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

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

by George R. R. Martin


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ISBN-13: 9780553106633
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/31/2000
Series: Song of Ice and Fire Series
Pages: 992
Sales rank: 32,072
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 9.60(h) x 2.10(d)

About the Author

George R. R. Martin is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of many novels, including the acclaimed series A Song of Ice and Fire—A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, A Feast for Crows, and A Dance with Dragons—as well as Tuf Voyaging, Fevre Dream, The Armageddon Rag, Dying of the Light, Windhaven (with Lisa Tuttle), and Dreamsongs Volumes I and II. He is also the creator of The Lands of Ice and Fire, a collection of maps from A Song of Ice and Fire featuring original artwork from illustrator and cartographer Jonathan Roberts, and The World of Ice & Fire (with Elio M. García, Jr., and Linda Antonsson). As a writer-producer, Martin has worked on The Twilight Zone, Beauty and the Beast, and various feature films and pilots that were never made. He lives with the lovely Parris 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

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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. As a whole, this series comprises a genuine masterpiece of modern fantasy, bringing together the best the genre has to offer. Magic, mystery, intrigue, romance, and adventure fill these pages and transport us to a world unlike any we have ever experienced. Already hailed as a classic, George R. R. Martin’s stunning series is destined to stand as one of the great achievements of imaginative fiction.
A Storm of Swords
Of the five contenders for power, one is dead, another in disfavor, and still the wars rage as violently as ever, as alliances are made and broken. Joffrey, of House Lannister, sits on the Iron Throne, the uneasy ruler of the land of the Seven Kingdoms. His most bitter rival, Lord Stannis, stands defeated and disgraced, the victim of the jealous sorceress who holds him in her evil thrall. But young Robb, of House Stark, still rules the North from the fortress of Riverrun. Robb plots against his despised Lannister enemies, even as they hold his sister hostage at King’s Landing, the seat of the Iron Throne. Meanwhile, making her way across a blood-drenched continent is the exiled queen, Daenerys, mistress of the only three dragons still left in the world....
But as opposing forces maneuver for the final titanic showdown, an army of barbaric wildlings arrives from the outermost line of civilization. In their vanguard is a horde of mythical Others--a supernatural army of the living dead whose animated corpses are unstoppable. As the future of the land hangs in the balance, no one will rest until theSeven Kingdoms have exploded in a veritable storm of swords. . .
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A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire #3) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2775 reviews.
JGolomb More than 1 year ago
I'm almost out of breath after completing George RR Martin's "Storm of Swords", the third in his Fire and Ice series. Each chapter is like its own short story with its own little cliffhanger. Martin's characters are dramatic, melodramatic, genuine, realistic, and so bold and colorfully drawn that I find myself thinking about them in between readings. After each book I've needed to take a little breather, but find myself drawn back to the stories and the characters' individual and interconnected dramas, desperate to find out what's happened next, while enjoying the immersion in Martin's world. While some of Martin's characters are clear 'black hats', and some are 'white'...there's more 'gray' than anything else, which adds to the realism of the ever-changing qualities that the characters display. Some of the black hats start moving toward white, and some of the white drift towards the black. Like real life, few of Martin's story lines have true endings. Even when a character is killed, the ramifications are often far reaching and impact Martin's landscape across multiple books in the series. One couldn't really get their arms around 'Storm of Swords' without having the background of the previous two books. The author doesn't pander to one looking for detailed background and reminders. He relies on the memories of the reader to connect the dots until Martin's good and ready to connect them outright. This is the first book in the series that really takes a full leap into fantasy, whereas the first two were more medieval historical novels set in an otherworldly location. Martin introduces some of the evil that's been threatening from the north - Giants, Mammoths, Shadowcats, and the living dead. There's a sprinkle of magic from Melisandre and her Lord of the Light. And oh yeah, and the three dragons with their mother Daenerys, are threatening Westeros from the East. What drives this series are the characters and storylines. And there are a lot of each. Martin chews through pages like a direwolf through a deer, but things are never dull, and the storylines never dry up. The final 300+ pages absolutely fly by. I'm not a fantasy reader. But I love this series. And book three is as solid, deep and satisfying as the previous two.