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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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Publisher's Summary

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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    Tim Gahanna, OH, USA 10-16-04
    Tim Gahanna, OH, USA 10-16-04
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    "Dark and brilliant"

    I have been burnt out on fantasy for a few months now. I was tired of the tales of the reluctant farmboy, soon to be hero, fighting all the dark forces of the land. To much fantasy follows the same formula. Martin smashes this formula and has created a unique world and story in his Ice and Fire series.

    If your looking for a bright magical world of heros, elves and wizards where the good guy always wins, then this series is not for you. That?s all the cons I can come up with.

    For the pros, wow, where to start. First off, the narrator of this series does justice to the prose and story. ?HODAR?. Roy Dotrice does an outstanding job and by far has to be my favorite narrator.

    The story is well written, one never knows what to expect from one chapter to the next. In it?s own dark way this series is a breath of fresh air in my world. Martin does a wonderful job painting his dark world and characters. The prose is not at all lite fare and some readers/listeners may find offense to his language and in some of the scenes in this series. For me it help paint his world more clearly,

    If your looking for something wonderful and different, albeit dark and ugly, I highly recommend this series.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michael northville, MI, USA 09-10-04
    Michael northville, MI, USA 09-10-04 Member Since 2004
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    "Awesome"

    Along with Game of Thrones and Clash of Kings, possibly the best 117 hours of listening you will ever experience (with an additional ~40 hours still to come).

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Roy Burlington, IA, United States 05-22-04
    Roy Burlington, IA, United States 05-22-04 Member Since 2004
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    "Where can I buy a sword!"

    This series is the most powerfully written fantasy I have ever experienced. The characters seem to live in your mind, they are so richly crafted. I swear you can almost hear the horses and smell the blood!

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Ottawa, ON, Canada 12-27-07
    Mark Ottawa, ON, Canada 12-27-07
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    "GRRM looses focus"

    Too many sub plots, too many characters. It seems like the author is striving more for a high page count than a solid novel. This combined with the change in narrator in book 4 is enough to stop be from continuing with the series.

    6 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Gary R. Harris 11-10-07 Member Since 2007
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    "Too much sex"

    It seems like the author has been adding just a bit more sex into each book . . . and then decided to quadruple the recipe for book 3. After book 1 I would have recommended the series to anyone. By the time 2 was over, Probaby. By the end of Book 3 my attitude is - Why? Alas, no matter how much I may yet enjoy books 4 and 5 (assuming he turns off the turn ons) I'm afraid I will no longer be able to recommend the series to anyone. An otherwise excellemt story is being trashed by all the unnecessary smut. Call it advancing the story, being true to the characters and the world in which they lived, to whatever else you want. But I call in disappointing.

    4 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    James Andover, NJ, United States 02-10-10
    James Andover, NJ, United States 02-10-10 Member Since 2009
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    "I'm enjoying it but it's trying my patients"

    Some of the story and characters go into what appears to be long pointless journeys. I'm trying to be patient but its a bit slow. Hopefully it will come together in the next book.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    James Flowery Branch, GA, United States 03-21-05
    James Flowery Branch, GA, United States 03-21-05 Member Since 2003
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    "Just what the doctor ordered, your fantasy escape"

    I have been listening to audio books for several years, and I must confess that this series of novels pulled me in and held me captive. I was powerless against the masterful narration of Roy Dotrice who was capable of smoothly slipping into characters of any class, race, sex, or age without hesitation.

    The balance of superb action, background exploration, and character discovery was perfect. This is certainly adult fantasy, but it surpasses the standard fantasy genre. George R.R. Martin weaves a complex world by taking the reader down a twisted path with a surprise around every corner. He breathes life into every character, but never bores. He makes each of them unique, giving them a truly human mix of both good and evil.

    I would swear he wrote these novels from the inside-out. He must have crafted each character with care, then created a world and set them loose. The writing feels as if were just a matter of following them while recording their actions, intentions, emotions, and desires (with a generous helping of an incredible writing style).

    Part of me is relieved that I can now resume my normal life. Of course, that's the same part of me that actually sits through the 6 O'Clock news. I cannot wait for the next novel! Until then, I will take frequent trips into the world that George Martin created, and I will be thankful.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jason M. Ross Pataskala, Ohio 09-29-04
    Jason M. Ross Pataskala, Ohio 09-29-04 Member Since 2004
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    "Greatest Fantasy Series Ever"

    You will not regret getting any of the books in the Song Of Fire and Ice series. I personally, like to read the books, but considering Martin's fourth book in the series is supposed to come out very soon I did not want to reread the books. They are very long, which I like, but I did not want to invest the time in reading them again.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    John Portland, OR, United States 12-30-13
    John Portland, OR, United States 12-30-13 Member Since 2001
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    "Continuing failure to succeed"
    What did you like best about A Storm of Swords? What did you like least?

    The characters are interesting and the plots are interesting.


    What was most disappointing about George R. R. Martin’s story?

    But if it looks like one of the characters will finally overcome adversity, then you are wrong. Every time a major character seems to be making some progress in his/her quest, it is only because Martin is about to visit disaster on them. Good or bad, everyone comes to disaster and/or death. I have made it through the 1st three books and the same pattern repeats in each. Characters you have developed a fondness for will die, be enslaved, or beaten. Separated for months from relatives and companions, they will miss connecting again by a few hours or miles. I cannot deal with another book if it continues in the same pattern (and friends who have completed the series tell me that things never get better - except to dash the readers hopes once again)


    What about Roy Dotrice’s performance did you like?

    He has a vast selection of vocal characters (altho most of his women (young or old) sound like squeeky old men). He does a apparent miracle in keeping his character voices straight.


    Could you see A Storm of Swords being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Well, HBO is working on the series and I watched part of it. But all the characters and scenes seem to be awfully dark. I didn't care for it.


    Any additional comments?

    I hard a hard time reading the books and, as mentioned above, didn't care much for the HBO series. But the Audible renditions were excellent. I still have a craving to see what happens in the next book, but after long hours invested in characters only to have them come to disaster and ruin, I doubt that I will continue the series.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Krystal Middletown, CT, United States 08-09-13
    Krystal Middletown, CT, United States 08-09-13 Member Since 2013
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    "The book is even more eventful than the show"
    Would you listen to A Storm of Swords again? Why?

    Yes I would. There is so much action and life and detail in the characters.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Storm of Swords?

    I think the most memorable moment is when King Joffery died. The show did not get to that point as of yet and this fan was ready for him to get the boot.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene that was my favorite was when Jamie was soaking in the bath with Brienne. I had seen the scene in the show but in the book it was way more organic. I felt like the book brought out so much more of Jamie's character that the show could not do.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    This book is to long and to complex to listen to in one sitting but I still give it an A++


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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