A Storm of Swords: Part 1 Steel and Snow (A Song of Ice and Fire #3)

A Storm of Swords: Part 1 Steel and Snow (A Song of Ice and Fire #3)

by George R. R. Martin


The third volume, part one of A Song of Ice and Fire, the greatest fantasy epic of the modern age. GAME OF THRONES is now a major TV series from HBO, featuring a stellar cast.

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 cruel Lannisters, who have his younger sisters in their power.

Throughout Westeros, the war for the Iron Throne rages more fiercely than ever, but if the Wall is breached, no king will live to claim it.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780006479901
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
Publication date: 04/07/2003
Series: Song of Ice and Fire Series
Pages: 688
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

George R.R. Martin is the author of fourteen novels, including five volumes of A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE, several collections of short stories and numerous screen plays for television drama and feature films. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico


Santa Fe, NM

Date of Birth:

September 20, 1948

Place of Birth:

Bayonne, NJ


B.S., Northwestern University, 1970; M.S., Northwestern University, 1971

What People are Saying About This

‘Nobody does fantasy quite like George R.R. Martin’Sunday Times‘Colossal, staggering… all the intoxicating complexity of the Wars of the Roses or Imperial Rome’SFX‘The sheer mind-boggling scope of this epic has sent other fantasy writers away shaking their heads… Its ambition: to construct the Twelve Caesars of fantasy fiction, with characters so venomous they could eat the Borgias’Guardian

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A Storm of Swords: Part 1 Steel and Snow (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Elliots89 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The more you read of these sets of books the more you get sucked into its world, in this first part of the third installment, life is still difficult for all the characters with the added threat of the advancing north. The only criticism I would have of the book is there may be too many lesser characters, at times it can be confusing on who these numerous knights actually are and what they have done. Overall though a great continuation of the story!
gmehn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Good, but you'll need to have read the first two. I like this, I really do, but it seems like it's sometimes getting a bit tendril-y. As in, too many threads. It can be hard to follow. When it's good, it's brilliant. I'm afraid it may be going down that road of too many plot threads so it¿ going to have to be a dozen books long. One can hope, though. Still and all, worth a read.
trueneutral on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love how consistent RRMartin's writing style is. The book continues the story, or rather the many stories that happen more or less at the same time. It suffers from a bit of a slow start, but you get fair warning. Instead of diving straight into what happened after Book 2 ended, it starts by looking at what happened during the great battles with the other seemingly less important characters.The action picks up afterwards and by the time you get to the end it is obvious that the next book you have to read is A Storm of Swords Part 2: Blood and Gold.
soliloquies on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The world building of this series continues to be on epic proportions, reading about Jon's time with the Wildlings made me realise that Martin has barely scratched the surface of his creation. There was also some nice character development, as there seemed to be a shift in Jaime's attitudes as he struggles to find a new identity for himself. Far better than the second book.
dgbdgb on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The story continues - and highly readable it is as well. Many changes in this book. Loved it.
MSWallack on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It's hard to believe that Martin has been able to keep up the quality of these enormously long and complicated books, but he has. The depth of character development is simply stunning, especially in a genre not always known for characters. And the world that Martin has built is, as I've said before, staggering in its detail. Reading this book while watching the HBO series Game of Thrones (based on the first book in the series) was a lot of fun, especially as I found that the show did a fabulous job of capturing the look of so many of the characters. Most impressively, I suppose, is Martin's ability to continue to surprise me, even as I'm waiting and anticipating the surprises. I'd heard references to a particular scene in this book, but knew little more than the setting at which the scene would take place. Nevertheless, when I finally reached that scene (and boy, I can't wait to see that on HBO), I was still stunned.It's hard to describe just how amazing these books are. I'm sure that many people will refuse to read them because they are "fantasy"; well, those people are doing themselves a disservice.