A Song of Ice and Fire (book III): A Storm of Swords - George R. R. Martin

If one character in this third installment of Ice and Fire (I II) ended this book happy then I missed it. Death, destruction, betrayal on epic scales were the themes within as the seven kingdoms (plus the lands beyond) continue to descend into chaos as a dark force is rumored to gain strength (note: that dark force may well be the power which claims to oppose the forces of darkness). I raced through the 1200 pages of small print and jumped to the next book. storm_swords