A Storm of Swords

A Storm of Swords

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THE BOOK BEHIND THE THIRD SEASON OF GAME OF THRONES, AN ORIGINAL SERIES NOW ON HBO.

Rarely has there been a tale as gripping, or one as likely to seize the minds and hearts of a generation, as George R. R. Martin's epic high fantasy series. In A Game of Thrones, an ancient kingdom was torn by the ambitions of ruthless men and women; in A Clash of Kings, war, sorcery, and madness swept over the kingdom like a voracious beast of prey. Now, as the brutal struggle for power nears its tumultuous climax, the battered and divided kingdom faces its most terrifying invasion--one that is being spearheaded from beyond the grave. . . .

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. Filled with the stench of death and decay from the destructive dynastic war, Daenerys is gathering allies and strength for an assault on King's Landing, hoping to win back the crown she believes is rightfully hers. But as opposing forces maneuver for the final titanic showdown, an army of barbaric wildlings bent on overwhelming the Seven Kingdoms 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. And as the future of the land hangs in the balance, no one will rest in the quest for victory until the Seven Kingdoms have exploded in a veritable storm of swords. . . . Brilliantly conceived and grand in scope, A Storm of Swords is the incredible tale of a world of harsh beauty and powerful magic, torn by treachery, ravaged by brutality, and consumed by greed and ambition. It portrays a war-torn landscape in which nobles and commoners, heroes and villains, the freeborn and the enslaved, all struggle to survive and to find their destinies...along with the dazzling bounty and wondrous enchantment that was once their birthright in the Seven Kingdoms.
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, 2000.
ISBN: 9780553106633
0553106635
Branch Call Number: SF
Characteristics: 973 p. : maps ; 25 cm.

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BrandonBlanchard
Aug 18, 2017

Always take your wedding vows seriously.

sno_1 Mar 16, 2017

I think it's the best book in the series so far.

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jwhippy
Aug 05, 2016

#3

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marylai8
Jul 12, 2016

Why does he keep killing off the main characters?!! At one point I was so upset I had to put the book down for a week. I guess that is a sign of great writing? I have to say I have thoroughly enjoyed his books...onto the Feast....

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epelto12
Oct 30, 2015

Holy. Poop. That last chapter though.

Great, awesome, amazing. Listening to the audiobook (which is how I "read" this) and watching the show are two similar, yet entirely different experiences. I can't wait for the next book (starting immediately) and for some of the things from Storm of Swords to show up in the HBO show.

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Persnickety77
Nov 17, 2014

Hold onto your pantaloons, this one has the biggest twists of all so far!

FLATEN Aug 17, 2014

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lemonhil Jan 29, 2014

779/1128 pages in, 2 months in, and I am still so enthralled in this series' storyline!

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LaPhenixa
Nov 22, 2013

So many surprises; some were beautifully foreshadowed and others so poorly that the character deaths were hard to accept. The explanations of past events read like footnotes periodically, but I had no other complaints. The characters are distinct and intriguing, and the plot, always engaging.

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HealthNut
Oct 14, 2013

I had hoped for a happy ending, but of course it didn't happen. The book did answer some questions, and brought up some others.

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Nahnsu Jul 09, 2013

"Kings are falling like leaves this autumn.. It would seem our little war is winning itself."- Tyrion

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Octillion
Jun 03, 2013

A harp can be a dangerous as a sword, in the right hands.

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This book is amazing

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