A Storm of Swords
Books | Fiction / Fantasy / Epic
George R. R. Martin
THE BOOK BEHIND THE THIRD SEASON OF GAME OF THRONES, AN 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 SWORDSOf 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. . . .
George R. R. Martin
Random House Publishing Group
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"Storm of Swords is the high mark for A Song of Ice and Fire. Rewarding through this middle chapter of the fantasy epic, you can really tell that Martin has hit his stride with the balance of action, exposition, and world building. <br/><br/>Characters that we have followed through out the first three books are given even more time to grow in front of us, and feel aged beyond their actual years l. Two examples I want to highlight are Sansa and Daenerys. <br/><br/>This book is where Sansa sheds her skin as a young girl, naive to what her actual position is and begins to politic her way around Kings Landing, even if for a time it seems she will be stuck married to Tyrion. <br/><br/>Daenerys on the other hand, who we forget is still a young girl because of the decisions she has made and leadership she has displayed, shows more of her younger side, especially when it comes to dealing with Jorah and who she keeps on her inner council. <br/><br/>My favorite of the new POVs is Jamie. His growth from pompous, spoiled Lannister to a defeated, insecure, but possibly more honorable knight is masterclass and something I will not forget. <br/><br/>I do think some characters like Arya and Davos take a step back in this book, more because the focus was not on them but events that happened around them and less about the actual writing of their chapters. <br/><br/>Also the Epilogue of this books is well done and where the books and the shows start to splinter. It is a introduction to a unique character that was not given their due in the show, which was less because of it."
"This was hands down the best book of this series so far. Unlike A Clash of Kings, this book moved along and so much happened (especially in the last 30% of the book) that I can't even imagine what is going to happen next. I want to start the next book RIGHT NOW, but I know I need a break from this series and to move on to some lighter reading. It is unfortunate that from all I have heard that the next book is the weakest, that nothing really happens and it is fairly boring. I will just have to wait until it gets cold out and I'm stuck inside before I start the next one."
"I do! As of now it has to be "Homeland" by R.A Salvatore and "The Judge Hunter" by Christopher Buckley! Two completely different genres! High fantasy and historical fiction respectively!"
"Honestly I read it way back in college, so I don't remember exactly which parts are in this book vs. the others in the series, but in terms of the series, I really enjoy the complex politics of George R R Martin's world. They make it feel real even though there are also magic and dragons!"