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

4.54  ·  Rating details ·  527,383 Ratings  ·  19,494 Reviews
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, another in disfavor, and still the wars rage as al
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Mass Market Paperback, 1177 pages
Published March 4th 2003 by Bantam (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
May 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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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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
Apr 12, 2015 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
Nov 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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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Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ Martin
Feb 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, fantasy-all
**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 happy day! Oh happy day
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Matt
Jun 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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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Bookdragon Sean
Feb 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
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
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.
Dan Schwent
Jan 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Madeline
May 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
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.
Etnik
Apr 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
PERFECTION
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Full review to come!
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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Ken-ichi
Nov 25, 2011 rated it liked it
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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Jason Koivu
Apr 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
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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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 recen
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Angela
THAT ENDING.... The middle. .. The beginning.... THAT ENDING. WHAT WHAT JUST HAPPENED.

Ryan
Sep 06, 2008 rated it really liked it
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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Kelly (and the Book Boar)


Okay, not really. There's still a shit-ton more pages after this.
Nastassja
Aug 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Graham Herrli
Feb 10, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Jul 12, 2010 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 16, 2012 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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Franco  Santos
Sep 01, 2014 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
Jul 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
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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Samra Yousuf
Feb 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Martin is totally blowing my mind right now with this series! This book has been exciting and surprising till the very last word.

Martin has challenged what the reader has come to expect from traditional fantasy books. Most readers are accustomed to reading a hero’s quest, the battle between good and evil, and saving the damsel in distress….there is always a clear hero above reproach and a distinct villain. What I love about this series is the characters are all flawed and Martin makes the reader
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Chelsea
rating: 4.5 stars
This was one of the best books I read in 2016!

"My skin has turned to porcelain, to ivory, to steel."

A Storm of Swords is definitely my favourite in the A Song of Ice and Fire series so far! The events in this one are much more important in the grand scheme of things. So much has happened! Events from the fifth season of the TV show have already happened, I'm amazed. The only reason why I didn't rate this five stars, is because of it's length! Some nights, I didn't even bothe
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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 (1 - 10 of 11 books)
  • A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)
  • A Clash of Kings  (A Song of Ice and Fire, #2)
  • A Storm of Swords: Steel and Snow (A Song of Ice and Fire, #3: Part 1 of 2)
  • A Storm of Swords: Blood and Gold (A Song of Ice and Fire, #3: Part 2 of 2)
  • A Feast for Crows (A Song of Ice and Fire, #4)
  • O Festim dos Corvos (As Crónicas de Gelo e Fogo, #7)
  • O Mar de Ferro (As Crónicas de Gelo e Fogo, #8)
  • A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire, #5)
  • The Winds of Winter (A Song of Ice and Fire, #6)
  • A Dream of Spring (A Song of Ice and Fire, #7)

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