A Storm of Swords: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book Three (Google eBook)

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Random House LLC, Mar 4, 2003 - Fiction - 992 pages
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THE BOOK BEHIND THE THIRD SEASON OF GAME OF THRONES, AN ORIGINAL SERIES NOW ON HBO.

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 the Seven Kingdoms have exploded in a veritable storm of swords. . . .


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The story lines are great but the writing; not so much. - Goodreads
Plot wise, this is easily Martin's best work. - Goodreads
Some good advice, don't pick a favorite. - Goodreads
The plotting, the characterization, jesus god, so good. - Goodreads
Excellent plot progression. - Goodreads
Mr. Martin's writing style has grown on me immensely. - Goodreads

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

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Holy cow, Batman! I can see now why HBO decided to break this book into two seasons. Had they aired this as one massive season, HBO would've had to sponsor many a therapy session for it's fans new to ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Lisa - Goodreads

This is the longest volume of A Song of Ice and Fire so far, at almost 300 pages longer than A Clash of Kings, and there are naturally a lot of significant plot points here. Most notably, there are ... Read full review

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Contents

Praise for A Game of Thrones A Clash of Kings and A Storm of Swords
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PROLOGUE
Chapter 68
THE KINGS AND THEIR COURTS THE KING ON THE IRON THRONE
THE KING IN THE NORTH THE KING OF THE TRIDENT
THE KING IN THE NARROW
THE QUEEN ACROSS THE WATER
Copyright

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About the author (2003)

George R.R. Martin sold his first story in 1971 and has been writing professionally since then. He spent ten years in Hollywood as a writer-producer, working on The Twilight Zone, Beauty and the Beast, and various feature films and television pilots that were never made. In the mid ‘90s he returned to prose, his first love, and began work on his epic fantasy series, A Song of Ice and Fire. He has been in the Seven Kingdoms ever since. Whenever he’s allowed to leave, he returns to Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he lives with the lovely Parris, and two cats named Augustus and Caligula, who think they run the place.


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