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

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GAME OF THRONES: A NEW ORIGINAL SERIES, NOW ON HBO.
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 p
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Hardcover, 1177 pages
Published March 4th 2003 by Perfection Learning (first published August 8th 2000)
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Mitali It's a little annoying. In the book, Robb marries Jeyne for the sake of honour - he doesn't want to dishonour the girl he slept with by refusing to…moreIt's a little annoying. In the book, Robb marries Jeyne for the sake of honour - he doesn't want to dishonour the girl he slept with by refusing to marry her. On the show, Robb marries Talisa just because she's hot. I think the former makes for a better and more interesting motivation. It also ties Robb to Ned: both father and son are overly concerned with honour.(less)
Aaron Toponce I found "A Feast for Crows" to be the worst book in the series to date (5 books) and "A Dance with Dragons" to be the best. With that said, "A Storm…moreI found "A Feast for Crows" to be the worst book in the series to date (5 books) and "A Dance with Dragons" to be the best. With that said, "A Storm of Swords" is probably my 2nd favorite book in the series.(less)
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Nataliya
Dec 04, 2013 Nataliya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of GRRM and epic unpredictable fantasy
Recommended to Nataliya by: Vera

This book made me want to throw it against the wall in anger and disbelief. It made me root for the death of a child (and then despise myself), love a hated character, cry angry tears, and bite my nails because of all the suspense.


**Pictograhically, all of the above was happening to me.**

I did not throw the book across the room. Instead, I put it aside and stared at the wall for a few minutes in grief and disbelief. If you read this, you know which part I am talking about *SOBBING* Then I pick
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mark monday
it's time again for... A Game of Heroes and Zeroes!
spoilers ahead
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HEROES

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he's the Revenant Robin Hood, leader of a band of merry men whose purpose is to steal from the wicked, give to the needy, ransom the royalty, hang the bad guys, and maybe get laid some. Lord Beric comes equipped with a nifty super-power (courtesy of the Lord of Light, 'natch)... he gets to come back from the dead! unfortunately, his various hideous wounds get to come back with him. but so what... all those scars (
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Kat Stark
Feb 29, 2016 Kat Stark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


First Book: A Game of Thrones
Second Book: A Clash of Kings

I finally finished! After months of reading, despite that, this was amazeballs!

See, I have this thing called bibliolangphobia (which is a word I just made up) that means I have a fear of long books. Books that are well over 1,000 pages. Yes, I shiver. I get paranoid. I make sure I’m in a well lit room and that my reading glasses are glued to my face. It’s a serious condition. I rarely overcome my fears, but with the A Song of Ice and Fi
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Jessi
First an update on the Direwolf situation
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I still do not have one...sadface.

This series !!! What can I say I am loving it! I don't know if I was just sick of everything else or just needed the escape but I am soooooo enjoying.

The great thing is that I am on the third book and its not like I can't say which book I like better, which was weaker they are one long story that come in three(so far for me) packages.

Its not like Indiana Jones. Where we say" man I love Indiana Jones but... that second o
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Mohammed Arabey
Aug 27, 2016 Mohammed Arabey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
وسط إنشغال الملوك بلعبة العروش، تعم الفوضي في البلاد
يحاط الشعب بين سيوف الخارجين عن القانون وأعدائهم
بين غيوم عواصف شتاء قادم، وعاصفة السيوف

عاصفة السيوف أو كما ترجمته 'صليل الصوارم' الأنشودة الثالثة من أغنية الجليد والنار

جزء أضخم مما سبق، ملحمي ،ملئ بالتطورات والمفاجآت الدموية..والشاعرية


ليثبت جورج آر آر مارتين أن سلسلته تحوي بجانب الدراما والحرب، الرعب والفانتازي والسحر..شيئا من الرومانسية
فبهذا الجزء بجانب أغاني السيوف وصليل الصوارم ,هناك أغنيات مليئة بالمشاعر ، لا أستطيع أن اجزم بأنها كلها رومان
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karen
Jun 15, 2014 karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
HAPPY SEASON 4 FINALE EVE, NERDIES!!! (view spoiler)

success! i have managed to read this book without getting spoiled ahead of time!! so - ha! to you nerds talking loudly in my sci-fi section about the plot!! i ran to the history wall and hummed loudly until they left. ha! to that jerk at BEA telling his colleagues every. single. thing. that happened in the third book while he stood behind me in that justin cronin line!! i made greg
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Candace
Each one of these humongous books has managed to completely captivate me. I have loved listening to the characters evolve with this series as their fantastical world changes around them. Nothing is off-limits and nobody is sacred. As anxious as it makes me, the fact that I never know what to expect next is a big plus for me. When you read as much as I do, it is rare to be surprised, but Mr. Martin manages to keep me guessing.

