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A Storm of Swords: Blood and Gold

(A Song of Ice and Fire (1-in-2) #6)

4.51  ·  Rating details ·  84,794 ratings  ·  2,388 reviews
The Starks are scattered.

Robb Stark may be King in the North, but he must bend to the will of the old tyrant Walder Frey if he is to hold his crown. And while his youngest sister, Arya, has escaped the clutches of the depraved Cersei Lannister and her son, the capricious boy-king Joffrey, Sansa Stark remains their captive.

Meanwhile, across the ocean, Daenerys Stormborn, th
Paperback, 639 pages
Published September 1st 2011 by HarperVoyager (first published August 8th 2000)
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Claudio Yanez Yes, the whole A Storm of Swords book is the sum, one after the other, of the two halves. They have the same maps, and the same information about the …moreYes, the whole A Storm of Swords book is the sum, one after the other, of the two halves. They have the same maps, and the same information about the different Houses.(less)
Annapurna Moffatt Due to length, Book 3 was split into two parts in some countries. Here in North America, the book wasn't split.…moreDue to length, Book 3 was split into two parts in some countries. Here in North America, the book wasn't split.(less)

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Oct 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: people who've read the rest of the series
Recommended to Shovelmonkey1 by: books 1-3 demanded that the fourth was read
Do you remember that bit in the Scream movie where Stu Macher (played by Matthew Lillard), turns to all the other film geeks and sets out the now famed set of rules for surviving a horror film and making it into the sequel? (FYI those rules were: Never have sex. Do not drink and never say “i’ll be right back”)

Well someone should be writing a similar set of rules for the characters in the Song of Fire and Ice Series because, oh boy are these guys in trouble. Despite the numerous sellswords, hedge
Apr 06, 2013 added it

Okay. You know what time it is (besides 9.00 p.m. on a Tuesday night) - ASoIaF gif reaction time!

So, after an extended break after reading A Clash of Kings, it was time to jump into A Storm of Swords.

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And everything was good.

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.. Even the Davos chapters.

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And though slightly spoiled for part of the story, I was entirely unprepared for the feels.

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At first I was all, "This book is DEAD TO ME."

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Then my grief became anger.

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Then resignation..

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Charlotte May
Nov 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
“Night’s King was only a man by light of day...but the night was his to rule. And it’s getting dark.”

This one is definitely a game changer! I’ve never known so many major and minor characters to be killed off in a book - must be some kind of record!
I really can’t say a lot without spoilers. The war for the iron throne is ongoing but it seems being away from the battle can be just as deadly as fighting in it!

“It was not for murder that the gods punished him...but for slewing a guest under his r
Oct 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, 2016
“We look up at the same stars and see such different things.”

God that took me months and months! At first I couldn't find the motivation, then there were other books I desperately wanted to read. So this giant of a book had to wait.
When I finally picked it up again, I finished it in a week. While I had a slow start (I really did not want to read about the Red Wedding), I didn't want to put it down again. The plot thickened and every single chapter was intruiging, even those of the less interesti
Nov 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh my bloody hell and fuck...

Dear George,

I have read A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, and A Storm of Swords one after another and in any spare moment over the last couple of months. As a result, I think that this reality is starting to take over. My emotional involvement in the lives of your characters is reaching an unhealthy depth, and your brutality with them is breaking my motherfucking heart. I just finished ASOS a moment ago, and said motherfucking heart is beating some serious drum an
Nov 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is the ending that book three should have had. The first half, A Storm of Swords: Steel and Snow, just wasn't strong enough to stand on its own. But that's okay as the second half more than makes up for it. From the off, there are bodies. Not just secondary characters either, but people we thought were going to be key players in The Game.

