This is a review of “A Storm of Swords: 1 Steel and Snow” by George R. R. Martin. It is part one of the third novel in A Song of Fire and Ice.
The story picks up at the close of “A Clash of Kings“.
Please don’t read this review if you have not read “A Game of Thrones” but intend to read it, or watch the HBO series Game of Thrones without it being spoiled for you. This goes for “A Clash of Kings” also. SPOILERS AHEAD!
I loved a lot about this first Part of Book 3. One thing I really liked was getting to read from the perspective of Jaime Lannister. Jaime has been freed by Catelyn Stark and is under the care of Brienne of Tarth, a female knight (previously pledged to Renly Baratheon but now to Catelyn Stark) and his own cousin Ser Cleos. They are headed for Kings Landing, Jaime is to be exchanged for Arya and Sansa, Catelyn Stark’s daughters.
Catelyn Stark finds herself placed under a kind of house arrest for her part in Jaime’s escape. She anxiously awaits her judgement from her son Robb, King in the North. But Robb has done something reckless too…
Arya Stark is on the run, having escaped from the Bloody Mummers (and Roose Bolton) at Harrenhal. She is accompanied by Hot Pie and Gendry, but she is becoming convinced that maybe they are more of a hindrance than anything…
Tyrion Lannister is fresh out of his sickbed after being injured during the battle with Stannis Baratheon. He finds that his father Lord Tywin remains at King’s Landing and has taken over all duties as Hand of the King. Not only has he taken Tyrion’s position but he has threatened to hang any whore he finds cavorting with Tyrion.
Ser Davos Seaworth, King Stannis’ loyal onion knight did not die in the battle at King’s Landing. He survived drowning and lies weak awaiting death. But he is rescued, and taken back to King Stannis, who is under the sway of Melisandre more than ever. Can Davos reach Stannis?
Sansa Stark is still at King’s Landing, very much alone in the den of (Lannister) lions. She has been put aside as Joffrey’s betrothed for Margaery Tyrell, sister to Ser Loras Tyrell and recent widow to Renly Baratheon. Sansa is giddy with delight after having escaped the horrid fate of being wed to Joffrey. But Margaery has invited Sansa to dine with her. Sansa is suspicious, but can hardly refuse…
Jon Snow, following the last orders given to him by his fellow brother of the Night’s Watch Qhorin Halfhand has yielded to the wildlings and has infiltrated the Wildling camp. He is taken to meet The King Beyond the Wall, Mance Rayder. Can he successfully convince them that he is no longer a brother of the Night’s Watch?
Daenerys Targaryen has her ships.
She has her dragons and she is headed back to her friend Illyrio in Pentos. But Ser Jorah Mormont reminds her that if she is to head for Westeros, she will be at a better advantage if she masses her own army. So Dany listens and changes course. For Slaver’s Bay…
Bran Stark is separated from his brother Rickon. This way, if they are taken, they will not be taken together. Bran is with Meera and Jojen, children of Lord Stark’s bannerman, Lord Howland Reed and Hodor, the gentle (but gigantic) simpleton of Winterfell. He is headed for safety and is in search for answers about his warg dreams.
Samwell Tarly is another new perspective in A Song of Ice and Fire. He lets us know what is happening with the Night’s Watch while Jon is with the Wildlings.
I really enjoyed “A Storm of Swords: 1 Steel and Snow”. I loved the new character perspectives, and I loved hearing more about characters who
appeared in books one and two as more sideline characters. This book was more fast paced and action packed than book two, and I read it rather quickly. A great read!