A Storm of Swords
continues the groundbreaking series that began with A Game of Thrones
and A Clash of Kings
. It's a massive tome that weighs in at almost 1,000 pages and continues Martin's tradition of shaking up the characters and the world with momentous and surprising events.
Rob, King in the North, continues his fight against the Lannisters -- winning great victories on the battlefield, but conscious of his two sisters held as hostages. Sansa languishes in King's Landing in need of rescue, desperately trying to negotiate her way among the hostile Lannister nobility, while Arya continues her journey home incognito. Many of the southern lords come into play, and we learn much more about the politics of the south in this volume. Meanwhile, Jon on the Wall faces tough questions, and continues to mature as a warrior and a leader.