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A Storm of Swords Part 1: Steel and Snow (2000)

by George R. R. Martin

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This is the third book in the series, and so far I am liking each one somewhat less than its predecessor. This one treads too much water and not much of great significance takes place. Too many of the ongoing characters' chapters failed to hold my interest and I am feeling little sympathy for, or particular interest in, most of the characters, with the exception of Tyrion Lannister and, to a degree, Bran. In earlier novels, I liked Arya's storyline, but this has palled rather. In the absence of the more engaging features of the first and most of the second novels, the lengthy descriptions and lists of names become a little tiresome. All this said, I will probably continue the series, as the basic concept still intrigues me - though there is really no justification for splitting Book 3 into two separate novels (both of which are still nearly 600 pages long). ( )
  john257hopper | Feb 5, 2015 |
Even though the writing isn't the best, I can't put the darned things down! ( )
  sscarllet | Nov 20, 2014 |
Bit of a slow pace. Good characters though ( )
  bkmeredith | Oct 23, 2014 |
Bloodthirsty, Intelligent Historical Fantasy. Suffers a bit from the fact I've seen the TV series which obviously covers a lot of the same ground. ( )
  jerhogan | Apr 8, 2014 |
I am reading these in order, a little bit late to the party I realise. I have found this one to be the best so far with real pace and action. Don't understand why anyone is having problems with the chronology. Some characters don't seem to know that events have happened to other characters for one simple reason - they have not learned of the events as yet so they only know the previous state of affairs. Is that so hard to grasp? Come on people. ( )
  polarbear123 | Jul 7, 2013 |
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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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The Seven Kingdoms are divided by revolt and blood feud, and winter approaches like an angry beast. Beyond the Northern borders, wildlings leave their villages to gather in the ice and stone wasteland of the Frostfangs. From there, the renegade Brother Mance Rayder will lead them South towards the Wall. Robb Stark wears his new-forged crown in the Kingdom of the North, but his defences are ranged against attack from the South, the land of House Stark's enemies the Lannisters. His sisters are trapped there, dead or likely yet to die, at the whim of the Lannister boy-king Joffrey or his depraved mother Cersei, regent of the Iron Throne. And Daenerys Stormborn will return to the land of her birth to avenge the murder of her father, the last Dragon King on the Iron Throne.… (more)

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