyond the Wall. He met their king and their people and knew many things about them. But to make them certain that he is one of them and no longer a crow of the Night's Watch, he must break the oaths he took... Will he? We all must admire the writer for turning the most boring story-line to be the richier one. I almost hated Daenerys' chapters in the previous volumes, she is a very good character and a strong Queen but she hadn't get the chance to actually do something! She just gave birth to her Dragons, which was great but not enough for two massive books of almost a thousand pages each. In this book, she travels to Astapor in order to buy an army for her. She faces a lot of hardships in her way, of course, but she did what she aimed for because she is a very strong woman. Her "Dracarys" scene is a mind-blowing part in the book and a point where the path of events totally changes. Bran also didn't do anything but few in this book. He is still on his way to Jon at the Wall with Osha and Hodor. He has his visions. He meets someone alike. That's almost everything, that's why many get disappointed. But I think it was good, I started to like Bran a lot. Being with him while nothing so important is happening makes the reader know him more and predict his deeds in the moments of tension. Finally, the second character who gets his own POV chapters is Samwell Tarly, Jon Snow's fat friend from the Night's Watch. I was not pleased at all by his mere presence in the books. He's a good person but I don't really think he's even useful. His chapters were so boring, to be honest. I've missed Theon, I hated him but I now realize he was interesting...

  8. 4 out of 5

    Hasham Rasool

    I enjoy this book. What an awesome book! Alhamdulillah. I don't really like the scenes especially sex scenes because I feel there are quite lots of sex scenes in this book. I think I might be unexpected to see these scenes are happening in the first part of A Storm of Swords. This book grabs my attention from the start to the end. I am hooked in A Song of Ice and Fire series. I enjoy this book. What an awesome book! Alhamdulillah. I don't really like the scenes especially sex scenes because I feel there are quite lots of sex scenes in this book. I think I might be unexpected to see these scenes are happening in the first part of A Storm of Swords. This book grabs my attention from the start to the end. I am hooked in A Song of Ice and Fire series.

  9. 5 out of 5

    ✨ jamieson ✨

    “Why would the stars want to look down on such as me?” A Storm of Swords is definitely a lot slower than it's predecessors. In this book, there's a sense everything is just on the verge of falling apart, like everyone is moving into position and soon there will be utter chaos. So I enjoyed the scheming, the political machinations, the set-ups and the lore that we get throughout this book - but I also found parts of it quite slow. My favourite part of this book was definitely the backstory an “Why would the stars want to look down on such as me?” A Storm of Swords is definitely a lot slower than it's predecessors. In this book, there's a sense everything is just on the verge of falling apart, like everyone is moving into position and soon there will be utter chaos. So I enjoyed the scheming, the political machinations, the set-ups and the lore that we get throughout this book - but I also found parts of it quite slow. My favourite part of this book was definitely the backstory and history we get about the characters and the world. A lot if about Rhaegar, Aerys and Roberts Rebellion. I always find worldbuilding and history really interesting and engaging in fantasies so these bits really drew me in. While I did know a bit of it from the TV show, getting more was nice. And I really like how much George RR Martin has actually thought out this world and the histories and backstories of the characters. He reveals just enough to transform our perceptions of them without defining them - like Jaime for example, and I think that's fun. I also noticed George R.R Martins writing a lot more in this. It was a little more poetic than the past two books which I appreciated. My least favourite bit is how much TRAVELLING there is. Arya and Jaime's chapters are pretty much just them walking around and it was definitely boring. I think there was too many POVs in this with not enough for each of them to do, because although we hear from each character a few times, most of them don't actually have much to do. My favourite to least favourite POVs are as follows: Catelyn Daenerys Sansa Tyrion Bran Jon Jaime (except that ONE BATH CHAPTER WHICH DESERVES EVERYTHING) Davos Samwell “The world grows a little darker every day.” Yes, unpopular opinion but I love Catelyn's chapters. I feel her pain! And I think the entire Stark camp is the one that has the most happening. Also I know whats about to happen and I want to appreciate them while I can. Daenerys is one of my least favourite characters (another unpopular opinion) but I liked her scenes in this book especially in Qarth. Truly epic and iconic. Also I liked the reflection on Rhaegar/Aerys and the Targaryens reign in Westeros. Sansa is MY GIRL and I like all the Kings Landing politics. Same reason I liked Tyrion's chapters. I like Bran. I like Jojen and Meera. Their travel chapters were just more interesting to me than the others and also Bran had Summer with him and I'm just a sucker for those good boy wolves “I'm not a lady, Arya wanted to tell her, I'm a wolf.” Anyway, Game of Thrones is like a friendly warm fantasy world to return to. Which, I know sounds weird since it's brutal, but since I know the characters and the world and the majority of the story from the show it's such an easy and fun thing to return to and experience in a new way. ANYWAYS I'm not sure when I'll get to A Storm of Swords part II. I'll be slowly making my way through this series since I want to catch up and be ready for the new release (when it's hopefully actually coming.)

