#10, 11, 12: A Storm of Swords, A Feast for Crows, A Dance with Dragons (George R. R. Martin)

I had read A Storm of Swords before. Didn’t make it any easier.

It’s much harder to talk about A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons. By Martin’s own admission, they are two halves of the same book. Unable to split it in half satisfactorily by page count, he instead split it by viewpoints, both books taking place more-or-less in the same time period. This is mostly successful. Dragons finally laps Crows and moves the entire story forward. The first viewpoint chapter from a Crows character is a great relief. However, since it only gets to that point in the last third of the book, there’s a lingering sense that things haven’t moved very far, and not much is done to resolve Crows’ cliffhangers.

Don’t get me wrong: this is still the Song of Ice and Fire. I enjoyed it a lot. Even though it took me four months to read all five books, and I wasn’t planning on taking the time just then, I’m glad to have read them. Now it’s just the long wait for the next one…

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