2019, blog, REVIEW

Review: A Storm of Swords 1: Steel and Snow

Author: George R.R Martin
Date Started: 17/03/2019
Date Finished: 22/04/2019
Pages: 623
Genre: Fantasy
Star Rating:✪✪✪.5

Synopsis (Book 1)


Long ago, in a time forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons out of balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. The cold is returning, and in the frozen wastes to the north of Winterfell, sinister and supernatural forces are massing beyond the kingdom’s protective Wall. At the centre of the conflict lie the Starks of Winterfell, a family as harsh and unyielding as the land they were born to. Sweeping from a land of brutal cold to a distant summertime kingdom of epicurean plenty, here is a tale of lords and ladies, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and bastards, who come together in a time of grim omens.

Here an enigmatic band of warriors bear swords of no human metal; a tribe of fierce wildlings carry men off into madness; a cruel young dragon prince barters his sister to win back his throne, and a determined woman undertakes the most treacherous of journeys. Amid plots and counterplots, tragedy and betrayal, victory and terror, the fate of the Starks, their allies, and their enemies hang perilously in the balance, as each endeavour to win that deadliest of conflicts: the game of thrones.

My thoughts:

I am slowly getting into this series, I am pushing myself through the books and I always find after the first 3rd I am truly into it and find it difficult to put down. The only downside is that the first 3rd to the first half can be a real slog to get through. George RR Martin is very descriptive with his writing, which I don’t think is a bad thing, but when the action isn’t really going anywhere it can very difficult to get through. After getting past the 40% mark in the book; I was really enjoying myself and felt invested in the story. The same thing happened with the 1st and 2nd book. It takes me well more than 1 month to get through these hugeeee books but they 100% worth it.

The characters:

I believe the characters are developing a lot and I am quickly finding characters I love reading about, a couple of these are:

  • Brienne
  • Jaimie
  • Arya
  • Jon
  • Daenerys

I am still not getting on with the Catelyn or the Bran chapters of the storyline and find myself complaining as I get to them. Samwell and Davos viewpoints also gets brought into this book, which is interesting as we get to see the plotlines develop from another two different characters views. I am really really rooting for Jaime and Brienne and I am excited to see how these two grow in the upcoming books.

Final thoughts:

I am 100% carrying on with these books. I haven’t seen all the TV series I have seen bits as my husband has watched them but I am hoping to ask him questions throughout to see how they are differing from each other.

I would recommend this series to people who love EPIC fantasies and who loves reading a complex world from multiple peoples POV’s


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