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

4.53 of 5 stars 4.53  ·  rating details  ·  276,084 ratings  ·  13,664 reviews
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...more
ebook, 992 pages
Published March 4th 2003 by Bantam (first published August 8th 2000)
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Dec 04, 2013 Nataliya rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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 picke...more
mark monday
it's time again for... A Game of Heroes and Zeroes!
spoilers ahead



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 (...more
First an update on the Direwolf situation
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...more
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...more
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 come back from his booth-browsing and hold our place (he has read all of these already), and i scooted over to the...more
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...more
Dan Schwent
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Ok, so I'm 3 books into this series. 2972 pages. Let's take stock of the Starks:
(view spoiler)...more
Jason Koivu

Gut reaction review:


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...more
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 at this point, reflecting the fact that the War of the Five Kings has not only devastated the small...more
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...more
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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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
I seriously need a "Whoa!" or "WTF?!" shelf for these books. They are seriously in a league of their own when it comes to... well, everything. I just finished, and the last chapter (before the epilogue) literally (and I mean literally) had me reading with wide, disbelieving eyes. This, despite all that I've seen before in these books. And that's a lot.

I love these books, and I am mentally kicking myself for never having read them before. The characters are fantastic, so real they practically st...more
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
Oct 28, 2011 Joyzi rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: not for the faint of heart
Recommended to Joyzi by: Goodreads
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Jesus. Christ. Christ. Jesus.

Best book of the series so far. I have heard that the book series is originally intended as a trilogy, but the story became so complicated that it needs seven books to resolve all the problems and plot issues.

I think that the series is really a complicated story even more complicated than Lord of the Rings. When I started the series I feel that I know who the villains and who the good guys were, but even the characters are complicated. Sometimes they are neither a...more
Jacob McCabe





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


Feb 29, 2008 Collin rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: anyone and everyone who professes to enjoy Fantasy lit
Shelves: fantasysci-fi
This book is George R.R. Martin times 1000. If you liked "Game of Thrones", with its callous treatment of major characters, moral ambiguity, spilling of various fluids and high quotient of badasses, then "A Storm of Swords" will make your head explode. I knew I liked the series prior to reading Storm of Swords; I loved it after this book.

Pacing and plotting are good. There really aren't any slow patches here. Every point of view is engaging and there are revelations all over the place. In the la...more
In my opinion, this is the best book of the series, so far. It was also one of the best books I've ever read. I don't know what else to say except if you love incredible books, you NEED to read this series!
John Wiswell
To those who made it through Clash of Kings, welcome to the Promised Land. On at least five nights this December I regretted having to go to bed rather than read on. The great elements that emerged near the end of the second novel are blossoming, like Catelyn’s sympathy and tale of assistance, Sansa’s coming to terms with reality of royalty, and Daenerys finally looking like she’ll use her dragons and political power. And the worst is passed: no more cutting away from one character’s life-or-dea...more
9 3/4
This is not just a fantasy series anymore. It is more than that. Martin has created an epic masterpiece that left me breathless.

I love this series. I discovered this world at first time through the tv series based on the books and I knew since the first episode I watched that I had to read the books. The first two books were more than amazing. The world that Martin has created is so rich and it has so many perspectives. I loved the characters, I fell in love with the story... I became a fan of t...more
I have come to the conclusion that there are four types of people who read (or at least begin to read) Song of Ice and Fire

1. People who start to read it, get 100 pages in (or a whole first book) before giving up in disgust, throwing the book across the room, and wondering what happened to the (usually) good sense and good taste of the friends who will not stop vehemently recommending these books.

2. People that read them, enjoy them somewhat, but don't get caught up in them and don't think abou
I loved A Storm of Swords!
It is a huge book with it's 1000+ pages, but it never felt like the book was too long because there was so much happening and I just wanted to keep reading.

There are some many twists and turns in this book, some expected but others totally unexpected. I loved all the intrigue, betrayal, fighting that was going on.
All that struggle for power, plotting to take each others land, castle, title, wife or kingdom...

The characters are so well written that I really feel like...more
I started reading Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" series a couple of years ago, and have loved it ever since. It's a gritty, dirty, clever, foul-mouthed, and witty take on the fantasy novel. Martin has no problem killing the characters he knows everyone's fallen in love with (which, ahem, may happen again in this book), and no problem giving crowns and laurels to the most despicable characters around. Martin seems to say: THIS is the real medieval world. This is what it was like. More whores t...more
I have to admit that I'm starting to tire of this series. It's not that the writing isn't good...the books are entertaining and written in a style that is designed to stave off boredom. Mr Martin achieves this by switching to a different main character with every new chapter, thereby weaving the lives of diverse characters together to form the main story. I don't think that his writing has deteriorated (as one might expect in a series in which each instalment is the length of three sturdy books)...more
Another fantastic volume of the series. The character development was excellent. Good or bad - yeah, but human. Some I hated & learned to respect, some I disliked more, but in every case, it was a full blown person, not just a fantasy hero or villain.

The story took some excellent twists & turns, too. I've been reading fantasy for over 40 years & too often anticipate the direction a story HAS to go. Martin breaks the rules or transcends them. The story is so much larger than just the...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,...more
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