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A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire #3)

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ISBN13: 9780553573428
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Game of Thrones: A new original series, now on HBO.

Here is the third volume in George R. R. Martin’s magnificent cycle of novels that includes A Game of Thrones and A Clash of Kings. As a whole, this series comprises a genuine masterpiece of modern fantasy, bringing together the best the genre has to offer. Magic, mystery, intrigue, romance, and adventure fill these pages and transport us to a world unlike any we have ever experienced. Already hailed as a classic, George R. R. Martin’s stunning series is destined to stand as one of the great achievements of imaginative fiction.

A Storm of Swords

Of the five contenders for power, one is dead, another in disfavor, and still the wars rage as violently as ever, as alliances are made and broken. Joffrey, of House Lannister, sits on the Iron Throne, the uneasy ruler of the land of the Seven Kingdoms. His most bitter rival, Lord Stannis, stands defeated and disgraced, the victim of the jealous sorceress who holds him in her evil thrall. But young Robb, of House Stark, still rules the North from the fortress of Riverrun. Robb plots against his despised Lannister enemies, even as they hold his sister hostage at King’s Landing, the seat of the Iron Throne. Meanwhile, making her way across a blood-drenched continent is the exiled queen, Daenerys, mistress of the only three dragons still left in the world....

But as opposing forces maneuver for the final titanic showdown, an army of barbaric wildlings arrives from the outermost line of civilization. In their vanguard is a horde of mythical Others — a supernatural army of the living dead whose animated corpses are unstoppable. As the future of the land hangs in the balance, no one will rest until the Seven Kingdoms have exploded in a veritable storm of swords....

Review:

"[O]ne of the more rewarding examples of gigantism in contemporary fantasy....[R]ichly imagined....The complexity of characters...will keep readers turning even the vast number of pages contained in this volume..." Publishers Weekly

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"The upside is impressive: a backdrop of real depth; elaborate yet immaculate plotting; believable characters; and controlled, resourceful magic." Kirkus Reviews

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"[R]eaders hardy enough to make their way through nearly a thousand pages of rich yet unrelenting prose will find their efforts well rewarded....Martin continues to take epic fantasy to new levels of insight and sophistication..." Faren Miller, Locus

Review:

"This medieval fantasy series stands as one of the best." Dallas Morning News

Synopsis:

The third volume of Martin's beloved fantasy saga that includes "A Game of Thrones" and "A Clash of Kings" continues the story of the battle for control over the Seven Kingdoms, as wars rage on and alliances are made and broken.

About the Author

George R.R. Martin sold his first story in 1971 and has been writing professionally since then. He spent ten years in Hollywood as a writer-producer, working on The Twilight Zone, Beauty and the Beast, and various feature films and television pilots that were never made. In the mid ‘90s he returned to prose, his first love, and began work on his epic fantasy series, A Song of Ice and Fire. He has been in the Seven Kingdoms ever since. Whenever hes allowed to leave, he returns to Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he lives with the lovely Parris, and two cats named Augustus and Caligula, who think they run the place.

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Coni, February 25, 2014 (view all comments by Coni)
It is not the book’s fault that it took me almost a year to read it. It is long but I did start reading it when I started watching the third season of Game of Thrones. I wanted to be surprised in the show so I stopped reading the book until it was over. Then I struggled since I knew overall what happened for half of it. I do enjoy the book as much as the show. It is different in a good way. I love knowing the back story more in the books. I feel like I know the motivations for some of the characters better.

Once I got past the Red Wedding part in the book, I debated stopping until I watched season 4 of Game of Thrones but then I had to know what happened next. The last part went very fast for me. So much happens. It is so good. I can’t wait to see it on screen.

I enjoyed this book overall compared to the first two. The first book set up many characters before moving on to the scandal and action. The second book seemed to recover from all the shocking ends to the first book and set up all the action for the last third of the book. It really dragged in the middle. This book did not drag at all. Things had been set up. We just had to watch it all play out. It was better than I expected. Many times, I yelled out, “No way!” when I read a certain part. This is what epic novels should be like.
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andy.elder, January 30, 2013 (view all comments by andy.elder)
This was by far the best book I read in 2012. The whole "A Song of Ice and Fire" series is incredible, and this is my favorite book. Full of action, plot twists, and the most shocking scene in a novel that I've ever read. (Those who have read this book know of what I speak).

I highly recommend this series, but be prepared to lose a year of your life to the fight for Westeros!
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Edward Hahn, October 27, 2011 (view all comments by Edward Hahn)
This may be the best of the first four books in the series. It certainly is the most exciting. Martin's technique of telling the story through the point of view of the characters takes some getting used to but I have grown to enjoy this approach to story-telling. I do sometimes get frustrated when Martin leaves the character hanging in a certain situation and I feel forced to look ahead to the next chapter that features that particular character to find out what happened. This is not a linear tale.

There is more fantasy and supernatural events in this volume than the two that preceded it. The medieval context is so well drawn that I sometimes have to remind myself that this is not historical fiction but rather historical fantasy. The appearance of the "Others", zombie-like animated corpses, impossible to stop, brought me up short and helped me realize what I was reading. Martin also uses words very close to their English equivalent, like "ser" for sir and "Sothorn" for Southern. This technique, I believe makes it easier to follow the story-line.

Martin's settings are also recognizable as their earth counterparts, the dessert, the swamps and bogs, the sea, etc. all have recognizable features. He also creates his people so they fit the climate they come from and also have their earth-like complements. Yet, always making them just different enough to help the reader know this is a fantasy.

The story itself, in this volume, continues the saga as the Lannister, Stark, Tully, and Tyrell families struggle with each other for dominion over the seven kingdoms. All of this is complicated by the danger from the Wildings, who inhabit the frozen wastes north of the Wall. Across the sea, the Princess Daenerys, the last of the Dragon line works to build a military force that will allow her to reestablish her family's rule over the Seven Kingdoms with the help of her three young dragons. All of this done in a way that draws the reader deeper and deeper into Martin's world.

I look forward with a lot of anticipation to reading volumes 4 and 5.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780553573428
Author:
Martin, George R. R.
Publisher:
Bantam
Author:
Martin R. R.
Location:
New York
Subject:
Fantastic fiction
Subject:
Fantasy - General
Subject:
Fantasy - Epic
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Fantasy
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Reissue ed.
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Series:
Song of Ice and Fire
Series Volume:
03
Publication Date:
March 2003
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
1216
Dimensions:
14 x 9 x 4.75 in 12.5 lb

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Product details 1216 pages Bantam - English 9780553573428 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[O]ne of the more rewarding examples of gigantism in contemporary fantasy....[R]ichly imagined....The complexity of characters...will keep readers turning even the vast number of pages contained in this volume..."
"Review" by , "The upside is impressive: a backdrop of real depth; elaborate yet immaculate plotting; believable characters; and controlled, resourceful magic."
"Review" by , "[R]eaders hardy enough to make their way through nearly a thousand pages of rich yet unrelenting prose will find their efforts well rewarded....Martin continues to take epic fantasy to new levels of insight and sophistication..."
"Review" by , "This medieval fantasy series stands as one of the best."
"Synopsis" by , The third volume of Martin's beloved fantasy saga that includes "A Game of Thrones" and "A Clash of Kings" continues the story of the battle for control over the Seven Kingdoms, as wars rage on and alliances are made and broken.
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