A Storm of Swords is the 3rd book in A Song of Ice and Fire by George RR Martin and to be honest I forgot where it started because it took me a while to read this book and already having seen the TV Show it’s hard to really write this review so I am going to talk about the book and the differences that seem to be appearing in the show to the book.
After writing the introduction I am pretty sure the book started with Jaime and Brienne on their trip back to King’s Landing but I have to be honest I could be wrong. This review is actually really difficult for me to write because this was the first book in the series that I felt comfortable reading. While the others so far were good reads and enjoyable this one just flowed for me. Whether this is because I am getting more used to reading I am not sure but the length of the book didn’t seem to harm my experience. It could also be that there is a subtle difference now between the book and the show.
As I was reading the book I thought that I would watch an episode of series 3 of the show. Only to find even though I had read say 40% of the books before I watched the first episode I started to realise that in some cases the show had things in a slightly different order to what I had read them in the book so I quickly knocked that idea on the head and read the book then binged watched the season again. The truth is I can see how the books are different from the book while at its core is the same as the show, this book definitely sets up for different avenues to explore. One of these is the fact that Robb’s Wife is not at the Red Wedding with him (A know this is a spoiler but at this point, I feel most would of read the book or seen the show). This has left me wondering if she will have an impact on the story or not.
This book I felt like it matches with Season 3 of the show however it does feel like the show just closed down certain aspects of the book to stop the universe spreading out too far making the plot maybe a little too complicated for the TV Screen however could work in a book written the way George RR Martin writes. If you have seen the show but haven’t read the books I would highly recommend you read the books because this one left you on a different cliffhanger to what is in the show along with the one that the show left you on in season 3. Be warned however food is mentioned quite a bit so don’t read this book on an empty stomach.
Overall I gave 4/5 to A Storm of Swords because while it took me longer than I would have liked to read it. It was an enjoyable read that didn’t feel difficult and left me with enough variation from the show that has me wanting to read more to find out about the things that the show missed out. I also look forward to seeing whether I can work out why the show left these parts out that could impact the story in not so small ways.
“I dreamt a wolf howling in the rain, but no one heard his grief,” the dwarf woman was saying. “I dreamt such a clangor I thought my head might burst, drums and horns and pipes and screams, but the saddest sound was the little bells. I dreamt of a maid at a feast with purple serpents in her hair, venom dripping from their fangs. And later I dreamt that maid again, slaying a savage giant in a castle built of snow.”
Martin, George R. R.. A Storm of Swords (A Song Of Ice And Fire Book 3) (p. 593). HarperCollins Publishers. Kindle Edition.