A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire #3)

A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire #3)

by George R. R. Martin

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Overview

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 Swords

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 SevenKingdoms have exploded in a veritable storm of swords. . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780553106633
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/31/2000
Series: Song of Ice and Fire Series
Pages: 992
Sales rank: 15,226
Product dimensions: 6.64(w) x 9.60(h) x 2.23(d)

About the Author

George R. R. Martin is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of many novels, including the acclaimed series A Song of Ice and Fire—A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, A Feast for Crows, and A Dance with Dragons—as well as Tuf Voyaging, Fevre Dream, The Armageddon Rag, Dying of the Light, Windhaven (with Lisa Tuttle), and Dreamsongs Volumes I and II. He is also the creator of The Lands of Ice and Fire, a collection of maps from A Song of Ice and Fire featuring original artwork from illustrator and cartographer Jonathan Roberts, and The World of Ice & Fire (with Elio M. García, Jr., and Linda Antonsson). As a writer-producer, Martin has worked on The Twilight Zone, Beauty and the Beast, and various feature films and pilots that were never made. He lives with the lovely Parris in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Hometown:

Santa Fe, NM

Date of Birth:

September 20, 1948

Place of Birth:

Bayonne, NJ

Education:

B.S., Northwestern University, 1970; M.S., Northwestern University, 1971

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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 Swords
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 theSeven Kingdoms have exploded in a veritable storm of swords. . .
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JGolomb More than 1 year ago
I'm almost out of breath after completing George RR Martin's "Storm of Swords", the third in his Fire and Ice series. Each chapter is like its own short story with its own little cliffhanger. Martin's characters are dramatic, melodramatic, genuine, realistic, and so bold and colorfully drawn that I find myself thinking about them in between readings. After each book I've needed to take a little breather, but find myself drawn back to the stories and the characters' individual and interconnected dramas, desperate to find out what's happened next, while enjoying the immersion in Martin's world. While some of Martin's characters are clear 'black hats', and some are 'white'...there's more 'gray' than anything else, which adds to the realism of the ever-changing qualities that the characters display. Some of the black hats start moving toward white, and some of the white drift towards the black. Like real life, few of Martin's story lines have true endings. Even when a character is killed, the ramifications are often far reaching and impact Martin's landscape across multiple books in the series. One couldn't really get their arms around 'Storm of Swords' without having the background of the previous two books. The author doesn't pander to one looking for detailed background and reminders. He relies on the memories of the reader to connect the dots until Martin's good and ready to connect them outright. This is the first book in the series that really takes a full leap into fantasy, whereas the first two were more medieval historical novels set in an otherworldly location. Martin introduces some of the evil that's been threatening from the north - Giants, Mammoths, Shadowcats, and the living dead. There's a sprinkle of magic from Melisandre and her Lord of the Light. And oh yeah, and the three dragons with their mother Daenerys, are threatening Westeros from the East. What drives this series are the characters and storylines. And there are a lot of each. Martin chews through pages like a direwolf through a deer, but things are never dull, and the storylines never dry up. The final 300+ pages absolutely fly by. I'm not a fantasy reader. But I love this series. And book three is as solid, deep and satisfying as the previous two.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Luckily for me, I came into the series really late, as in just this past summer. When my boyfriend dumped me, my sister practically shoved A Game of Thrones in my hand as a balm to get me over the worst of it. Better than drugs, more addictive than crack, I seriously couldn't put the book down. I let my dad drive my truck back from Atlanta just so I could continue reading it. Wonderfully intricate politics, characters that you can't decide to hate or love, lush settings, and, through it all, a master story teller plies his trade with expertise. You spend half your time wondering whether or not you should hate someone, never to be given a definate yes or no in most cases, strangely like real life here. The two characters I have been steadfast in my regard for are Arya and Sansha. Arya simply because she is a Stark and she is, by god, going to DO something about this mess (and I love strong tomboy characters). I loathe Sansha as strongly as I love Arya...anyone who gives up their wolf and turns their back on their family gets what they deserve...but I do feel sorry for her. She got caught in a web of her own making...but no one really deserves Jeoffrey. Love these books and I have made most of my friends read the series as well. We are now waiting anxiously for the new one even as we continue to argue the old ones.
theReader278 More than 1 year ago
I loved reading this wonderful book! It is a story that keeps you entertained for hours.
Guest More than 1 year ago
tired of the same old, same old? good guy meets bad guy,.. good guy fights bad guy, good guy wins.. the end.. This series will turn and flip and spin you around. Who is good , who is bad? at what point do charecters cross the line. Main charecters, getting killed off! no.. but yeS!! every page is a nerve racking spine tingle suspense filled joy. This is not to say that it is a harsh book with no redeming qualites of love,hope, goodnes and light . not at all but if your tired of always knowing who will win and what will happen . Read this book P.S. Defiantly start with book one
WonderMoose More than 1 year ago
