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A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire #3)by George R. R. Martin
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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.
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...
"[O]ne of the more rewarding examples of gigantism in contemporary fantasy....
"The upside is impressive: a backdrop of real depth; elaborate yet immaculate plotting; believable characters; and controlled, resourceful magic." Kirkus Reviews
"Destined to be one of the greatest fantasy series ever written." Denver Post
"This medieval fantasy series stands as one of the best." Dallas Morning News
"[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
“A riveting continuation of a series whose brilliance continues to dazzle.” Patriot News
The third book in the Song of Ice and Fire series makes its debut in trade format and heralds the arrival of new trade paperback editions of Martin's prior books, A Game of Thrones and A Clash of Kings. Martin is virtually unmatched in the complexity of his world building and the richness of his characterizations.
The sequel to the bestselling A Clash of Kings continues the story of the Seven Kingdoms. House Lannister has tightened its grip on the Iron Throne, but Tyrion still chafes under the rule of his scheming sister, his brutal father, and his sadistic nephew. While a continent away, Danaerys Stormborn and her dragons grow in power, while each undertakes a single-minded quest for victory and envelops the world in a storm of swords.
About the Author
George R. R. Martin is the award-winning author of five novels, including Fevre Dream and The Armageddon Rag. For the last ten years, he has been a screenwriter for feature films and television and was the producer of the TV series Beauty and the Beast as well as a story editor for The Twilight Zone. After a ten-year hiatus, he has now returned to writing novels full-time and is presently at work on A Dance with Dragons, the fourth book of his series.
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