mordicai caeli (mordicai) wrote,
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Hear Me Roar. (45)

A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin.

The nine black horses
come before the white camel.
(Behind the white fawn.)

The third book in George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice & Fire series is commonly held to be the best of them so far, from what I can tell. I can see why people might say that; it is a seductive yarn, it draws you in & won't let do. It is Ariadne, handing you a ball of thread in the promise that eventually you'll find your way out of the labyrinth. I still might say A Game of Thrones is better just for taking you by surprise, but it would be a close thing, either way. I've been reading this massive tome just as voraciously as I did the first book, just tearing away it with my teeth any chance I got. About a quarter of the way through I realized I was...rooting for the Lannisters? Talk about a testament to GRRM's writing; he manages to make you revile a character, then cheer for them, then back again. The book has winners & losers...& often, they are the same person. There are characters you can't help but want to hate...who go & do the right thing in the eleventh hour, unexpectedly. & when I talk about characters doing the right thing unexpectedly, I don't mean "unexpectedly" the way that you know that scoundrel with a heart of gold or the blackguard with a penchant for doing the right thing in secret will do the right thing. I mean "oh, I actually didn't consider that this outcome was even plausible, but here we are & damn if it doesn't make sense." Heck, even when you are sure the "bad guys" will win, you're not sure. & twists! Some I felt like I should have seen coming, others came out of the blue, but none of them are clumsy or out of character. Heck, maybe the "bad guys" will be a viewpoint character in the next book, maybe Gregor Clegane will start narrating. Damned if I know. I think that some of my favorite bits are "Across the Sea," as they were with A Clash of Kings. The hints & pieces of lost kingdoms are very vivid-- the bronze harpy of Ghiscari perched atop of pyramid? Wow, that is a startlingly evocative image. There is a lot here-- In Westeros, beyond the Sea & above the Wall. I have to grit my teeth to take a break, but it won't be long before I jump into the next one, I can tell.

Tags: books, george rr martin, haiku, song of ice & fire

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