While the second book had multiple kings rising to power and fighting f
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Matt
Apr 26, 2016 Matt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This year (2011) has been rough for those of us who count ourselves Minnesota Twins fans. A few weeks ago, however, I watched Francisco Liriano nearly pitch a perfect game. Earlier in the season, Liriano pitched a no-hitter, which was a bright spot in an otherwise unremitting series of losses, injuries, and disappointment. But this was different. This meant more. This was a perfect game (and you can’t get better than perfect).

The announcers, with no regard for karma, started talking about the p
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Bookworm Sean
When I first read A Game of Thrones I hated Jaime Lannister. Now, I think he’s awesome. If someone would have told me then, that by book three I would consider him one of my favourite characters, I’d have likely pushed them out of the moon door. It’s quite surprising that George R.R Martin actually changed him around like this. Well, I say change around. What I actually mean is showed the reader what he actually is. Never before, with any novel, have I had my feelings of pure hatred completely ...more
Cassy
Martin outdid himself. And honestly, he didn’t have to try so hard. I was already going to give him five stars for this scene alone: (view spoiler)

Have you ever seen a car accident? Not the aftermath that messes up traffic, but the actual event itself? Having driven in both Atlanta and Houston’s rush hour, I’ve seen a handful. It’s horrible horrible horrible. There is that signature sound when thous
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Jacob McCabe
Apr 27, 2013 Jacob McCabe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
THAT ENDING. OH MY FREAKING GOD.

AND SANSA. WITH THE LITTLEFINGER THING.

AND DANAERYS. WITH...EVERYTHING.

AND TYRION. WITH THE SHAE THING. AND HIS FATHER.

AND JON. WITH THE WALL. AND THE WILDLINGS. AND THE OTHERS. AND YGRITTE.

AND BRAN. WITH...just kidding, no one cares about Bran.

AND CATELYN. WITH HER PROBLEMS, AS THEY ARE A-PLENTY.

OH MY FREAKING GOD.
Dan Schwent
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Full review to come!
Madeline
Jun 14, 2012 Madeline rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
PREVIOUSLY, ON A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE: A ton of dudes came up out of the woodwork to fight over a stupid crown, lots of people died, lots of people killed lots of people, there was consensual sex and a lot more rape, some hookers and mercenaries, and life continued to be utterly terrible for anyone with the last name Stark. Also there are fucking dragons and ice-zombie-monsters, don't forget about those! It only gets more fun from here, boys and girls.

So with that in mind, lets check in with ou
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K.
Dear George R. R. Martin,

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No, wait! I didn't mean it!

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YES I DIIIIID!!

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Sincerely,

K.
Jason Koivu
May 16, 2013 Jason Koivu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction

Gut reaction review:

WTF!!!


Post blown-gasket review:

A Storm of Swords should be called A Storm of Suitors for all the matchmaking going on through out. I'm not complaining, mind you. It's all handled with a touch (or sometimes a bludgeoning) of intrigue to keep it interesting.

Ah yes, the soap opera continues, and much of it this tome around is about who weds who in hopes of attaining which castle or what lands. The court intrigue of lords and ladies is good and all, but I doubt it would've kept
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Ken-ichi
Dec 11, 2011 Ken-ichi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: escape, fantasy
Ok, so I'm 3 books into this series. 2972 pages. Let's take stock of the Starks:
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Melanie
1.) A Game of Thrones
2.) A Clash of Kings



#readASOIAF Read-Along - Hosted by Riley from Riley Marie, Elizabeth from Liz Loves Literature, and Kayla from BOOKadoodles.

This book is heart-wrenching, and not just because this book contains the Red Wedding, but because this book leaves you with a sense of hopelessness. Many of these characters with good hearts and souls have such terrible things happen to them, while liars and killers prosper. Sometimes having a heavy pocketbook is more important t
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Roya
Apr 26, 2016 Roya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Second read on 19/03/2016 - 26/04/2016

I haven't been reading as much as I would like to these days. Aside from this series, which is more of a commitment than anything else, I rarely reach for other books. Perhaps it's because I'm reading nonfiction, but I rarely feel enthusiastic about reading. So far the reading year hasn't been amazing. And I don't think it has to do with the books, but my inability to enjoy them as I used to. Nevertheless, I've noticed that all the books I've re-read recen
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Angela
THAT ENDING.... The middle. .. The beginning.... THAT ENDING. WHAT WHAT JUST HAPPENED.

