Guest Author - Laura Lehman
A Storm of Swords (2000)
In the third book, the struggle for the control of Westereos still continues. Joffrey's rule over the Seven Kingdoms is strong, gaining the support of the Tyrells of Highgarden and the Martells of Dorne. After a large defeat, Stannis has retreated, but remains hopeful under the thrall of Melisandre. Support for Robb Stark's position is weakening, especially when Lady Catelyn sends Jaime back to the Lannisters, expecting her two daughters, Sansa and Arya, in exchange. Robb marries, foregoing a promise to marry a relation of Lord Frey, thus costing him the support of the powerful house.
Beyond the Wall, Jon Snow has infiltrated the Wildling army and convinced them that he is one of them. As for the rest of the Stark children, Arya continues to wander Westereos, taking on different identities to survive. Sansa is released from her betrothal to Joffrey, but then becomes a pawn. Bran and Rickon travel in secret, believed to be dead, while Bran discovers the extent of his new found, mystical powers. Across the sea, Daenerys gathers up forces to return to Westereos.
A Storm of Swords continues the wonderful storytelling of the two previous novels. A major plus for this novel is that it significantly furthers the storyline concerning the Night's Watch and the Others. We also see more of Daenerys' efforts to raise forces to storm the Seven Kingdoms. While my only problem with the other books in A song of Ice and Fire is the slow pacing, but A Storm of Swords seems to move more quickly.
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