A Storm of Swords: Blood and Gold (A Song of Ice and Fire #3, Part 2) - George R.R. Martin I can definitely see how this is one book split into two, because the drama that was missing from part one is made up for by the amazing amount of twists and turns and more importantly action that was missing from the first installment. Definitely read the two books back to back! There were twists in the story that I just wasn't expecting, which made the end of every chapter a sitting on the edge of your seat, unable to stop reading affair.