A Storm of Swords
Book 3, A Song of Ice & Fire
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.
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. . . .
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From Publishers Weekly
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The author paints a lively world which feels alive. The book is fantasy but the author makes you feel like it could be real, like you are peering into some parallel world where magic exists, dragons are born and men do what men always do and fight for gold, naked ambition and glory. *I would recommend reading "Game of Thrones" and "Clash of Kings" before reading this book so you get the most out of it. Otherwise, you might not understand the motivations of some characters or even the epic struggle which has ben raging since the end of "A Game of Thrones". I highly recommend this book. This series has been such a thrill to read. Don't miss this book.
I used to think Stephen King could spin a tale but I was wrong. Martin's characters are multi-dimensional and real in a fantasy setting. Terrific stuff.......
On to A Feast for Crows
There were times where it seemed to lag and I skimmed a paragraph or two but on the whole the series and the book itself are great. As I have said before I LOVE the fact that GRRM doesn't collect a menagerie of characters that start to get stale. Most of these would be lucky to meet maturity date and while it's become a kind of "ok who's next" and "is there gonna b anyone left to continue the series?" I will keep reading. Valar morghulis
- Category: Epic
- Published: Oct 31, 2000
- Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
- Seller: Penguin Random House LLC
- Print Length: 1216 Pages
- Language: English
- Series: Book 3, A Song of Ice & Fire