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Luckily for me, I came into the series really late, as in just this past summer. When my boyfriend dumped me, my sister practically shoved A Game of Thrones in my hand as a balm to get me over the worst of it. Better than drugs, more addictive than crack, I seriously couldn't put the book down. I let my dad drive my truck back from Atlanta just so I could continue reading it. Wonderfully intricate politics, characters that you can't decide to hate or love, lush settings, and, through it all, a master story teller plies his trade with expertise. You spend half your time wondering whether or not you should hate someone, never to be given a definate yes or no in most cases, strangely like real life here. The two characters I have been steadfast in my regard for are Arya and Sansha. Arya simply because she is a Stark and she is, by god, going to DO something about this mess (and I love strong tomboy characters). I loathe Sansha as strongly as I love Arya...anyone who gives up their wolf and turns their back on their family gets what they deserve...but I do feel sorry for her. She got caught in a web of her own making...but no one really deserves Jeoffrey. Love these books and I have made most of my friends read the series as well. We are now waiting anxiously for the new one even as we continue to argue the old ones.
theReader278 More than 1 year ago
I loved reading this wonderful book! It is a story that keeps you entertained for hours.
Guest More than 1 year ago
tired of the same old, same old? good guy meets bad guy,.. good guy fights bad guy, good guy wins.. the end.. This series will turn and flip and spin you around. Who is good , who is bad? at what point do charecters cross the line. Main charecters, getting killed off! no.. but yeS!! every page is a nerve racking spine tingle suspense filled joy. This is not to say that it is a harsh book with no redeming qualites of love,hope, goodnes and light . not at all but if your tired of always knowing who will win and what will happen . Read this book P.S. Defiantly start with book one
WonderMoose More than 1 year ago
Having read all of the first three books I have never been disappointed by the constant page turning action, heart-felt characters, and gripping plot. This is possibly the best Fantasy series in existence. The tragedy is that it is incomplete. Even though the books have been amazing thus far... I'm hesitant to move on to the next book while knowing it leads nowhere. I sincerely hope that George will one day bestow on us the final chapters of this truly epic story.
HappyReaderOR More than 1 year ago
Love this series. Read the first one before the show came out on HBO and have since read books 2, 3 and 4. Great epic tale - has kept my interest.
thecollector0 More than 1 year ago
this is a good series with many characters that you want to follow to find out more of the story. I thoroughly enjoyed this book as well as the others in the series, and again cannot wait to read the next one.
GloveSlipper More than 1 year ago
Let me first state that I love this series. These books are wonderful for escaping on a snowy night. The characters, good or bad, continue to forge a place in your heart. The books have everything you would want from a work of fiction, except. This series is sad. Without any specific spoilers I can say that there is not one thing that has happened in this series that makes you feel good. Even when a character falls in love there is an underlying issue that makes the love a bad idea. The characters you care about are put through one horrific event after another and most of the characters are children. I know the series is far from finished but at this point, every single chapter you can rest assured that the characters you love will have nothing good happen to them. Read this series but take a break in between books. There is no rush as the author has very little interest in finishing the series quickly. Otherwise, the chapters begin to feel like a depressing grind.
Guest More than 1 year ago
George R.R. Martin has that talent of writing that keeps you on the edge. Some moments you have to resist skipping pages justg to see how something turns out. Other times you want to put the book down because you are dreading what might happen next. Amazing. I only wish other reviewers would STOP explaining the whole book and spoiling the book for new readers!