  10. 4 out of 5

    Beks Counsell

    4.5 stars. "Old stories are like old friends, she used to say. You have to visit them from time to time." A Storm of Swords: Steel and Snow (A Song of Ice and Fire #3 Part 1 of 2) was a very enjoyable albeit not very eventful book. Despite this it was very riveting and set the perfect stage for the events taking place in the next book. It's so expertly written that it felt as though I was experiencing everything for the first time even after watching the show. I was constantly on edge and cautious 4.5 stars. "Old stories are like old friends, she used to say. You have to visit them from time to time." A Storm of Swords: Steel and Snow (A Song of Ice and Fire #3 Part 1 of 2) was a very enjoyable albeit not very eventful book. Despite this it was very riveting and set the perfect stage for the events taking place in the next book. It's so expertly written that it felt as though I was experiencing everything for the first time even after watching the show. I was constantly on edge and cautious through-out the whole time reading, waiting for the next death or scheme to reveal itself. What I admire about Martin's writing skill is his ability to write in several POVs and yet keep the story going without confusing or upsetting the reader's rhythm which makes it a comfortable, easy read. I never wanted to stop reading! I was surprised to find myself liking Sansa and enjoying her chapters as I didn't particularly like her in the show, which I also believe is to the credit of George R R Martin's writing ability. "All men must die, Jon Snow. But first, we'll live." Whilst this series is best known for its carnage and violence, I felt that this one was surprisingly tame which is what made it feel like it was somewhat lacking were the other books were not. The only other negative I have to say about the book is that the under age wedding and intercourse is quite off putting, but is expected as they are present in the other books. I understand that this is the norm for the setting of the story and doesn't hinder the reading experience very much. That being said, if such subjects are sensitive to you I wouldn't recommend this series to you as it is present in many of the books. "My sister has mistaken me for a mushroom. She keeps me in the dark and feeds me shit." Something I love very much about these books is that whilst there is a lot of death, violence and gore there is also amazing humour. Tyrion Lannister's wit is one of the most note worthy things to take away from this series. His ability to use sarcasm as a weapon is amazing and inspiring. His sass has no bounds! So whilst George R R Martin is busy killing, scheming against, maiming and planning revenge against our most beloved characters, at least we'll have a laugh whilst enduring it! "Some battles are won with swords and spears, others with quills and ravens." All in all this is another brilliant masterpiece, beautifully written. I cannot wait to continue the series which will no doubt emotionally ruin me but I'll enjoy every second of it! This series does contain sensitive subjects of a sexual nature/abuse so you may wish not to read it.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Josh

