Author: George R. R. Martin

A Storm of Swords, Part One: Steel and Snow

Book Blurb:

Winter approaches Westeros like an angry beast.

The Seven Kingdoms are divided by revolt and blood feud. Beyond the Wall, a horde of hungry, savage people steeped in the dark magic of the wilderness is poised to invade the Kingdom of the North. Throughout Westeros, the war for the Iron Throne rages more fiercely than ever, but if the Wall is breached, no king—or queen—will live to claim it.

A Storm of Swords, Part One: Steel and Snow, the first half of Book Three of A Song of Ice and Fire, continues the greatest fantasy epic of the modern age


This is the third book in the song of Ice and Fire Series, the first book was the Game of Thrones (click here for the book review) and the second was the clash of kings (click here for the book review)

If you want to know how to develop a weak character, this is the series to go through. Absolutely amazing character development. Especially that of Sansa, who would have thought that the silly girl that we met in the Game of thrones, who just wanted to get married and be happy, would evolve like this?

Also, Queen of Thorns…how rad is she? I do not know why, but she remindes me of Maggie Smith. She is my new favourite (or should I say one of my favourite) characters. I just love her practical, sassy, sarcastic attitude towards life.

This book is essentially the build up that leads up to the next book. Rob stark is winning all the battles on the battle field, but is loosing the war due to his honour. It is interesting, is not it? How one action could be deemed honourable as well as dishonourable? When Rob broke his word to the Freys to marry for love, it could be deemed as an honourable thing to do, as he could have taken the easy way out by marrying the Frey girl, but still seeing Jeyne. This would not have been fair to Jeyne but, he choose to the the hard thing, and go with his heart. This same action can also be seen from the Frey view point as being grossly unfair. It was his word that they were counting on and they gave him support for his war, but in the end, he backed out.

Also, I am quite eager to know who Jon Snow really is. I really do not think he is Ned Stark’s Son. Because if you study the characters of each of Ned’s Children, almost all their decisions and actions are bordering on the Ned’s “honour” in some way or other, but not Jon Snow. John’s decisions somehow do not portray Ned. The R + L = J  theory seems quite plausible at this point of time.

Danny’s storyline, although started out with a bang, is becoming a little too tedious. In this book, I just loved the Jamie and Brienne story development. I hope they have some sense and get together.

I have already completed reading the blood and gold book, will be posting the review of it soon.