Linus_Lexington More than 1 year ago
George R. R. Martins final book in his "A Song of Ice and Fire" trilogy is a well thought out ending to the incomplete lives of the character of the Seven Kingdoms. I thought his trilogy was outstanding; I was enraptured by the twists and turns. However, Martin is some what reminicent of "The Wheel of Time Series" with his detailed discription of events, which to a reader can sometimes get monotonous. Martin writes a massive amount of characters into the plot and sometimes it is frustrating to jump from one character to another character doing something completly unrelated. I found myself on a occasion skipping through and just reading one characters' chapters through out the book. Martin masterfully builds up character just to eliminate them from the story; it really inspires a emotional responce from the reader. I recommend this book to heavy readers and fantasy addicts. you will be surprised many times over with the plot.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Arya bounces back and forth like a ping pong ball in a series of undescriptive landscapes, Sansa becomes a less sympathetic character than in the first 2 books because the author fails to bring any depth to her personality, Robb is 16 going on 40 going on 12 and we don't get into him much either, Bran's just boring- his conversation is about as stimulating as Hodor's, and Rickon... Rickon who? I'll probably wait and skip to book 6, if I live long enough, and won't have missed anything but the dragons' Senior Prom and a lot of names that take up a half a page, but have no basis in the story. Can't anyone write a good book anymore and just wind it up? I love fantasy, but the writing of encyclopedic works is becoming a habit. If you need a geneology listing in the back of the book, there are way too many characters. Period. At least some of the series writers know how to come to some kind of partial conclusion at the end of each book... Get on with it already. Let's find out who Jon's mother really is (some queen, no doubt), legitimize him, give him the durned crown and be done with it. Jordan's books went decidedly downhill after 3. Martin started early.
MissQ3 More than 1 year ago
Have read all the books in this series to date and can't wait for the next one. You would think after all those pages George would be running out of steam but A Storm of Swords was every bit as delicious to read as the others. What a brilliant writer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was pretty sad and alot of drastic things that you don't expect. But, all in all it is a great book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i intially started reading this series on the recommendation of my uncle and was definately not disappointed. a good plot, likeable characters, and some villains you can't help but like, this book has it all. but one thing really upset me...my favorite characters keep getting killed! i understand that it's a book about war, and that leaders in war more often than not end up dead, but some of the deaths in this book ticked me off!! but as long as jon and arya don't die, i'll keep reading the series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'A Song of Ice and Fire' is one of my new favorite series. And 'A Storm of Swords' has so far been my favorite in the series. The character developments are phenomenal, and Martin really pulls out all the stops. The line between good vs. evil does not really exist in these books. There is so much more gray area. If you were interested in reading this series I certainly would recommend it, just be prepared for alot of detail and characters. I have to keep character tabs in mine so I can remember what happens to each character after their chapter ends (if you've read these books you know what I mean)! Definitely not for children/young adults.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Kudos to Mr. Martin for crafting such a compelling, heart-wrenching read. He is not afraid to have bad things happen to the main characters, even killing those we've grown to love. Yes, as some of the other reviewers have complained, he does create some truly evil characters that inflict horrors on innocent children, but this is a novel of war. War breeds atrocity, and George R.R. Martin doesn't shy away from the truth of such matters. Just because something falls into the fantasy genre does not mean it consists of unicorns and happy endings. I would recommend this series to anyone who enjoys a dense, gritty epic with dashes of hope interspersed throughout.
Guest More than 1 year ago
George Martin's book A Storm of Swords is one of the great fantasy books of literature. The story is excellently thought out and the plot is subversive. If there is a better fantasy book with a series I would like someone to show me it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you like Jordan youll love these, my i believe hes one of the best authors ever to date
rbtwinky on LibraryThing 29 days ago
I feel a little conflicted about this book. It was definitely a good book, but a lot of unexpected and to some extent disappointing things happened. It¿s difficult to like this book. It was really hard to see all the pain that Tyrion went through in this book, especially when he seemed to turn pretty cruel at the end. Also, many in the Stark family got jacked in this book, and I don¿t like seeing that either. The introduction of Jaime as a point-of-view character was interesting. So far he has been looked at as a pretty cruel type, but that really got changed in this book. Of course, his character changed pretty drastically too.