    George R R Martin had fun with this instalment – the evidence is in the dialogue and actions of the characters who manage to find moments of jocularity amidst the chaos of war. Tyrion Lannister is his usual swashbuckling self with a sharper sense of violence honed through bloody battle and everyday dealing with his treacherous domesticated life. Robb Stark breaks an oath and gains comfort of the flesh – a choice sure to have ramifications on the war effort. While King Joffrey continues to echo t George R R Martin had fun with this instalment – the evidence is in the dialogue and actions of the characters who manage to find moments of jocularity amidst the chaos of war. Tyrion Lannister is his usual swashbuckling self with a sharper sense of violence honed through bloody battle and everyday dealing with his treacherous domesticated life. Robb Stark breaks an oath and gains comfort of the flesh – a choice sure to have ramifications on the war effort. While King Joffrey continues to echo the sentiments of a mad King – perhaps his fate will mirror that of Arrys (one can but hope)? Fan favourites continue to evolve (Arya, Jon, Robb Stark, Sansa, Cersei. Davos the Onion Knight etc.) while newer faces begin their slow rise to prominence (such as The Red Viper, Lady in Red, Stannis, Samwell etc.) through an intrinsically finely weaved web of violence, betrayal, magic, love, and duty. Continuing the series evolution, the fantastical elements are becoming paramount to the core plot with a heavy emphasis on the unnatural and the mythic tales of wet nurses springing true from storybook to reality. There is a subtle beauty to the way Martin sneaks in these creatures of man and monster alike. So gentle is the hand that caresses their introduction that I had to reread certain passages as to ensure I didn’t misinterpret or skim over what was happening (this was not a chore and further enhanced Martins storytelling ability – this book is loaded with worthwhile double-takes). A particular interest of mine is the mysterious landscape over the Wall. Thankfully, the Brothers of the Black, Wildlings, and Others feature relatively frequently in this instalment. Martin did have a tendency to exhaust the readers’ ability to follow the detailed and elaborate history of his well defined world and complex cast of characters by devoting generous passages to the multitude of back-stories. That said; I did enjoy reading the Kingslayers tale of how is moniker was attained and retained and the perception of his honour that both curses and praises him. Dubbed as more a companion piece to ‘A Clash of Kings’ rather than a true sequel (as per the author intro) with chapters detailing events amidst the feverish battles of the previous book, I felt ‘A Storm of Swords: Steel and Snow’ actually worked well as a sequel as many of its entries were a direct result of the preceding books outcomes. Much like the previous instalments, if not more so, ‘A Storm of Swords: Steel and Snow’ has left me craving more of this world and its deep and violent history – 4 stars.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Paul

    Westeros is still in the grip of the War. Joffrey Baratheon holds the Iron Throne, but Robb Stark, Balon Greyjoy and Stannis Baratheon, jostle for their claim with blood and steel. Catelyn Stark has released Jaime Lannister as an exchange for her daughters, Sansa and Arya, who she still believes are at King's Landing. Having been victorious until now, Robb Stark suffers setbacks, and learns that Winterfell has been taken, and his other brothers are now presumed dead. In the North the Wildlings ar Westeros is still in the grip of the War. Joffrey Baratheon holds the Iron Throne, but Robb Stark, Balon Greyjoy and Stannis Baratheon, jostle for their claim with blood and steel. Catelyn Stark has released Jaime Lannister as an exchange for her daughters, Sansa and Arya, who she still believes are at King's Landing. Having been victorious until now, Robb Stark suffers setbacks, and learns that Winterfell has been taken, and his other brothers are now presumed dead. In the North the Wildlings are marching on the wall, with a pitiful small force of Night's Watch to counteract them. With the wights also attacking them, they realise the odds are so far stacked against until they realise that there is a possible way to defeat these creatures of the night. In the east Daenerys Targaryen is trying to raising forces to retake the Iron throne, which she sees as her divine right. She encounters slave trading, and makes plans to release these people from they captors. As the players in the game of thrones move their pieces, the stakes are raised higher and higher. In this world you win; or you die. Martin has managed to continue this epic tale of the land of Westeros in the same vain as before. There is not so much action in this one, but you get a full realisation that he is setting the scenes for the next books as the characters develop and grow, rise and fall, win and die. He is not afraid to eliminate characters as you get to know them, and occasionally even like them. This world that he has created is tough and brutal, and I like that way that the underlying magic, adds a little zing to all that is happening. But what makes this series so good is the political manoeuvring and intrigue that he has infused into this land. As alliances are forged and broken, loyalties are tested beyond all measure.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kirstine

