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It made me root for the death of a child and then despise myself , love a hated character, cry angry tears, and bite my nails because of all the suspense. Instead, I put it aside and stared at the wall for a few minutes in grief and disbelief. Ah, you guys Look at you, all innocent, before this book rips into you A Storm of Swords is, in my opinion, an undisputed high point of the series so far.
It expanded the story in delightful, wonderful ways. It gave it a truly epic feel. It delivered the cruel punch in the gut with the view spoiler [Red Wedding hide spoiler ] excuse me as I go and cry myself to sleep and reinforced the axiom that nobody is safe in the world GRRM created. But it was necessary, even if just to remind how cruel and brutal this world is, and how little choices can have huge consequences. I loved this book because of the amount of promise it brought to the series.
It brought our characters to the brink of greatness, put them in the positions that were surely going to change the course of this entire story. Examples: Jon and Dany. It was amazing to see how these two very young characters grew and developed due to all the battles, losses, and betrayals that they suffered. Both of them at the end of this story carry such potential for the future of this series. Does it make you feel any sympathy for the Starks now?
I thought so. The character complexity parallels the story complexity - both are done masterfully. The characters feel alive and real. The previously unseen connections between characters and events are mind-blowing.
And seeing the select few skillfully manipulating so many others is unsettling. Tyrion, on the other hand What he did to Shae reminded me that darkness can live inside everyone, even our favorite Imp. Not cool. I gush about it, but this book is far from perfect. Just like its sequels and predecessors it suffers from overload of descriptions and repetitions, gratuitous bodily functions and banquets.
Some storylines already begin to drag Arya, for instance. But most of the faults were easily overshadowed by the great characterization, masterful story, and wonderfully built suspense. This is what I felt was unfortunately missing from the books that followed, and what I hope they return to eventually.
George R. R. Martin
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