Arctic-Stranger on LibraryThing 29 days ago
This is a long book, and I finished it. But I have to admit that at times I was really wondering why I was spending so much time in it. Just as you think you know where things are going, who is going to live and who is going to die, Martin turns it all around. More than once I was disappointed in the outcome of an event. But then, what is what kept me reading. I never figured out, and after three looooong books, still do not know where Martin is taking all this. Sigh. I guess I need to start on volume four....
weirweaver on LibraryThing 29 days ago
This is the best fantasy series I've read in years. Martin never loses hold of the story.
veevoxvoom on LibraryThing 29 days ago
I don¿t think George RR Martin can be made out of flesh and blood like the rest of us normal folk. His DNA must be coded with pure ridiculous awesomeness. I mean, seriously, just as I didn¿t think A Song of Ice and Fire could get better, it does.A Storm of Swords picks off where the first two books in the series leave it. The Seven Kingdoms has been split by the vying factions of various kings: Joffrey on the Iron Throne, Stannis across the narrow sea, Daenerys in exile, Robb in the north, and anybody else that happens to eye the crown. War has broken out, and political treachery and blood lie thick across the continent of Westeros. So much happens in this book that I really can¿t provide an adequate plot summary, but as usual, George RR Martin writes with a sort of ruthless realism that makes you understand just how brutal life can be in a medieval setting. There are no prancing ponies here, but tragedy and betrayal and moments that make your eyes pop out of your head and you think: did he really just do that? No way!It¿s a complex tapestry, the Seven Kingdoms. Characters lie and cheat and love and fight, and this book was just peppered with fantastic moments, from Daenerys and the Unsullied to Oberyn Martell¿s revenge for his sister. I have to admit that not all the characters interested me to the same degree, and I much preferred those in the south to those in the north, but that didn¿t diminish my overall enjoyment. Now I¿m off to read A Feast for Crows and impatiently wait for A Dance with Dragons to come out. Good stuff.
Cecrow on LibraryThing 29 days ago
This is the highlight of the series so far (although the first two books are necessary to appreciate it). The most astonishing scene in the series, and significant changes in the balance of power. Pure magic.
elbakerone on LibraryThing 29 days ago
In Storm of Swords, George R.R. Martin delivers another amazing verse of his epic Song of Fire and Ice series (Game of Thrones, Clash of Kings). The dimensions of Martin's world are constantly increasing as are the lives of his characters. Martin's great strength is the growth and maturity of characters that joined the story as children and also his revelations of back-stories that bring depth (and sympathy) to formerly one-dimensional villains. As always though, nothing is certain as unexpected twists and turns drive the plot to shocking climaxes - with marriages, deaths, alliances and betrayals that even the most astute readers will find unexpected. A series of the scope that Martin has designed in these novels requires a significant commitment from readers but loyal fans will not be disappointed by this installment and will eagerly reach for Feast of Crows when they are done.
Joycepa on LibraryThing 29 days ago
3rd in the series A Song of Fire and Ice.I may have to start believing commercial reviews, most of which I view as self-serving advertisements that have almost no bearing on the book they¿re touting. But in this case, again they¿re right on--the 3rd in the Song of Fire and Ice series outdoes the other two, and that¿s nigh impossible.The situation basically is the same, except that one of the contenders for the Iron Throne on which Jeffrey, Robert¿s putative son, sits, is dead, murdered in a chilling way as we see more of the fantasy element come into the series. The war intensifies in its savagery. Dragons have re-appeared in the world. Living dead, along with wildlings, threaten to overrun the north.All in a monster book over 1100 pages long.Martin uses the same structure of multiple narrators in short, fast-paced segments to keep the excitement high. At one point I thought, ¿This is like some very high-class soap opera!¿, and the series does start to have that feel as you whip from one narrator to another, sometimes with no seeming relevance to the story at hand. Familiar characters with whom we have identified disappear, and new ones arise. All are well-drawn, have their own voices, and are believable in their actions, no matter how noble or depraved they may be.But it is terrific stuff, the best of its kind I have ever read. Highly recommended.