    It is a good book. Rationally I know this. And I did enjoy it. There are some great characters, great stories and great writing. It's a very imaginative and epic tale. And it has tons of things I love, like dragons and sword fighting and magic and a huge wall of ice AND WILDLINGS. Rationally I know this. But.. My emotional response? Too many characters. Too many storylines. Too many things happening in different places. AHHH. My poor head. The things is, I care about too few of the PoV characters It is a good book. Rationally I know this. And I did enjoy it. There are some great characters, great stories and great writing. It's a very imaginative and epic tale. And it has tons of things I love, like dragons and sword fighting and magic and a huge wall of ice AND WILDLINGS. Rationally I know this. But.. My emotional response? Too many characters. Too many storylines. Too many things happening in different places. AHHH. My poor head. The things is, I care about too few of the PoV characters in these books to make any of them a quick read. I'm sorry, but the individual chapters are simply too short for me to properly bond with anyone who doesn't possess a personality that naturally resonates with me. And it's so frustrating, because I find most of the storylines (and characters) exciting and compelling, I'm just not getting enough of any of them to really get into it. They're like sub-stories, with some a vague (or not so vague) relation to a main story that's hinted at (ALL THE TIME), but won't be revealed till the final book AND IT IS SO ANNOYING. Because am I supposed to read each chapter, because I care about said character and want to know what happens to them? Because I don't. You can't give me 10 pages for every 100 I read and expect me to emotionally bond with ALL (or any) of them. I'll hand it to Martin that he writes all of the characters well, despite them all being so different. They all have their own voices, and that is the mark of a great writer. It's not that the chapters are bad (although some are more exciting than others) it's that they're too short. It's a matter of personal taste, of course. I'd simply prefer fewer PoV characters and longer PoV chapters, and if that lessens the epic scale of the series, then I'm okay with it. I'll keep reading though, because Martin is an incredible writer, and I know hanging on will pay of a hundred times in the end, but right now I am very frustrated. I have hopes that things change with A Feast For Crows and A Dance With Dragons, what with having to split the PoV's up - so more time for each character! - but perhaps things will already get better in the second half. Let's see!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    After finishing A Clash Of Kings I couldn't contain myself: I had to pick up the first part in The Song of Ice and Fire-series immediately. And... I finished this bad boy in seven days. I loved A Clash Of Kings, but o my god. I can't even begin to explain how much shit goes down in this first volume of the third book (A Storm of Swords is split in two books (in most editions at least), namely: Steel and Snow and Blood and Gold). "The night is dark and full of terrors, the day bright and beautifu After finishing A Clash Of Kings I couldn't contain myself: I had to pick up the first part in The Song of Ice and Fire-series immediately. And... I finished this bad boy in seven days. I loved A Clash Of Kings, but o my god. I can't even begin to explain how much shit goes down in this first volume of the third book (A Storm of Swords is split in two books (in most editions at least), namely: Steel and Snow and Blood and Gold). "The night is dark and full of terrors, the day bright and beautiful and full of hope. One is black, the other white. There is ice and there is fire. Hate and love. Bitter and sweet. Male and female. Pain and pleasure. Winter and summer. Evil and good. Death and life." A Storm Of Swords continues right where A Clash Of Kings ended. The war between the Five Kings continues (well, at this moment four, to be honest; Robb Stark, Stannis Baratheon, Joffrey Baratheon and Balon Greyjoy; Renly sadly didn't make it through a dark night full of terrors...). Stannis tried to take King's Landing, but failed miserably. It was an intense fight and I must admit that I was kind of team-Stannis, although I would have hated it if Sansa didn't make it. Speaking of Sansa, her life is changing for the better. Although, so it seemed. The Small Council decided that an alliance with House Tyrell would be good, so King Joffrey is to be married to Margaery Tyrell, widow of Renly Baratheon. Sansa is free of the cruel boy and Margaery and her grandmother Olenna, "The Queen of Torns", treat her very well. Yet, her luck changes too quickly: she is to be married to Tyrion Lannister, who she sees as an ugly dwarf. "Love’s not always wise, I’ve learned. It can lead us to great folly, but we follow our hearts ... wherever they take us." I might have been team-Stannis in the fight for Kings Landing; in the ultimate war for the throne I am team-Stark. In A Storm Of Swords we read about Robb's fight through his mothers eyes. And Robb is not making the best decisions. He might be winning a lot of battles, he is not making friends: while being engaged to one of the daughters of Walder Frey, he marries another girl he fell in love with. All very sweet, but incredibly dumb. His younger sister Ayra is on an adventure of her own and becomes quite tough on the way. "Old stories are like old friends. You have to visit them from time to time." The Night's Watch have a confrontation with the White Walkers on the Fist of the First Men. The person who seems most unlikely to shine on a moment like this, actually does: Sam Tarly kills a White Walker, using a blade of dragonglass. Jon Snow is on his own expedition without The Night's Watch, joining the wildings north of the Wall. He is constantly in a fight with himself; to which camp does he belong? Definitely since he seems to be falling in love with the wilding Ygritte (loved her in the tv-series, but love her even more in the book) You know nothing, Jon Snow. Jon's "brother" Bran is also on his way to the other side of the Wall. He is able to live through his wolves eyes and his companion Jojen can see certain aspects of the future. I am definitely very curious where this story line is heading. I can feel Bran will become extremely important in later books. Tyrion: "You hide behind courtesy as if it were a castle wall." Sansa: "Courtesy is a lady's armor." Finally, let's talk about Daenerys. If you've seen the tv-series, there are several epic parts you just want to read about, one being the one with the Unsullied, her dragons and Daenerys saying "Dracarys". All I can say is that that scene is extremely awesome. When I finished the chapter I had to reread it right away. Which was the same when I saw the episode for the first time; I just re-watched that bit over and over. Daenerys is one extremely bad-ass lady. Olenna: "Margaery, you're clever, be a dear and tell your poor old half-daft grandmother the name of that queer fish from the Summer Isles that puffs up to ten times its own size when you poke it." Margaery: "They call them puff fish, Grandmother." Olenna: "Of course they do, Summer Islanders have no imagination." I loved this book. I think this is my favorite so far. Just so much things happen. So much even, that sometimes I returned to a character after several chapters and completely forgot about that epic cliffhanger which connected to him or her. I would like to say I will take my time again and that I will not pick up the next book too soon, but who am kidding: I don't have that kind of power over myself.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sam

