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A Storm of Swords: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3 | [George R. R. Martin]

A Storm of Swords: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3

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.
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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....

©2000 George R.R. Martin, (P)2004 Books On Tape, Inc., published in arrangement with Random House Audio Group, a division of Random House, Inc.

What the Critics Say

  • Locus Award, 2001

"Richly imagined." (Publishers Weekly)
"A riveting continuation of a series whose brilliance continues to dazzle." (The Patriot News)
"I always expect the best from George R. R. Martin, and he always delivers." (Robert Jordan)
"High fantasy with a vengeance!" (San Diego Union-Tribune)

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    Joseph Revere, MA, United States 07-02-11
    Joseph Revere, MA, United States 07-02-11 Member Since 2010
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    "great book, terrible narrator"

    Unfortunately, Roy Dotrice makes this book harder to follow than it needs to be. A great book. A horrible narrator. Audible, please get John Lee to read this book!

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    Michael Walnut Creek, CA, United States 06-16-11
    Michael Walnut Creek, CA, United States 06-16-11 Member Since 2002

    I focus on fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, science, history, politics and read a lot. I try to review everything I read.

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    "Saga not Epic"

    I am writing this review based on the first four books of this series overall.
    There is a LOT going for these books, good character development of many strong, interesting characters (every one with their own fortes and flaws), a superior writing style with interesting vocabulary and a lack of clich??s and many of the other faults found in most fantasy novels. The majority of the chapters are good, a few chapters (at least one per book, excepting book four) are among the best to be found in the genre. Yet I did not come away pleased. The story moves from one complication to another, one interesting character to another (some of the characters have a half-dozen or more names/personae), but there is little resolution. Some sub-plots come to an end, but there is not a resolving. The story seems to have become more a fantasy soap opera than a novel; a well written and compelling soap opera, but a soap opera never the less. The only technical flaws that annoyed me were a few minor anachronisms and some grating crows and half-wits. The narrator for the first three books had VERY strong character voices (which might be too much for many). The narrator of the forth book erred in the other direction (in a book with so many characters character vocal differences can be a good thing). Somewhere in between would be nicer. This was much more of a saga than an epic, more good writing than literature, more a series then a story. I will not be listening to any more unless I hear that they finally and successfully resolve. The first book was the best of the four, with the next two being nearly as good, the fourth was much weaker.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Tiffany Flint, MI, United States 06-11-11
    Tiffany Flint, MI, United States 06-11-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Awesome!!!"

    This book was great. It was hard to put down and kept a very good pace.

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    Josh Holland, MI, USA 09-18-09
    Josh Holland, MI, USA 09-18-09
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    "My favorite!"

    These books are fantastic and this is probably my favorite one out of the four that have been written. I've listened to these audiobooks four or five times now while at work. They're definitely worth the money! =)

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    Patrick J. Mathewson 03-29-09 Listener Since 2008
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    "Why did we lose an accent?"

    First off, let me say that I've listened to the first two books on audiobook as well and so far they have been tremendous.

    However, during the first Daenerys portion in part 5 of 'Storm of Swords' I noticed that the accent that Dotrice typically used for the Dothraki, Unsolid (and others of that basic geographical region) was gone. Dotrice instead substitutes with a british accent similar to one he might use for various characters of Westeros.

    This is a little disappointing as I've been a big fan of the narration thus far. Dotrice has a lot of talent for making characters and groups of characters distinguishable by ear; so hopefully this was just temporary slip-up. I'm keeping my fingers crossed!

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Dao Cornelia, GA, USA 09-14-07
    Dao Cornelia, GA, USA 09-14-07
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    "Movie in the making"

    I really enjoyed this story but I wondered why so much cruelty was inflicted upon the good characters or heroes? I believe there will be no happy endings here when the author gets done with it! But overall I'd like to see this made into a movie.

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    Richard Los Angeles, US, Canada 08-02-07
    Richard Los Angeles, US, Canada 08-02-07 Member Since 2007
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    "Powerful"

    If you have read the other two books then expect more of the same. He is one of the best writers in the fantasy genre, and this series rivals Tolkien in that it is so different and thus cannot be compared. Be warned that this was the most painful of the books for me so far.

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    Robert Molndal, Sweden 07-12-07
    Robert Molndal, Sweden 07-12-07 Member Since 2006
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    "Masterpiece"

    This is yet another masterpiece from GRRM. It’s very well written with lots of interesting characters. Unlike many other authors GRRM succeeds at keeping his hosts of characters unique and believable. The plots are both intricate and unpredictable with twists and turns in every corner. Prepare to laugh, weep, morn, and shudder all at the same time. I haven't read all the fantasy books out there, so I can't say it's the best ever written... but "A Song of Ice and Fire" is by far the best series I've come upon so far.

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    Michael Amsterdam, NY, United States 07-02-06
    Michael Amsterdam, NY, United States 07-02-06 Member Since 2005
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    "Just keeps getting better"

    Every book in this series just keeps getting better, something that doesn't always happen with an epic fantasy series (the Wheel of Time series comes to mind). The narrator is great as well: He manages to embue each character with an easily identifiable and understandable voice, none of which grate on the nerves or become a distraction.

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    Glenn E. Graham Pflugerville, TX USA 02-27-06
    Glenn E. Graham Pflugerville, TX USA 02-27-06 Member Since 2000

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    "Great work Well told"

    I would likke it to go faster, but I must admit it is as juice a story as you'll ever hear.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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