A Song of Ice and Fire, Books 3 and 4

A Song of Ice and Fire continues in A Storm of Swords and A Feast for Crows. Both books are enormous in breadth. A Feast for Crows is actually only half of the book. The other half, A Dance with Dragons, was supposed to be released in 2005 but is currently still being written. George R. R. Martin assures his faithful readers that this next volume will be finished soon; but he’s been promising that for five years now.

A Storm of Swords contains so much shifting and changing that it is hard to quantify. Characters in Martin’s books are perennially switching sides, but in this book he fleshed out a lot of his villains – both humanizing and demonizing them. Certain ones, like Cercei Lanister and her father Tywin are shown to be truly evil. Others, like Jaime Lanister are revealed to be somewhat more sympathetic than they first appeared.

Overall, both were excellent reads, although A Feast for Crows was hard to read because it did not feature a few of my favorite characters.

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3 thoughts on “A Song of Ice and Fire, Books 3 and 4

  1. I agree. Arya’s story is completely boring now. She use to be one of the more interesting characters.

    One of the reasons I think George takes so long to complete the books is that he’s a free-writer. Here’s an article on Suvudu that talks about his free-writing tendencies: http://www.suvudu.com/2010/02/question-freewriters-vs-outliners.html.

    When you start a chapter, and re-write it like four or five different times, I could see how it would take five years to complete the next installment. Imagine if he does that for every chapter. I’ve read A Dance with Dragons is up to about 1,300 pages right now.

  2. He recently posted on his blog that he has surpassed A Storm of Swords making A Dance with Dragons the longest book in the series – which after five years, I certainly hope it is.

    I discovered Martin recently and devoured these four books; but now I find myself waiting for Dragons…for only-The-Seven-knows-how-long!

    I will say that one of the best parts of A Feast for Crows was the absence of Stannis – who I personally cannot stand.

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