'll not say all too much about the story (or rather stories, as again each chapter focuses on a different main character). But I could mention that, at the end of "Swords", almost half of the main contenders for the Iron Throne are dead. That ought to give you some idea.
Also, Jaime Lannister has become a major character, and the way in which he is portrayed may surprise you. And more scenes take place at and North of The Wall, which means more of Jon Snow and - hurrah! - the charmingly cowardly Samwell Tarly (better known as Ser Piggy).
All in all, "Swords" is at least as good as the earlier two volumes, and as a result, "A Song of Fire and Ice" has become the very best fantasy series now in progress. I would recommend it very highly to just about everyone (that is, everyone who doesn't mind explicit violence and brief but sometimes coarse renditions of sex).
Aria Stark. She is strong willed and smart
Others criticize Martin's lack of magic in the series. One reviewer commented that magic hardly appears overtly at all in this series. I say "overtly" because there are many instances where a magical event occurs and the reader is informed of it secondhand. I was fully content with Martin's magicless world for the first few hundred pages of the series, and then I heard the first mention of the Lord of Light. I was ready to curse Martin for ruining such a realistic, well-thought-out realm by including magic. As it turns out, however, magic is there in the background and adds to the story, while not overpowering everything like it does in The Wheel of Time. The lack of magic keeps the reader interested when something magical occurs, while the opposite occurs in The Wheel of Time: I found myself skipping Mat's chapters. It was almost as if he was unimportant because he could not wield the Power like most of the other characters in that book.
Every prediction I made after Clash of Kings was WRONG. I was actually SURPRISED. And not always pleasantly, as Martin deals harshly with characters that you love. But I was always on the edge of my seat. I have to read the book over again, because the first time my heart was in my throat and it was sometimes too heart-rending to concentrate on details.
Simply put, "A Song of Ice and Fire" is the best fantasy series I've ever read. When I purchased the first book, I was leery of more Jordan-clone books. However, this series couldn't be more different than Jordan's work and still remain in the realm of fantasy.
I've read the series one book after another and now I'm into the fourth book. In this book the author once more picks up right where he left off without missing a beat. We learn more of how the 'Game of Thrones' is played. We learn that people who think they're good at the game end up getting bested. We also see those who should be out of the game come back in and score a winning victory even though it took the losers a while to see it for what it was. During the time I was reading this book I watched the HBO TV series season one. They did a hatchet job combining the first two books into one season. They've even managed to bring part of the third book into it. I'm not going to continue to watch the series and I will finish the books. The books are better by far and their long I know, yet it's worth it.
The third book in the series and I'm still engaged and thoroughly enjoying the book! Ever changing story lines about the lives of these characters.
You feel part of the story as you become engaged with the characters.
This voice is easy to listen to and the inflections are a plus.
I would probably not go through the 45 hours again...as it is a bit long, but I've very much enjoyed the book. Roy Dotrice is truly able to bring A Song of Ice and Fire to life and I enjoy every minute of this book.
Daenerys Targaryen - Because she's AWESOME!
This was the first, and i really enjoyed this. Already purchased the next book in the series and made sure it was Roy Dotrice's narroration...
Laugh a bit (especially Jamie Lanistar's sarcasm), and a few dramatic parts (don't want to spoil for anyone)
Say something about yourself!
My favorite of the all the current books up to 5, we get to see all the major characters move and shake, the politics ramp up, and we have allot of major parts moving(which becomes the later books issues). This is the book that completely hooks you.
Triyon, He is funny & has a good head on his shoulders
He is good with this series
He did a great job with the voices of different characters.
This is just an excellent series of books! I am definitely enjoying them!
I really enjoyed this book. Dotrice does an excellent job reading, and makes the story come alive. Good voice too.
Just when you think you know your way the road changes like a sudden storm.
With so many stories within the story the ability to recognise voices really helps you keep them straight easier.
constantly surprised and engrossed with how the story entwines so many charactors
A full array of voices and personalities
I laughed and cried with and for the characters