    This series is amazing. There are still some character's chapters that I dred every time I flip the page. Catelyn and Bran especially. It is still great to see the writing style change between different points of view but knowing how long the chapters are, it is an effort to start every chapter with one of their character names at the beginning. But Jamie, Tyrion, Arya, Samwell and Jon were all constantly exciting. The introduction of two of my favourite characters from the show which is Bad-ass This series is amazing. There are still some character's chapters that I dred every time I flip the page. Catelyn and Bran especially. It is still great to see the writing style change between different points of view but knowing how long the chapters are, it is an effort to start every chapter with one of their character names at the beginning. But Jamie, Tyrion, Arya, Samwell and Jon were all constantly exciting. The introduction of two of my favourite characters from the show which is Bad-ass Dany after she frees the slaves of Astapor and Prince Oberyn made for epic moments. Reading the subtle changes between the show and the books is always fun. I really struggled to read this book because of the sheer size. 10 pages of Game of Thrones equals over 50 of another book. There is so much stack onto every page, it really takes it out of the reader. AND THAT WAS ONLY HALF. But its all worth it in the end. P.S whoever read this book all at once is a God!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Chris C

    *UPDATE: I said I would have to come back to this review and sure enough, having just finished the second part of this story, I can confirm this is without a DOUBT a 5 star book as a whole and probably my favouritebook in the series so far.* I'm probably going to have to come back to this rating once I've finished the second part of this book. I'm rating this 4 stars for now as I'm basing it purely on what I've read so far, however, it would obviously be unfair to not rate this in line with how I *UPDATE: I said I would have to come back to this review and sure enough, having just finished the second part of this story, I can confirm this is without a DOUBT a 5 star book as a whole and probably my favouritebook in the series so far.* I'm probably going to have to come back to this rating once I've finished the second part of this book. I'm rating this 4 stars for now as I'm basing it purely on what I've read so far, however, it would obviously be unfair to not rate this in line with how I felt about the book in its' entirety. So far though, still really enjoying this series. If I had any issue is that is seems to have almost halted the pace I felt the first two books had. It's no surprise the book set I have split this book into two because it is just stuffed with information, sometimes interesting, sometimes not.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Ylenia

    *4.5 stars* EPIC AS FUCK. Can't wait to read part two! *4.5 stars* EPIC AS FUCK. Can't wait to read part two!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Elena

    Yes yes yes! Oh how I love this series!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Ashton Jade Gibbs