A number of characters get built out a lot more as well. Jamie continues his transition to three-dimensions with the start of a conscience. Stannis starts
C.G. Drews
I DON'T EVEN KNOW HOW TO BEGIN TO REVIEW THIS BOOK. I NEED TO CRY FIRST. SQUALL ACTUALLY, LIKE A MURDERED ZUCCHINI BECAUSE OMG. NO AND YES AND NOOOOOOO. *breaks down* All you really need to know is that every book is better than the last and this is probably my favourite book yet. It was so incredible. So many plot twists. We got answers for questions in bk 1 like a) who killed John Erand and b) who tried to kill Bran with the knife. There were horrific deaths. Like REALLY REALLY BAD. I'm absolu ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
A Storm of Swords: Steel and Snow (A Song of Ice and Fire #3, Part 2 of 2), George R.R. Martin
A Storm of Swords is the third of seven planned novels in A Song of Ice and Fire, a fantasy series by American author George R. R. Martin. It was first published on August 8, 2000, in the United Kingdom,[1] with a United States edition following in November 2000. Its publication was preceded by a novella called Path of the Dragon, which collects some of the Daenerys Targaryen chapters from the novel int
Jul 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2010
My favourite book of the series so far! I will not ruin it for anybody, but this book turned me into an emotional reck in the best and worse possible ways. It gave me moments were I found myself jumping round like a child who actually did get a pony for christmas, moments when I bawled like a baby and finally, moments when I was yelling my head off, threatening to never read another page and swearing like a banshee. This series needs to form part of everyone's life - it is so unpredictable and e ...more
Amy | littledevonnook
Feb 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, adult
I have slowly been making my way through the Song of Ice and Fire series and this has been my favourite of what I have read so far. In case you are wondering I have watched all of the TV show so I do know what is going to happen in the books before I read them but this doesn’t really bother me. I won’t go into detail about the plot of this book as I wouldn’t want to spoil it for anyone but I would definitely recommend to anyone who hasn’t yet picked up the series. All of my favourites characters ...more
Apr 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, 1-men, reviewed

Allow me to finally applaud you, George R.R. Martin without apprehension or dissatisfaction, without a hint of weariness or disappointment. Allow me to finally pass beyond the "I want to love it, but I don't" into "I was swept away by fire and ice and I ascend now as a different woman".

My favourite things about this book:
1) Jon Snow's every move (the light of my heart)
2) Jaime's journey to discover morals, honor and true love

Now, I can't tell you what it was about this i
Hasham Rasool
I think part 2 is a lot better than part 1. I absolutely love this book. Alhamdulillah.

There is an enormous twist in this book.

This book is one of my favourite. Alhamdulillah.
Apr 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: top-50, fantasy
Seven hells...what did I just read?😱🐺

A Storm of Swords or as I call it the wedding book is by far the best book in the series ASOIAF!
Long yes, but for those of you who have watched or heard about the series this book describes the events we have watched both in season 3 and 4 ! Though, I have to say I have read about things they never showed us in the series(YET?) and I'm not talking about about small details, I'm talking about major stuff...Well I can't say anymore without spoiling something..B
Zoe Artemis Spencer Reid
DAMN GOOD!! Nothing is predictable, no main character is safe. Starks bled heavily. Lannisters bled. Winter is coming for everyone. Valar morghulis.
✨    jamieson   ✨
“In King’s Landing, there are two sorts of people. The players and the pieces.”

A Storm of Swords is responsible for so many of the now-iconic moments from Game of Thrones. The Red Wedding, The Purple Wedding, (view spoiler) and so much more.

So it's not surprising this is such a well-loved instalment of the series. I do have to agree with the mas
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Mar 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Even though I knew what was going to happen, I was SO not prepared for any of this. This installment is by far my favourite so far!
Sonja ✧・゚。★・゚☾
"Always keep your foes confused. If they are never certain who you are or what you want, they cannot know what you are like to do next."
This book is pure genius. It made me wince in pain when a few of my favourite characters were murdered. It made me dizzy with joy when my most despised and hated character was murdered. And it made me feel all the little things in between during the whole span of A Storm of Swords.
"Weddings have become more perilous than battles, it would seem."
I loved t
Sep 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Without the distraction of the TV show I’ve promised myself to finally catch up with the rest of A Song of Ice and Fire.
I really don’t know why I’ve been procrastinating so long as these books are amazing!

