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.