Having read all of the first three books I have never been disappointed by the constant page turning action, heart-felt characters, and gripping plot. This is possibly the best Fantasy series in existence. The tragedy is that it is incomplete. Even though the books have been amazing thus far... I'm hesitant to move on to the next book while knowing it leads nowhere. I sincerely hope that George will one day bestow on us the final chapters of this truly epic story.
HappyReaderOR More than 1 year ago
Love this series. Read the first one before the show came out on HBO and have since read books 2, 3 and 4. Great epic tale - has kept my interest.
thecollector0 More than 1 year ago
this is a good series with many characters that you want to follow to find out more of the story. I thoroughly enjoyed this book as well as the others in the series, and again cannot wait to read the next one.
GloveSlipper More than 1 year ago
Let me first state that I love this series. These books are wonderful for escaping on a snowy night. The characters, good or bad, continue to forge a place in your heart. The books have everything you would want from a work of fiction, except. This series is sad. Without any specific spoilers I can say that there is not one thing that has happened in this series that makes you feel good. Even when a character falls in love there is an underlying issue that makes the love a bad idea. The characters you care about are put through one horrific event after another and most of the characters are children. I know the series is far from finished but at this point, every single chapter you can rest assured that the characters you love will have nothing good happen to them. Read this series but take a break in between books. There is no rush as the author has very little interest in finishing the series quickly. Otherwise, the chapters begin to feel like a depressing grind.
Guest More than 1 year ago
George R.R. Martin has that talent of writing that keeps you on the edge. Some moments you have to resist skipping pages justg to see how something turns out. Other times you want to put the book down because you are dreading what might happen next. Amazing. I only wish other reviewers would STOP explaining the whole book and spoiling the book for new readers!
Linus_Lexington More than 1 year ago
George R. R. Martins final book in his "A Song of Ice and Fire" trilogy is a well thought out ending to the incomplete lives of the character of the Seven Kingdoms. I thought his trilogy was outstanding; I was enraptured by the twists and turns. However, Martin is some what reminicent of "The Wheel of Time Series" with his detailed discription of events, which to a reader can sometimes get monotonous. Martin writes a massive amount of characters into the plot and sometimes it is frustrating to jump from one character to another character doing something completly unrelated. I found myself on a occasion skipping through and just reading one characters' chapters through out the book. Martin masterfully builds up character just to eliminate them from the story; it really inspires a emotional responce from the reader. I recommend this book to heavy readers and fantasy addicts. you will be surprised many times over with the plot.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Arya bounces back and forth like a ping pong ball in a series of undescriptive landscapes, Sansa becomes a less sympathetic character than in the first 2 books because the author fails to bring any depth to her personality, Robb is 16 going on 40 going on 12 and we don't get into him much either, Bran's just boring- his conversation is about as stimulating as Hodor's, and Rickon... Rickon who? I'll probably wait and skip to book 6, if I live long enough, and won't have missed anything but the dragons' Senior Prom and a lot of names that take up a half a page, but have no basis in the story. Can't anyone write a good book anymore and just wind it up? I love fantasy, but the writing of encyclopedic works is becoming a habit. If you need a geneology listing in the back of the book, there are way too many characters. Period. At least some of the series writers know how to come to some kind of partial conclusion at the end of each book... Get on with it already. Let's find out who Jon's mother really is (some queen, no doubt), legitimize him, give him the durned crown and be done with it. Jordan's books went decidedly downhill after 3. Martin started early.
MissQ3 More than 1 year ago
Have read all the books in this series to date and can't wait for the next one. You would think after all those pages George would be running out of steam but A Storm of Swords was every bit as delicious to read as the others. What a brilliant writer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was pretty sad and alot of drastic things that you don't expect. But, all in all it is a great book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i intially started reading this series on the recommendation of my uncle and was definately not disappointed. a good plot, likeable characters, and some villains you can't help but like, this book has it all. but one thing really upset me...my favorite characters keep getting killed! i understand that it's a book about war, and that leaders in war more often than not end up dead, but some of the deaths in this book ticked me off!! but as long as jon and arya don't die, i'll keep reading the series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'A Song of Ice and Fire' is one of my new favorite series. And 'A Storm of Swords' has so far been my favorite in the series. The character developments are phenomenal, and Martin really pulls out all the stops. The line between good vs. evil does not really exist in these books. There is so much more gray area. If you were interested in reading this series I certainly would recommend it, just be prepared for alot of detail and characters. I have to keep character tabs in mine so I can remember what happens to each character after their chapter ends (if you've read these books you know what I mean)! Definitely not for children/young adults.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Kudos to Mr. Martin for crafting such a compelling, heart-wrenching read. He is not afraid to have bad things happen to the main characters, even killing those we've grown to love. Yes, as some of the other reviewers have complained, he does create some truly evil characters that inflict horrors on innocent children, but this is a novel of war. War breeds atrocity, and George R.R. Martin doesn't shy away from the truth of such matters. Just because something falls into the fantasy genre does not mean it consists of unicorns and happy endings. I would recommend this series to anyone who enjoys a dense, gritty epic with dashes of hope interspersed throughout.
