Those of you who have been following the blog for a while may know that I have been slowly working my way through the George R. R. Martin Series A Song of Ice and Fire. Well, last year about this time I finished the first book, A Game of Thrones, and earlier this year I finished the second book, A Clash of Kings. I had found those books slow going – mainly because I had to be in the right mood to even want to read them, let along finding the time. That was not at all the case with the third book in the series, A Storm of Swords.
Unlike the previous two books where I was draggin my feet, with this book I found I wanted to read it constantly, but had a problem finding the time! What with sewing so many skating costumes for other people, I barely had time to finish things for myself, let along get around to reading a book for fun. Even so I managed to read the first half of the book at a fairly steady clip until about mid-May, and then didn’t get back to it until near the end of August. When I literally could not put it down. Seriously.
I said in my previous reviews that it felt like the series was building to something, and oh boy did we get there. Total pay-dirt. I mean, there are still big huge things that need to happen (clearly, since the series isn’t completed yet), but so many of the little open-ended things have finally been put to rest. Kinda of. In a way. And by “put to rest” I mean opened a whole new can-o-worms that will be dealt with in next few books (I hope). So much stuff I don’t even know if my brain can handle it all. I mean, seriously, you guys, it is good. Really really good.
So, I am officially a fan now. I mean, I liked these books before, and I have always appreciated the craftsmanship with which they were written, but now I am officially joining the fandom. Not the crazy hard-core I will tattoo “Winter is Coming” on my back fandom, but, you know, the generally George R. R. Martin obsessed readership fandom. I would write more, but I really don’t want to spoil any of this book (because, ah, so much so good!) so I suppose my overall assessment of this book is: Read them. Go. Do it now.
In the meantime I will be starting on book four…