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

by George R. R. Martin

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Series: A Song of Ice and Fire (3, part 1 of 2)

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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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The dialogue was tedious at times but the book was a fun read. ( )
  Squarepeg2021 | Jul 11, 2021 |
This has been the best book in the series so far. The body count was high and with each death there followed a loud, incredulous gasp...from the reader. I'm looking forward to the next book, but first I have to pay a visit to 14th century England and see what Thomas Cromwell is up to. :-) ( )
  Squarepeg2021 | Jul 11, 2021 |
← Part 2

“Valar dohaeris,” I replied, placing both parts of A Storm of Swords on the counter along with my debit card.

“Valar satchelis?” she asked, cocking the crossbow with her hand and cocking her eyebrow with the muscles in her face.

“Uh, sorry, my High Valyrian is a bit rusty," I said, blushing. The lady behind the till rolled her eyes, scanned the books, and swiped my card. I was trying to figure out how she'd done all this without taking her hands off the crossbow when she spoke again, this time in the common tongue.

“Do you want a bag?” she asked.

“Yes please,” I said.

“Okay.” And she slid the books into a bag.

“Thanks.”

“You're welcome.”

I took the bag from the counter and waited to see if anything else was going to happen. Nothing happened. And kept not happening. “Bit mundane, this part, isn't it?” I ventured. The lady gave me the kind of look that could peel a banana at ten paces.

“It's the nature of the saga,” she said. “A Clash of Kings ended on so much carnage that this part will inevitably feature a lot of introspection to start with, and it'll presumably build up to full-blown shenanigans in part two.”

“If you say so.” I looked around the bookshop and noticed a group of people congregating in one corner. “Hey, what's going on over there?” I asked till-lady.

“Oh, some author is giving a reading of his new book. It's called Wed.”

“Strange name for a book,” I opined, but till-lady was already serving the next person in line. With nothing better to do I headed over to the corner, humming The Rains of Castamere to myself.

Part 4 → ( )
  imlee | Jul 7, 2020 |
← Part 2

“Valar dohaeris,” I replied, placing both parts of A Storm of Swords on the counter along with my debit card.

“Valar satchelis?” she asked, cocking the crossbow with her hand and cocking her eyebrow with the muscles in her face.

“Uh, sorry, my High Valyrian is a bit rusty," I said, blushing. The lady behind the till rolled her eyes, scanned the books, and swiped my card. I was trying to figure out how she'd done all this without taking her hands off the crossbow when she spoke again, this time in the common tongue.

“Do you want a bag?” she asked.

“Yes please,” I said.

“Okay.” And she slid the books into a bag.

“Thanks.”

“You're welcome.”

I took the bag from the counter and waited to see if anything else was going to happen. Nothing happened. And kept not happening. “Bit mundane, this part, isn't it?” I ventured. The lady gave me the kind of look that could peel a banana at ten paces.

“It's the nature of the saga,” she said. “A Clash of Kings ended on so much carnage that this part will inevitably feature a lot of introspection to start with, and it'll presumably build up to full-blown shenanigans in part two.”

“If you say so.” I looked around the bookshop and noticed a group of people congregating in one corner. “Hey, what's going on over there?” I asked till-lady.

“Oh, some author is giving a reading of his new book. It's called Wed.”

“Strange name for a book,” I opined, but till-lady was already serving the next person in line. With nothing better to do I headed over to the corner, humming The Rains of Castamere to myself.

Part 4 → ( )
  leezeebee | Jul 6, 2020 |
This is my favourite instalment in the series so far. The first Samwell chapter in particular is wonderfully written, and the forward motion doesn't so much falter for the entire (half) book. ( )
  Tara_Calaby | Jun 22, 2020 |
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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.

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