Hugo pre-read: A Storm of Swords

I’m still working my way through the Song of Ice and Fire books so that I can read the one that got nominated for a Hugo.

A Storm of Swords – George R. R. Martin (review)

I knew these books would slow down a bit eventually and this is the one that feels like I got a bit lost and overwhelmed. It’s the longest so far in this series (973 pages!) and it felt like it. That is not to say nothing happens: it’s packed with changes and events, Martin makes a good attempt at killing half the cast and the reveal in the epilogue is terrific. However, the sense of brooding darkness is so strong at times that it’s a difficult read and the length and periods of slow pacing only work to enhance that.

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