A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin

Published: 2000

Genre: fantasy

Length: 973 pages

Setting: Westeros, immediately following the events in A Clash of Kings.

Interest: It’s the third book in the Song of Ice and Fire series that I am rereading (and watching).

Summary: The four different kings are fighting to see who will control Westeros. By the end, three of them have died, but Stannis (the only original one left) still doesn’t have rule. Above the Wall, Mance Ryder is moving his Wildlings south to get away from the White Walkers. Across the sea, Daenerys takes the few people left in her khalasar and her dragons, and turns them into a massive army, freeing slaves in the eastern cities. You can see more details in the summary from the first time I read the book.

Final thoughts: I found I paid attention to different characters this second time through the book. I still love Davos and Arya, but I found Sansa’s life a more compelling part of the story this time around. I had completely forgotten she was married to Tyrion, who tried to be good to her, but his overture were ruined by Joffrey’s abuse of Sansa. Sansa and Arya are in such peril. There parents have been killed, and considered a traitor, and who is left to take care of them? Arya’s stuck with the Hound, who keeps her safe, but that’s a temporary situation. Sansa’s stuck with creepy Petyr Baelish. I’m continually struck by how young the kids are in the book (Bran’s only eight, and even Sansa’s only 13). This series definitely benefits from a reread, since there are so many details to keep straight.

Title comes from: All the fighting that is going on in and around Westeros

Awards won: Locus Award in 2001

Reading challenges fulfilled: 42/100 in my Finally to 100 Challenge, and 8/12 in my Award Winning Challenge

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