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A Storm of Swords

(A Song of Ice and Fire #3)

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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. Together, this series comprises a genuine masterpiece of modern fantasy, destined to stand as one of the great achievements of imaginative fiction.

Of the five contenders for power, one is dead,
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Published 2001 by National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (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 ma…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 (Okuyo) 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 o…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
May 02, 2010 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 p
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Jayson
(A) 88% | Extraordinary
Notes: This is where the story explodes; two outstanding scenes highlight a truly audacious, epic and consequential volume.
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 scar
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Jayson
(A) 88% | Extraordinary
Notes: A tour de force of What the F’s, it’s full of blighted beddings, horrid japes, abrupt escapes, and bloody awful weddings.
Petrik
Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Grimdark and epic fantasy fans
Shelves: favorites
Merciless and brilliant.

This was unbelievably amazing. A Storm of Swords could actually be the height of George R. R. Martin’s writing career. I know I haven’t read A Feast for Crows, A Dance with Dragons, or the extra books of the series yet, but realistically speaking, it would be bloody difficult for Martin to top what he has achieved in this book.

Picture: A Storm of Swords by Marc Simonetti



I’ll try to make this review shorter than usual and I won’t be talking about the story at all to avoid
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Freaking awesome re-read!

**OKAY, SPOILERS FOR THOSE THAT HAVEN'T READ IT YET**



Reading this was cray because I keep looking to see if I had read it before! I thought why is so much of this familiar. Then I thought, "Oh yeah, stupid, you own and have watched all of the current shows!" <--- I mean duh!

I was going to give this one 4 stars because it's the one where they kill more of the Stark's and wolf and I wanted to go in, turn into my own dragon and burn them all down!




but then . . .

THIS ↓




Oh h
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NReads
Apr 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this one. Definitely a favorite.
karen
Nov 08, 2012 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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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 secon
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Matt
Jun 19, 2011 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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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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Sean Barrs
Feb 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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
Jacob McCabe
Oct 26, 2012 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.
Ahmad Sharabiani
A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire #3), 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. A Storm of Swords picks up the story slightly before the end of its predecessor, A Clash of Kings.

The Seven Kingdoms of Westeros are still in the grip of the War of the Five Kings, wherein Joffrey Baratheon and Stannis Baratheon compete for the Iron Thr
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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 thou
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Lyn
Jul 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
DAMN!

It’s like if you buy a muscle car on Friday afternoon and you drive it home some friends come over to look at it and you know and they all know how cool it is. Then on the second day you get to drive it around town and everyone that sees it knows you’ve got a beast, a low growl coming from under the hood. But it’s not until the third day that you arrange to go out onto a track and open it up that you realize what a monster machine you’ve got and even as the speedometer passes 100 you press
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Sara
Jul 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an extraordinary bloodbath of a book, George R R Martin showed no mercy when it came to these characters or our feelings. In one afternoon of reading I witnessed 4 main characters (view spoiler) and countless side and minor characters die - ruthless!
Other than the severe heartache and trauma brought on by the Red Wedding and the Battle at Castle Black this book was a delight to re - read. I loved being back with some of my favourite charact
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Madeline
May 28, 2012 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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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
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Dan Schwent
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megs_bookrack
Feb 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
EPIC.



The epilogue added 5-years to my life.



What else can be, or need be, said?

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Ken-ichi
Nov 25, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, escape
Ok, so I'm 3 books into this series. 2972 pages. Let's take stock of the Starks:
(view spoiler)
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Jason Koivu
Apr 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, fantasy

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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Tatiana
Jun 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Michael Finocchiaro
I enjoyed this 3rd book in the Ice and Fire cycle where we see Martin's writing mature and his character development deepen. There are lots of memorable moments here and it is mostly the subject of S03 and part of S04 of the associated HBO TV show. I preferred it to its two predecessors but enjoyed the last two books even more.
Angela
THAT ENDING.... The middle. .. The beginning.... THAT ENDING. WHAT WHAT JUST HAPPENED.

Tim
Jan 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Storm of Swords is master author Martin at his best. Incredible character development and plots of twists and turns leaves this reader in awe. 10 of 10 stars!
Roya
Dec 22, 2014 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 rec
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Kelly (and the Book Boar)


Okay, not really. There's still a shit-ton more pages after this.
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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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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 Clash of Kings  (A Song of Ice and Fire, #2)
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