    A Storm of Sword: Steel and Snow (Part One) – George R.R. Martin “Martin has captured the imagination of millions.” - Guardian The above quote which is featured on the front of the book holds so so true. George R.R. Martin is sheer brilliance when it comes to creating an exciting world for readers. Even now, after reading over 2,000 pages of A Song of Ice and Fire, George R.R. Martin is adding details that deepen our knowledge of the land, the history and the people of this spectacular world A Storm of Sword: Steel and Snow (Part One) – George R.R. Martin “Martin has captured the imagination of millions.” - Guardian The above quote which is featured on the front of the book holds so so true. George R.R. Martin is sheer brilliance when it comes to creating an exciting world for readers. Even now, after reading over 2,000 pages of A Song of Ice and Fire, George R.R. Martin is adding details that deepen our knowledge of the land, the history and the people of this spectacular world, and he does so without overwhelming us. He clearly puts an immense amount of work into his art, allowing us to really construct Westeros in our mind and form connections with the characters we love whilst being utterly repulsed by the characters we loathe. *cough* Joffrey *cough* Cersei. Yet again, character development in this book is just magnificent. Arya Stark is slowly becoming one of my favourite fictional characters, and I love reading scenes with her and Gendry. (I totally want them to get together and grow old and have little warrior babies together). Tyrion is another favourite of mine, as from the start. He’s witty, amusing and exciting and it’s a joy to read his chapters, even just for his dialogue. So far I have enjoyed the addition of the Tyrells, and they’re pretty high in my estimation for now simply because they try to help Sansa. My feelings towards Sansa Stark have changed the most out of anyone. I’ve gone from considering her a bratty, little snob of a girl, to feeling for her as a victim, and finally to admiring the clever, young woman she is becoming. My favourite addition to this book, however, are the chapters involving Brienne and Jaime. I need not say much for Brienne, simply that she’s awesome. She’s loyal, kind, innocent and brave. I want a friend like Brienne. Now, on to Jaime. Previously, Jaime wasn’t exactly a strong contender for “Top Character I Feel For” in ASOIAF. What he did to Bran, how he helped Ned’s downfall, and his relationship with Cersei (that s**t seriously just makes my skin crawl, ew.) are a strong recipe for dislike. We are, however, beginning to see the better side and the true depth of this character in A Storm of Swords Part One, and I can’t wait to see more. And I want him and Brienne to fall in love at some point... (Does anyone else agree?) Finally, I want to discuss one more person – Daenerys. I haven’t exactly been shy in the past about how I think she’s a whiny, moaning bitch. This still stands, and I’m gonna add cruel bitch to the list too because I think she’s a meanie moo to Jorah, but... I actually really enjoyed reading her chapters in this book, woooo! Of everything that has been included in her chapters, the Unsullied have been the best. I love how she handled the whole affair, and I can’t wait to see how things unfold with them in the future. I’ve seen people comment on how this book drags, or is uninteresting in comparison to the first two. People need to remember that this began as a hell of a long book and it’s been chopped in half for the ease of some readers. Treated as a lone book it could be pretty disappointing, but as the first half of a larger book, it’s a great run up to bigger and better things. Predictability is currently standing at zero, and I’m expecting lots of drama in the next book, and have been foretold by my brother that the next one is amazing...

  20. 4 out of 5

    Janani(ஜனனி)⁷

    Thanks to my friends. I need to appreciate their works for trying to spoil me. They watched the series and I'm planning to watch it after reading the books. So you know now, how they threatened to fire the spoilers at me. Sometimes I would be so shocked that I need to know what will happen next immediately as the characters have alternate POVs we won't know until their next. In that case, I will ask them, they will explain so nicely and when I tried to relieve my breath in sigh they would drop t Thanks to my friends. I need to appreciate their works for trying to spoil me. They watched the series and I'm planning to watch it after reading the books. So you know now, how they threatened to fire the spoilers at me. Sometimes I would be so shocked that I need to know what will happen next immediately as the characters have alternate POVs we won't know until their next. In that case, I will ask them, they will explain so nicely and when I tried to relieve my breath in sigh they would drop the spoiler too. And then I was like "Screw me for asking". So after a lot of battling with them, I finished it finally. -- One part down. One more to go. -- I like the book sure, but I just couldn’t understand the hype about it. -- The plot was not enough fast-paced when compared to the first two books. -- As always, the writing was appealing. -- For God’s sake, I’m having A LOT OF trouble with remembering their names. -- The world is quite complex. -- I definitely had some moments with this book.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Gaelle ✨ (asparklingchapter)

