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A Storm of Swords: Steel and Snow (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3 Part 1) (original 2000; edition 2003)

by George R. R. Martin

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Title:A Storm of Swords: Steel and Snow (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3 Part 1)
Authors:George R. R. Martin
Info:Voyager (2003), Edition: New edition, Paperback, 688 pages
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A Storm of Swords Part 1: Steel and Snow by George R. R. Martin (2000)

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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 |
Yes! A Song of Ice and Fire is back! I liked the first half of this third book better than the second book. The story is more varied, and, after the relative predictability of the second book this goes back to throwing the reader off at every turn. ( )
  clq | Jun 28, 2013 |
Again, I read these through back to back in a couldn't-put-them down way, but they have all merged! ( )
  atreic | May 28, 2013 |
Yet more of the same, this time with added confusiona bout when anything has happened as George seems to have realised he needs chronology, but hasn't previously been keeping track. There are still no dates on any of the events. Its very odd reading about one characters events, and then in the next chapter having a nother character acting as if it hadn't happened wihout any explanation as to why. When in other instances there is almost instantaineous communication.

The list of characters is pretty much the same as the last book which is easier to cope with as you know who they are now. Nobody is actually doing anything that interesting though, but there are a some signs that something might begin to happen in the next few books time. if you can still be bnothered to read that far. the only excitement is the rise of some actual magic, although no explanation is given as to why. Minor bugfbear alert - very poor section on caves. Completely fails to capture the experience of being underground, and at approx 10C it really isn't condusive to taking all your clothes off. The icefead water will be even colder and less frolic inducing!

I'd definetly prefer less characters and slightly more action. But as beofre the quality fo the writing for each individual chapter remains high, it's only the overal direction that is lacking. ( )
  reading_fox | May 22, 2013 |
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The day was grey and bitter cold, and the dogs would not take the scent.
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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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