Nastassja
Aug 08, 2011 Nastassja rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Ryan
Dec 29, 2015 Ryan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So I know Empire is the best film in the trilogy because I've seen it a hundred times, but it's a different thing to choose the best book in a series. Unfortunately, I've only read George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire books twice (and actually only the first three novels at this point). So who can say how A Storm of Swords will be remembered?

The focus of the series becomes a bit fragmented, reflecting the fact that the War of the Five Kings has not only devastated the smallfolk but has a
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Graham Herrli
Several aspects of this book make me want to give it only one star, several push me to rate it closer to the opposite end of the spectrum. I give it just over three stars.

On the one-star end:

The writing style grates. Opening to a random page, I find "green as the summer grass" and "caught between the hammer and the anvil." Opening to any other page would provide similar cliches. The book could be shortened without removing substance: long lists of knights names and heraldry may mean something to
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Jim
Oct 09, 2011 Jim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
A Storm of Swords, by author George R.R. Martin, is the third installment in the 'A Song of Ice and Fire' series, and has become a must-read series for fantasy enthusiasts at this point.

The Battle of the Blackwater is finished, but the Seven Kingdoms are hardly at peace. This story continues with the aftermath of the slaughter outside the walls of King's Landing and the ongoing campaigns of the kings to lay claim to Westeros. Tywin Lannister has arrived at King's Landing to take control of the
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mrsj
Jun 22, 2012 mrsj rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is brutal.
This book is cruel .
This book holds no punches .
If you are looking for a fairy tale story where the prince meets the princess and they live happily ever after? NOT HAPPENING IN THIS BOOK.

The twists, the betrayals, the change of events will shocked you (view spoiler), stunned you, rocked your world, crushed you down and leaving you asking for more!

An enchanting tale that Mr George R.R Martin had given us.

The talks on rape are tamer t
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Kelly (and the Book Boar)


Okay, not really. There's still a shit-ton more pages after this.
Franco  Santos
Feb 17, 2015 Franco Santos rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tormenta de Espadas es un libro que me atrapó desde la primera página. Es increíble. Muy intenso, desgarrador y es imposible soltarlo. Sus 1200 carillas se pasan rapidísimo, y cuando lo terminás sentís un vacío inmenso.

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El enano se ha levantado de entre los muertos. Y mira, está aún más feo que antes, corre y cuéntaselo a tus amigas.

En muchas partes me dejó literalmente boquiabierto. Martin con este libro llegó a su punto cumbre, al momento álgido de la historia, por ahora. Tantas muertes, tanto
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Ben Babcock
N.B.: As with my review of A Clash of Kings, I will avoid spoilers for this book but not for previous books.

We had a good thing going back in the beginning of A Game of Thrones. Robert Baratheon was King of Westeros, and while he wasn't a great guy, at least the kingdom was stable. Then he died and it all went to hell. Now we have more kings than castles. Joffrey and Stannis both lay claim to the Iron Throne, and Robb Stark has managed to get himself declared the King in the North and anger both
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Laz
Mar 30, 2015 Laz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone, really
BLOODY HELL THIS WAS PERFECT.

This book had me in the beginning like:



Then everyone started dying and it was a mix of:

This



And this



And then I read the last 4 chapters and I was like:



What I loved about this book was the fact that it never, not even for a second, made you think of the tv series. I felt like reading and experiencing all these effing events for the first time even though I've watched all of the seasons of the tv series.

This book had an edge that the first book had but the second l
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Mike (the Paladin)
Okay, first a word on my feelings about epic fantasy. In general, I like it. There are epic fantasies that I dearly love. There are multivolume books that I keep around just in case I want to re-read them or in some cases re-re-re-re-re-read them. There are others that started out well and then faded, or even crashed and burned. I loved the first six volumes of Jordan's Wheel of Time. I still think it could have been one of the great epics of all time, but (in my opinion) it failed badly and whi ...more
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George R. R. Martin was born September 20, 1948, in Bayonne, New Jersey. His father was Raymond Collins Martin, a longshoreman, and his mother was Margaret Brady Martin. He has two sisters, Darleen Martin Lapinski and Janet Martin Patten.

Martin attended Mary Jane Donohoe School and Marist High School. He began writing very young, selling monster stories to other neighborhood children for pennies,
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A Song of Ice and Fire (7 books)
  • A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)
  • A Clash of Kings  (A Song of Ice and Fire, #2)
  • A Feast for Crows (A Song of Ice and Fire, #4)
  • A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire, #5)
  • The Winds of Winter (A Song of Ice and Fire, #6)
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