Some people hurt others just because they can.”Excerpt from:
A Storm Of Swords
by George R. R. Martin
Synopsis from A World Of Ice and Fore Site
A Storm of Swords picks up the story where A Clash of Kings ends. The Seven Kingdoms are in the grip of the War of the Five Kings, with Robb Stark, Balon Greyjoy, Renly Baratheon, Joffrey Baratheon, and Stannis Baratheon fighting to secure their crowns, although Renly has already died. Stannis’s attempt to take King’s Landing has been defeated by the new alliance between House Lannister (backing Joffrey) and House Tyrell, whilst House Martell has also pledged its support to the Lannisters. Meanwhile, a large host of wildlings is marching on the Wall under Mance Rayder, with only the tiny force of the Night’s Watch in its path, and in the distant east Daenerys Targaryen is on her way back to Pentos in the hope of raising forces to retake the Iron Throne.
I recently completed the third novel in the Game of Thrones series. According to the A World of Ice and Fire website, the third novel was the longest in the book series. That’s why they chose to divide the story into two parts, so I just finished the third novel and couldn’t move on to the fourth series.
George R. R. Martin is really amazing. I have no idea how he wrote this novel, but it was excellent. He deserves a round of applause. Given that he wasn’t just dealing with one character, but twelve, he is so wonderful that he could still keep the characters and the flow of the plot even if a lot of twists and turns occurred to his novel and how lengthy his novels were! Can you really believe that?
The TV series’ third and fourth seasons both include episodes about A Storm of Swords. And as I’ve already mentioned, even though I am already aware with the plot because I saw the television adaptation before reading the book, reading this still gave me mixed feelings of apprehension and excitement. I was forced to think back on each scenario’s traumatic incidents. Even though I noticed many differences between this book and the series, I still want to acknowledge the battle scenes where the TV show excelled because I found it really challenging to read and understand the battles. However, the good thing was that while reading, I could still picture the battles I watched in the TV series version, and because of that, I was able to enjoy this book more than I would have otherwise. I could plainly grasp what was going on thanks to it.
Actually, my friends advised me to quit reading the novel because I had already finished watching the series. They said I was too much of a fan and couldn’t understand why I loved reading his novels. Simply because of the good characterizations, how intelligent Martin is when it comes to writing each scene, and how he made it unpredictable while clearly writing all the scenarios for his readers to clearly understand the storyline.
Despite the fact that there are many variations between the novel and the TV series, I preferred the novel. A number of things happened in the story that astonished me. It was an incredible reading experience. If only those sequences were incorporated to the series, I believed it would be really fascinating. I was absolutely engrossed, and each page I read captivated me. Even though I am busy every day, I make an effort to read this novel. Martin’s literary style has done a lot of justice to violence, loss, and deceit. It was quite intriguing, with terrible events and shattered dreams. It was really hefty. I closed my eyes and found myself unprepared for the heartbreaks of each scenario.
I highly recommend this novel to all the readers out there. You have to experience this for yourself. ☺️