    “Why ask for truth when you close your ears to it? 4,5/5 stars. An awesome book, naturally. I did not give it 5 stars because there were only 3 chapters about my favorite character, Khaleesi (the book is 570 pages long lmao). 🐉 Still enjoyed all the other points of view (except for Bran and Catelyn -_-). And finally, the third tome differs from the TV show so it's much more interesting to read what's added (Hello Oberynn!) as well as the differences! (view spoiler)[However, I absolutely hated Ser “Why ask for truth when you close your ears to it? 4,5/5 stars. An awesome book, naturally. I did not give it 5 stars because there were only 3 chapters about my favorite character, Khaleesi (the book is 570 pages long lmao). 🐉 Still enjoyed all the other points of view (except for Bran and Catelyn -_-). And finally, the third tome differs from the TV show so it's much more interesting to read what's added (Hello Oberynn!) as well as the differences! (view spoiler)[However, I absolutely hated Ser Jorah kissing Daenerys, that was so GROSS.🤢 (hide spoiler)] Unexpectedly read this first part of the third book in three days, I flew threw it! It's much more interesting than A Clash of Kings to my mind. Loved it! 💕 “For Phyllis who made me put dragons in” Thank you Phyllis!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Nivedita

    THIS WAS EPICCCC! I cannot wait to read the next one.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Hissa

    The first book is still my favorite one:(

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. In which the waters are muddied even further as the Seven Kingdoms descend into chaos following the battles surrounding Kings Landing, all the while blissfully unheeding of the threats approaching from beyond the Wall and beyond the sea... As people sworn to either side do horrific things to one another, to muddy things even further we are now given chapters from Jaime Lannister's point of view thus humanising him a little. Dammit, I want to be free to hate him like a cartoon villain! Adding to t In which the waters are muddied even further as the Seven Kingdoms descend into chaos following the battles surrounding Kings Landing, all the while blissfully unheeding of the threats approaching from beyond the Wall and beyond the sea... As people sworn to either side do horrific things to one another, to muddy things even further we are now given chapters from Jaime Lannister's point of view thus humanising him a little. Dammit, I want to be free to hate him like a cartoon villain! Adding to the moral confusion, I feel for, and start to fear for the Hound as his path crosses Arya's, and start to ponder the 'right' outcome with regard to Stannis and Melisandre. In other news, Sansa Stark continues to only see worth in pretty things as she's wed to Tyrion, who meets a new, possibly quite formidable player, I'm saddened as yet more Stark children are parted from their wolves, and Jon has to add another betrayal to his belt as he comes within spitting distance of Bran. Every time I've thought that I can see what is coming I've had the rug pulled out from under me so I have absolutely no clue as to where else the story could be going from here, but I'm extremely glad that I've already bought the next one ready for me to carry on finding out.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Darce

    **spoilers** Also I posted this same review on a different book (the 3rd one) whereas I meant to post it on book 3: part 1, sorry about that! Another fascinating and captivating book by GRRM with some the best characters ever written about! Realistic characters, a clever storyline and some amazing creatures come to life in this brilliant series. Storyline so that I remember when I start the next book: Jon Snow is becoming a spy for the night watch but slowly falling into the life of the wildings, B **spoilers** Also I posted this same review on a different book (the 3rd one) whereas I meant to post it on book 3: part 1, sorry about that! Another fascinating and captivating book by GRRM with some the best characters ever written about! Realistic characters, a clever storyline and some amazing creatures come to life in this brilliant series. Storyline so that I remember when I start the next book: Jon Snow is becoming a spy for the night watch but slowly falling into the life of the wildings, Bran is running to the three eyed raven to try and learn to fly, Arya is being captured and escaping and being captured again, Sansa is being sold to a variety of husbands, Robb is winning all his battles but loosing the war and Caitlin just wants her children back. On the other side of the war, Joffrey is helped by the trickery of Tyrion while Jaime is being swapped for the Stark daughters and the Lannister’s try to win back the throne. Dany is travelling seas and buying armies, Davos is determined to kill the Red Witch, and Brienne kneels to a new queen.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Let's not deny it. George R. R. Martin is a bloody good author. But he's super confusing! Why did he kill Renly with a shadow, but the shadow was born afterwards in a cave? Did Melisandre gave birth to two shadows? And who are the Dothrakis in Westeros? In the chapter about Arya, after Lord Beric was "slayn" by the Hound: "Two of the Dothraki managed to regain their horses and flee" (P. 564) I did not have a clue what this was about! But in my opinion the major mistake the author made was making Let's not deny it. George R. R. Martin is a bloody good author. But he's super confusing! Why did he kill Renly with a shadow, but the shadow was born afterwards in a cave? Did Melisandre gave birth to two shadows? And who are the Dothrakis in Westeros? In the chapter about Arya, after Lord Beric was "slayn" by the Hound: "Two of the Dothraki managed to regain their horses and flee" (P. 564) I did not have a clue what this was about! But in my opinion the major mistake the author made was making Robb to one of the main characters, but not giving him his own chapters. Everybody was talking about the king in the north, the young wolf, but he did not have his own chapters. We have no idea about his point of view. Such a waist! The King in the North deserved his own chapters!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jess☺️

