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A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3) (original 2000; edition 2000)

by George R. R. Martin

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Title:A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3)
Authors:George R. R. Martin
Info:Bantam (2000), Edition: 1ST, Hardcover, 992 pages
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A Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin (2000)

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This is an incredible series. Book number three is just as page-turning as the first one was. I find myself confused, "Who is the good guy?" "Who's the bad guy?" More people die (good and bad), more betrayals, more battles, more discussion of honor (and lack there of).

I need the next book now! ( )
  csweder | Jul 8, 2014 |
The saga goes on. And on. And sometimes seems to get lost in the words. There is a portion of this book, several hundred pages long, where the author seems to lose his way, and takes the reader with him. Arya seems to have been captured and escaped from more villains than seems reasonable. She also seems to have covered more territory than reasonable, and certainly more than I could cope with, using the tiny maps given as a guide.
But, Martin seems to recover at the end - the plot gets back into gear with a cluster of major events. Like the hanging end of a soapie episode - just enough to get the reader to want to get the next book and see what happens.
I had moments in the middle of the "lost" section of this book where I was sure it would be my last in the series, but now I think I will come back for more punishment in the fourth volume.
Read June 2014. ( )
  mbmackay | Jul 5, 2014 |
Best of the series so far. One of the best fantasy books I have I ever read. And the biggest shitstorm in fantasy, if there ever was one. ( )
  Me-chan | Jun 19, 2014 |
Wow... ( )
  jarxg | Jun 10, 2014 |
A kingdom is thrown into chaos, war filling the streets with poverty and death. Five false kings fight for the throne, each one with no better claim than the next. Every mother, child, lord, and king will find enemies lurking in every corner. Brother will turn against brother as banners are raised and shields held steady. As steel and blood push gods and law to the side, no one is safe in the third installment of George R. R. Martin’s shocking saga.

A Storm of Swords follows a motley of characters, each faced with their own set of challenges. Across the seas, we find Daenerys Stormborn sieging and plundering her way across a desert of cities, freeing the enslaved and putting the slavers to the sword. Her dragons are growing quickly, and soon preparing for the battle that awaits them a world away. Robb Stark faces an even more daunting task; he and his bannermen are battling the Lannisters of Casterly Rock for his claim of the north. But now referred to as “King Who Lost the North,” Robb is finding that lions have more claws hidden than the bared teeth of the wolf. Back at Casterly Rock, Tyrion the imp is fighting his own battles. Everywhere he turns there is a knife at his back, and he is finding that his only allies, the whispers, sometimes lie. There is no one left but himself to trust. The fight is completely different for Jon Snow and his brothers on the Wall, where they are caught between an onslaught of wildlings and Others, always followed by the wights of fallen soldiers. Between armies of the dead and the living, the Wall’s defenses are spread thin and the fate of the Seven Kingdoms may be in the hands of foreign and evil powers.

As it is for every book of A Song of Ice and Fire, the plot mostly depends on beheadings, stabbings, and obvious betrayals. The once shocking deaths have become painful to read and dull. He seems determined to kill every possible character he has written, and indeed, that now seems to be his motivation for creating new ones. He appears unable to picture a final confrontation, or perhaps even a resolution to his plot, and frequently resorts to killing his character to prevent having to come up with one. Nevertheless, the writing was clear, descriptive, and humorous, something to be expected along with the bloodshed. He manages to bring the battle scenes to life, without ever depending on gore. His characters have their own back stories, inner turmoil, and each are more dynamic than the one before them. It seems impossible to read an of his books without feeling like you are in the middle of a real world, dragons or no. Overall, this is a book worth reading for anyone, all though adult themed nature will stop most parents from reading it as a bed-time story. That, and the constant beheadings. There are enough of them for years worth of nightmares.
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  br14saal | Jun 5, 2014 |
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Could we be heading for an ultimate conflict in which both sides are wrong and the right answer is being human and choosing the excluded middle? Wouldn’t that be cool if it were the case?
added by Shortride | editTor.com, Jo Walton (Sep 14, 2009)
 
With the end of A Storm of Swords, Martin is half finished his epic. However, so little has been revealed that we have only begun to glimpse what the true saga really is. It's as if you are peering through a dirty window, cleaning small portions of it -- one square inch at a time -- so more and more of the room beyond is slowly revealed. Each glimpse uncovers a new wonder, but you can never be sure of exactly what you are seeing.
added by Shortride | editSF Site, Wayne MacLaurin (Jan 1, 2001)
 

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Bk 3 A Song of Fire and Ice: A Storm of Swords has also been published as a two volume edition - Bk 3 - Prt 1:Steel and Snow / Bk 3 - Prt 2: Blood and Gold.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 055357342X, Mass Market Paperback)

Is George R.R. Martin for real? Can a fantasy epic actually get better with each new installment? Fans of the genre have glumly come to expect go-nowhere sequels from other authors, so we're entitled to pinch ourselves over Martin's tightly crafted Song of Ice and Fire series. The reports are all true: this series is the real deal, and Martin deserves his crown as the rightful king of the epic. A Game of Thrones got things off to a rock-solid start, A Clash of Kings only exceeded expectations, but it's the Storm of Swords hat trick that cements Martin's rep as the most praiseworthy fantasy author to come along since that other R.R.

Like the first two books, A Storm of Swords could coast on the fundamentals: deftly detailed characters, convincing voices and dialogue, a robust back-story, and a satisfyingly unpredictable plot. But it's Martin's consistently bold choices that set the series apart. Every character is fair game for the headman's axe (sometimes literally), and not only do the good guys regularly lose out to the bad guys, you're never exactly sure who you should be cheering for in the first place.

Storm is full of admirable intricacies. Events that you thought Martin was setting up solidly for the first two books are exposed as complex feints; the field quickly narrows after the Battle of the Blackwater and once again, anything goes. Robb tries desperately to hold the North together, Jon returns from the wildling lands with a torn heart, Bran continues his quest for the three-eyed crow beyond the Wall, Catelyn struggles to save her fragile family, Arya becomes ever more wolflike in her wanderings, Daenerys comes into her own, and Joffrey's cruel rule from King's Landing continues, making even his fellow Lannisters uneasy. Martin tests all the major characters in A Storm of Swords: some fail the trial, while others--like Martin himself--seem to only get stronger. --Paul Hughes

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"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"--Cover.… (more)

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