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Gorge R.R Martin at his best.
Ok, this was the only time in my life I have ever shunned a book, but for about three days all I could do was pick up the book, shake my head and put it back down, such was my astonishment at some of the events in A Storm of Swords 2: Blood and Gold. I said in another review A Song of Ice and Fire is not for the faint of heart, this one will test you no matter what.
Martin has with me at least been able to cultivate an air "oh god, what's going to happen next". I read a fair bit of fantasy and I like think I'm a good judge of what's coming, but not with this guy, I have no idea how it's going to end and I love it.
Again, it's well crafted, well written and exceptionally well detailed. At the top of his game with this one.
I love a good Epic Fantasy novel and this book begins one of the great fantasy series of our time.
I think George RR Martin is a great writer. So much that after getting up to date with A Song of Fire and Ice I went to start a new fantasy series I hadn't read before, and a good series too at least from what I read online but I got around 12 pages in and stopped because it just wasn't as good as a Game of Thrones.
From interviews and such I have seen from George R.R Martin his staple is "grey characters" and they come by the wagonload in this series. He's got a great array of view point characters, struggling through or revelling in a world full of double dealing, manipulation, backstabbing and war. He sets a strong tone very early on in the book and never once looks back throughout. But it's also very involving book, there are characters in this series I avidly hate and hope very much they get what they deserve and I can't wait to find out. I would also say this isn't a series for the soft hearted, this is not an average Fantasy novel where the Hero will save you, not by a long shot.
The is the 14th Dresden Files book from Jim butcher and just as a starting point I would like to recommend all of them. I've been reading them for a couple of years now after stumbling across the series while trudging through amazon and even though it took me a while to buy the first one (I judged the book by its cover for a while), since storm front I have read the series back to back and I even have the Audiobooks which are read brilliantly by James Masters (Spike from Buffy and I think Brainiac in Smallville).
What I like about The Dresden files is that there's not a lot of waiting around. Page one, your Straight into the story and from there on in you're moving at a very fast pace until you hit that last page. The series in general is action packed from start to finish, it's written in a first person narrative and has a wealth of enjoyable characters. I think the best praise I can give the books is that they are consistently well written and having not long read Cold Days it's not much of a leap to say they are getting even better. So if you were go out and buy Storm Front (the first Book) and you enjoy it, then there are 13 books more you are going to enjoy just as much, with maybe another 6 more coming from what I've read online.