    A Storm Of Sword's 1 :Steel And Snow by George R.R. Martin is book 3 part 1 in the Bloody, fun and exciting series of Game Of Thrones. It definitely lives up to the first two books and continues to entertain and entrap us, with character's you just love to hate and scenes so detailed it pulls you along for a great ride 👍 Definitely a series worth reading 📖 A Storm Of Sword's 1 :Steel And Snow by George R.R. Martin is book 3 part 1 in the Bloody, fun and exciting series of Game Of Thrones. It definitely lives up to the first two books and continues to entertain and entrap us, with character's you just love to hate and scenes so detailed it pulls you along for a great ride 👍 Definitely a series worth reading 📖

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sundus

    The world grows a little darker every day

  29. 4 out of 5

    Baba

    Book 3 of the 'Game of Thrones' series. As Winter continues to approach we catch up with the ongoing saga of many Kings, Queens and the Houses of Lannister, Stark, Baratheon, Arryn, Frey, Martell, Tully, Florent etc. and the the Wildings, Night's Watch and introducing the Outlaws in this wonderfully absorbing saga. 9 out of 12 Book 3 of the 'Game of Thrones' series. As Winter continues to approach we catch up with the ongoing saga of many Kings, Queens and the Houses of Lannister, Stark, Baratheon, Arryn, Frey, Martell, Tully, Florent etc. and the the Wildings, Night's Watch and introducing the Outlaws in this wonderfully absorbing saga. 9 out of 12

  30. 5 out of 5

    Adam Woodward

    NOTE: When reviewing these books, I will not allow my love of the show to influence the score; if the show is ever mentioned, it will not be for the purpose of comparison. Due to 'A Storm of Swords' colossal size, the book is split into two parts in the UK: 'Steel and Snow', and 'Blood and Gold'. Because of this, I decided it was unfair to review this book as a complete experience and will instead review it in the same way I might answer the question "So how is it so far?", as I'm technically on NOTE: When reviewing these books, I will not allow my love of the show to influence the score; if the show is ever mentioned, it will not be for the purpose of comparison. Due to 'A Storm of Swords' colossal size, the book is split into two parts in the UK: 'Steel and Snow', and 'Blood and Gold'. Because of this, I decided it was unfair to review this book as a complete experience and will instead review it in the same way I might answer the question "So how is it so far?", as I'm technically only halfway through the entire thing. So, how is it so far? Short answer: it's good. Really good, in fact. In terms of the overarching narrative, not a great deal of shocking things happen in part one - which isn't entirely surprising. Forgetting the fact that I know what happens in part two (and it's my favourite season of the show so I'm very excited to see how the book portrays these events), I could appreciate how Martin was assembling the individual cogs of the machine, getting characters to where they needed to be ready for the explosive moments of part two. The new viewpoints are fascinating - especially Jaime's (who knew that a murdering, traitorous, sister-f****r could become such a likeable character) - and Lady Olenna really is my favourite grandmother in any novel ever, she's fantastic. Of course, as with any ASOIAF novel, there are some viewpoints that aren't as exciting as the others, particularly Davos, but the others are so good that it's worth ploughing through the ones you don't like just to revel in the brilliance that are Tyrion's chapters, or Jaime's. Overall, I really, really liked 'A Storm of Swords - Part One: Steel and Snow': it still has the same issues as the previous instalments with its sometimes excessive descriptions and some underwhelming viewpoints, but by taking the time to slowly establish the chess pieces ready to knock them all down in part two, 'Steel and Snow' has really made 'A Storm of Swords' look like it could be the strongest section of the series to date.

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