Guest More than 1 year ago
George Martin's book A Storm of Swords is one of the great fantasy books of literature. The story is excellently thought out and the plot is subversive. If there is a better fantasy book with a series I would like someone to show me it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you like Jordan youll love these, my i believe hes one of the best authors ever to date
Anonymous 5 months ago
Foreshadowing Jaime Lannister, new lord commander of the kingsguard has a conversation with Loras Tyrell in which he essentially tells Loras he is not welcome. Loras in later text gets himself killed leading the charge at Dragonstone. Loras tries to join the Kingsguard partially to protect his sister who weds king Joffrey Baratheon.
WitchyWriter 8 months ago
I was determined to read A Storm of Swords before I moved farther than season two in the show. Everyone was saying it was the best book in the series so far, and I wanted to read it before I watched it. I also, miraculously, avoided anyone spoiling the Red Wedding for me. So it was high time to read this book and see if the hype was equal to the story. The first novel was fast-paced, suspenseful, and had me wanting to jump forward all the time to see what happened next to my favorite characters. The second installment of A Song of Ice and Fire was less engaging, dealt with more characters I could care less about, and ultimately felt like not much happened, even though arguably a lothappened because all the characters are in different places by the end than they were in the beginning. A Storm of Swords, the third novel in the series, started out a little slow for me. I just don’t care much about Jaime Lannister, so to have chapters following him and Brienne was pretty tedious. Catelyn Stark also really annoys me, so you can imagine that I just suffered through all of those chapters. Jon and Arya and Bran and Sansa and Tyrion all have interesting arcs, of course. They’re the best ones, and there always seemed to be new surprises, or new setbacks, for each of them. Unfortunately, Martin has a tendency to end each chapter on a “surprise!” moment or a twist, and then you have to wait LIKE TEN CHAPTERS before you pick up that character’s thread again. That’s frustrating. You don’t need so many cliff-hangers when the chapter that follows doesn’t even remotely relate to the character of the chapter before. Ultimately yes, I’m glad I read this book before watching the show. I don’t think I’m cut out to keep reading the books, though. My first love in fiction is always going to be YA, with less protagonists, more character-centric stories, and a hell of a lot less pages. After getting through the 3800+ pages of reading this book on my phone, I was so glad to open up Gaiman’s Norse Mythology and see it was only 516 in the same format!
Anonymous 10 months ago
so+good+that+I+could+not+put+down.++I+cannot+wait+to+read+the+next+book.
werus on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I've been avoiding series fantasy for a while because it all seemed so formulaic and predictable. The Fire and Ice series is the antidote. Wonderful characters (that Martin isn't afraid to kill off), chapters told from different character's POV (not so easy to classify as "good" and "evil"), light on the magic, "realistic" behavior (swearing and sex!), intricate, well thought-out plots, etc. etc.
Cynara on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Did I complain that not much happened in the last book? Well, Martin is moving things along at a fair clip in this one. My sympathies keep getting more complicated, things mostly keep getting more dreadful (except for one honest-to-god act of altruism which I had totally forgotten), but I'm starting to get inured to the tragedy, and of course I can't put it down for a moment. I have become a machine for doing needlework and reading George R. R. Martin. It's just as well I have some employment coming up, or I'd be forced to admit how truly useless I am when left to my own devices.
wenzowsa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As some background, I should say that I loved ¿A Game of Thrones¿ and literally tore through said book. I read the novel in a day, and I don¿t think I ate, slept, or spoke during those 24 hours of reading. Needless to say, I was excited to read ¿A Clash of Kings¿, but I found the book to be depressingly disappointing. I struggled to complete it, as I found the plot boringly diluted and the characters to be self-absorbed prigs. It reminded me of how television shows often set up for a really great episode by having a weaker episode featured the week prior, and ¿A Clash of Kings¿ certainly was the weaker. When the time came to read the third in the ¿Song of Fire and Ice¿ series, I was slightly apprehensive about reading ¿A Storm of Swords¿, and worried that I might be losing interest in the series. Thankfully, my expectations were met and exceeded by this novel.¿A Storm of Swords¿ is a wonderfully action-packed book that is infused with lust, conflict, religion, and political intrigue. Martin¿s characters continue to struggle with their morality and the choices that they have made in the past. Jaime Lannister, the kingslayer, is an example of burgeoning morality, as he begins to examine the role he played in murdering the Targaryen king. Events in this book cause Jaime Lannister to shift his perspective, and thus become a fascinating character. Betrayal also runs strong throughout. Perhaps the most shocking act of betrayal involves Lord Frey and the tragic Stark family. I remember being shocked and horrified by how those events played out. Murder is everywhere, apparently, and none of Martin¿s characters are sacred.After having finished, ¿A Storm of Swords¿ last night, I eagerly began ¿A Feast for Crows¿. Let¿s hope the fourth is just as good as the third.
spidermansays on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Best book of the series so far! This one had some great "what the hell just happened?" moments, lots of violence, a very disturbing image, interesting character interactions, a few memorable weddings, and a couple of cool reveals. Really really good.