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A Storm of Swords: Steel and Snow

(A Song of Ice and Fire #3A)

4.48  ·  Rating details ·  63,933 ratings  ·  1,919 reviews
Winter approaches Westeros like an angry beast.

The Seven Kingdoms are divided by revolt and blood feud. In the northern wastes, a horde of hungry, savage people steeped in the dark magic of the wilderness is poised to invade the Kingdom of the North where Robb Stark wears his new-forged crown. And Robb's defences are ranged against the South, the land of the cunning and
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Paperback, 663 pages
Published April 7th 2001 by HarperVoyager (first published 2000)
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Mitali Robert Baratheon's paternal grandmother was a Targaryen (Rhaelle Targaryen, the youngest daughter of King Aegon V). This means that Robert and his…moreRobert Baratheon's paternal grandmother was a Targaryen (Rhaelle Targaryen, the youngest daughter of King Aegon V). This means that Robert and his brothers were a quarter Targaryen.(less)
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Col
Feb 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm seeing a lot of negative reviews about this book: people complaining about a slow story line and a ridiculously cruel world where anyone can be killed off without a second thought. My response is: if you want a quick, happy clappy mushy book, you need to get yourself to the romance section. Or even better, the young adult section.

My biggest pet peeve in books is feeling that characters are safe. I want people to die. I want people to be miserable. It tells me that the author is serious and
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Kai
Oct 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
"Night falls for all of us in the end, and too soon for some.”

Part 1 of A Storm of Swords was less exciting than it's companions. I grew tired of most of the character's plot lines and couldn't get enough of others. I especially love that we finally get introduced to the Tyrells and the Dornish people. They definitely belong to my favourite characters and make all the events in King's Landing even more exciting.

While I really like Brienne I don't care much for yet another long journey with
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Kristin
Apr 28, 2011 rated it it was ok
Better than the last book, not as good as the first. Altogether an interesting story, but the pace of the series is very slow and if GRRM mentions one more banner/sigil, I'm gonna lose it...
Charlotte May
Oct 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"The world grows a little darker each day."

Still plowing my way through A Song of Ice and Fire! Book 3 part 1 completed! The plots thicken and intermix, a rising host of new characters to cause a stir are introduced and the battles between kings rages on!

Catelyn: with Robb - the King in the North fighting battle after battle. Reeling from the knowledge concerning Winterfell and her two youngest sons, she makes a reckless decision that she hopes will protect her two daughters.

"It was different
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C.G. Drews
Jun 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
OKAY SO I'M DONE PART 1!! I feel a little intimidated since this is, um, a 600-page part one. Oh gosh. What have I done by getting so embroiled in this series?! THERE IS NO ESCAPE.
But I'm supposed to be reviewing this. Right. Let's get on with it.

A Storm of Swords (so far) has been waaaay better than A Clash of Kings. It's faster! More action! More character development! There haven't been many surprising or awful deaths (at least of the main characters). And some of the
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Zoe Artemis Spencer Reid
There is no way I would ever not love any of A Song of Ice and Fire 's book. Once I got obsessed with the first book and love the characters with all my heart, it will goes the same for all its successor. But I have to admit that Part 1 of A Storm of Swords is a bit of slow paced even for a High Fantasy. There are a lot of unnecessary chapters in which the POV dragged in pointless story line, and encounter all these bunch of insignificant characters. Apart from that, this book is fantastic, ...more
✨    jamieson   ✨
“Why would the stars want to look down on such as me?”


A Storm of Swords is definitely a lot slower than it's predecessors. In this book, there's a sense everything is just on the verge of falling apart, like everyone is moving into position and soon there will be utter chaos. So I enjoyed the scheming, the political machinations, the set-ups and the lore that we get throughout this book - but I also found parts of it quite slow.

My favourite part of this book was definitely the backstory and
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Omar Fadel
Sep 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: english
Dark Wings, Dark Words.


This is probably the most less action book in the series by far. But by the end, a lot is happening. Steel and Snow is the first half of A Storm of Swords, the third volume in the series. So its end is just the middle of the book. I am not going to deny, the story-line starts out really boring and slow-paced, but it will pick up its pace soon enough. George R.R. Martin said in a note at the beginning of the book that the opening chapters do not follow the the closing
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Hasham Rasool
I enjoy this book. What an awesome book! Alhamdulillah.

I don't really like the scenes especially sex scenes because I feel there are quite lots of sex scenes in this book. I think I might be unexpected to see these scenes are happening in the first part of A Storm of Swords.

This book grabs my attention from the start to the end. I am hooked in A Song of Ice and Fire series.
Beks Counsell
Sep 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars.

"Old stories are like old friends, she used to say. You have to visit them from time to time."

A Storm of Swords: Steel and Snow (A Song of Ice and Fire #3 Part 1 of 2) was a very enjoyable albeit not very eventful book. Despite this it was very riveting and set the perfect stage for the events taking place in the next book. It's so expertly written that it felt as though I was experiencing everything for the first time even after watching the show. I was constantly on edge and cautious
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Josh
May 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
George R R Martin had fun with this instalment – the evidence is in the dialogue and actions of the characters who manage to find moments of jocularity amidst the chaos of war. Tyrion Lannister is his usual swashbuckling self with a sharper sense of violence honed through bloody battle and everyday dealing with his treacherous domesticated life. Robb Stark breaks an oath and gains comfort of the flesh – a choice sure to have ramifications on the war effort. While King Joffrey continues to echo ...more
Paul
Feb 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-read-2014
Westeros is still in the grip of the War. Joffrey Baratheon holds the Iron Throne, but Robb Stark, Balon Greyjoy and Stannis Baratheon, jostle for their claim with blood and steel. Catelyn Stark has released Jaime Lannister as an exchange for her daughters, Sansa and Arya, who she still believes are at King's Landing. Having been victorious until now, Robb Stark suffers setbacks, and learns that Winterfell has been taken, and his other brothers are now presumed dead.

