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Martin and his Song of Ice and Fire are so awesome that one runs out of superlatives to use. A Storm of Swords, #3 in the series, starts off deceptively slow and then accelerates to leave the reader clinging on for dear life. The writing is taut and the progression gripping.There are so many things to praise - where does one start? First of all, the size of Martin's canvas (geographic and emotional) is gigantic. Yet, despite the degrees of complexity, Martin has such a sure grip on the story that he never ever lands up in an inconsistency. Given the sheer size of the project and the number of side-plots, this is a terrific achievement. Apart from the 7 kingdoms of Westeros, we have the old Valyrian region, Braavos & Pentos, the Dothraki Sea and scores of different cultures, religions and beliefs. Martin brings each of them to life, describing key aspects that define them, to a depth that demonstrates how much thought and planning has gone into the saga.
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