Even though I’m aware of the game changing elements in this volume, GrrM’s layered writing with plenty of for shadowing is just incredible.

I’m not the biggest fantasy reader but I love the characters and world he has created.
For this volume I decided to limit myself to just a couple of POV’s a

This book is phenomenal. Full of stabbing, gutting, betrayal and a lot. There is bloody battle everywhere. What would happen if there is a war? Just imagine.

Every character has grown a lot but how long would they live, we don’t know. Now I know why George R.R Martin is well known for the characters death. Simply can’t explain my bloody love for this book. I was disappointed with its first part, but man this book surpassed all my expectatio
Eslem Ouederni
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Review to be updated.
Thousands of stars for this book
I can say that A Storm of Swords is the best book in the series so far !
I loved the second part way more because of the things that happened in it, a lot of deaths and actions that I can't lie but love and get angry.

What happened in this book is actually two seasons from the TV show.

This was a brilliant read, I'm so happy about this book like ; I get so happy when I read a masterpiece just like this one.

I can't wait to finish the books
Omar Fadel
Sep 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: english
"A day will come when you think you are safe and happy, and your joy will turn to ashes in your mouth. And you will know the debt is paid."

This volume is the second part of the third of A Song of Ice and Fire and it is definitely the most powerful and page-turning part, by far. Full of fire and blood and really amazing character development. Unlike the first three volumes, I never felt bored or annoyed in any POV chapters. Of course I loved some more than others, but I can't deny that all were b
Dec 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ylenia by: Nena
So many plot twists!
Veronica Morfi
Sep 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Rating: 5/5

This book was absolutely amazing. Granted it's the second part of book 3 so it was expected to have more action and shocking moments than the first part. So many deaths, so many twists and turns, so many freaky and unexpected things. I loved this. I've also watched the third season along side reading this. This one moves the story even further ahead, I am guessing midway through the 4th season for some characters. I really want to see what will happen next, but I don't know when I'll
Sep 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It seems like everything went wrong for everyone in this epic conclusion of A Storm of Swords; The Lannisters 'won' the war but still, they suffered from maiming, deaths, and betrayals.

I absolutely enjoyed this one as I had the previous installments. It seemed to me as if the writing got better, which is weird because the writing has been consistently great throughout. Maybe I am just enjoying the series more and more with each volume?

Once more, I do not find Jon's chapters as riveting as the o
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Angharad (Two Book Thieves)
Mar 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Who would have thought ASOIAF would get me out of a huge reading slump..
May 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved the third book of this series so much! I'm not going into the details of the story because it's too damn complicated to even try to explain it. But I'm going to say few things. George R. R. Martin has a way with words that he can easily describes action scenes very vividly. Plus his language is mighty beautiful.
The characters development is so unreal in this book! It's too damn good to be true. You can see how they grow more into their own skin, how they improve chapter by chapter.
My f
Nov 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
It has taken a while, but Martin's world is finally in its maturity. All of the seeds he has planted in the first two books have grown into cut-throat plots and killer conclusions. Martin's writing style is still dry, but the trials he puts his characters through made me forget that A Storm of Swords isn't perfect. This is the first volume of the Song of Ice and Fire series that I managed to read in little over two weeks - usually these take me at least a few months. My favourite book in the ser ...more
Aug 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Jaime Lannister sends his regards.”

Simply genious. This book is composed of political intrigue, cunning lords, unexpected alliances, heart-breaking betrayals and shocking battles- in a nutshell everything that makes A Song of Ice And Fire one of the best fantasy series ever. George R.R. Martin is an expert in plot twists and here he puts his talent in good use; you’ll never see the next death coming.

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George Raymond Richard "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 chil

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