In the North the Wildlings
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Ylenia
Dec 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ylenia by: Nena
*4.5 stars*

EPIC AS FUCK.
Can't wait to read part two!
Chris
Jul 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After finishing A Clash Of Kings I couldn't contain myself: I had to pick up the first part in The Song of Ice and Fire-series immediately. And... I finished this bad boy in seven days. I loved A Clash Of Kings, but o my god. I can't even begin to explain how much shit goes down in this first volume of the third book (A Storm of Swords is split in two books (in most editions at least), namely: Steel and Snow and Blood and Gold).

"The night is dark and full of terrors, the day bright and
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Sam
Jun 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
This series is amazing. There are still some character's chapters that I dred every time I flip the page. Catelyn and Bran especially. It is still great to see the writing style change between different points of view but knowing how long the chapters are, it is an effort to start every chapter with one of their character names at the beginning. But Jamie, Tyrion, Arya, Samwell and Jon were all constantly exciting. The introduction of two of my favourite characters from the show which is Bad-ass ...more
Kirstine
Apr 18, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed, 1-men, fantasy
It is a good book.
Rationally I know this. And I did enjoy it. There are some great characters, great stories and great writing. It's a very imaginative and epic tale. And it has tons of things I love, like dragons and sword fighting and magic and a huge wall of ice AND WILDLINGS. Rationally I know this.

But.. My emotional response?
Too many characters.
Too many storylines.
Too many things happening in different places.
AHHH. My poor head.

The things is, I care about too few of the PoV characters
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Chris C
May 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*UPDATE: I said I would have to come back to this review and sure enough, having just finished the second part of this story, I can confirm this is without a DOUBT a 5 star book as a whole and probably my favouritebook in the series so far.*

I'm probably going to have to come back to this rating once I've finished the second part of this book. I'm rating this 4 stars for now as I'm basing it purely on what I've read so far, however, it would obviously be unfair to not rate this in line with how I
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Elena
Mar 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yes yes yes! Oh how I love this series!
Ashton Jade Gibbs
A Storm of Sword: Steel and Snow (Part One) – George R.R. Martin



“Martin has captured the imagination of millions.” - Guardian

The above quote which is featured on the front of the book holds so so true. George R.R. Martin is sheer brilliance when it comes to creating an exciting world for readers. Even now, after reading over 2,000 pages of A Song of Ice and Fire, George R.R. Martin is adding details that deepen our knowledge of the land, the history and the people of this spectacular world,
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Janani(ஜனனி)
Thanks to my friends. I need to appreciate their works for trying to spoil me. They watched the series and I'm planning to watch it after reading the books. So you know now, how they threatened to fire the spoilers at me. Sometimes I would be so shocked that I need to know what will happen next immediately as the characters have alternate POVs we won't know until their next. In that case, I will ask them, they will explain so nicely and when I tried to relieve my breath in sigh they would drop ...more
Gregory
New favorite character: Queen of Thorns. Other than that, I thought this book was the worst entry so far. It was so full of characters complaining (I'm giving a hard side-eye to Sam & Davos, especially) & chapters that didn't really go anywhere, plot-wise. Plus, Martin's sex scenes have gone beyond tiresome & have become completely laughable. Dude, where's my male gaze? Oh, it's lingering on Ygritte's/Brienne's/Shae's "teats."

I will say, howevs, that I'm liking what Martin is doing
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Hissa
May 26, 2016 rated it liked it
The first book is still my favorite one:(
Nivedita
THIS WAS EPICCCC!
I cannot wait to read the next one.
Darce
**spoilers**
Also I posted this same review on a different book (the 3rd one) whereas I meant to post it on book 3: part 1, sorry about that!

Another fascinating and captivating book by GRRM with some the best characters ever written about! Realistic characters, a clever storyline and some amazing creatures come to life in this brilliant series.

Storyline so that I remember when I start the next book:
Jon Snow is becoming a spy for the night watch but slowly falling into the life of the wildings,
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Lisa
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Sonja ✧ Badass Wanderer ✧
time slept when swords woke
I'm loving the way the series progresses. There is not a single boring moment. I'm off to Part 2. Ciao.

P.S.
A Song of Ice and Fire is a series that won't disappoint. It only gets better and better. Promise. If you can't accept that as a fact of LIFE then all I've got to say to you is this:
"You know nothing, Jon Snow."

A Song of Ice and Fire (Book Reviews)
1. A Game of Thrones: 5 Great First Stars
2. A Clash of Kings: 5 Royal Stars
3.2 A Storm of Swords Pt. 2: 5
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Laura
Jun 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Sundus
Aug 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The world grows a little darker every day
Adam Woodward
NOTE: When reviewing these books, I will not allow my love of the show to influence the score; if the show is ever mentioned, it will not be for the purpose of comparison.

Due to 'A Storm of Swords' colossal size, the book is split into two parts in the UK: 'Steel and Snow', and 'Blood and Gold'. Because of this, I decided it was unfair to review this book as a complete experience and will instead review it in the same way I might answer the question "So how is it so far?", as I'm technically
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Liz
Oct 09, 2013 rated it liked it
One thing I have to say about reading Martin's 'A Song of Ice and Fire' is that I can never go straight into the next one without getting some literary respite from a few other books first, despite the books always ending on about 20 different cliffhangers.

The novels are well written, and obviously have had an immense amount of work put into the writing. However, firstly they're REALLY complex. Just when you think you've got a handle on all the characters, another 5 pop up from somewhere, who
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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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