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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A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire #3) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2757 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
Anonymous 16 hours ago
Great book. Sometimes the story slows down a bit for a chapter, but it picks right back up.
Anonymous 6 months ago
Awesomeness!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Epic continuation of rolling storylines which twist and throw you when you get comfortable in the plot. Characters get deeper and more interesting as the many diverse peoples in the lands deal with blow after blow and yet keep standing to see what light they can in the midst of ever-looming darkness.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read it in 1 week, very well structured.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have had a difficult time putting this book down, nearly 1200 pages and it practically flew by. Some how it is even better than the series, very fun read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The content was focused thrughtout and a great book in genaral. I also liked how he decribes things in vivid detail. So in genaral I really injoyed it and it only took me about 2 days to read the whole series.