A Storm Of Swords by George R. R. Martin

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36 Critic Reviews

The third volume of the high fantasy saga that began with A Game of Thrones and continued in A Clash of Kings is one of the more rewarding examples of gigantism in contemporary fantasy...The complexity of characters such as Daenarys, Arya and the Kingslayer will keep readers turning even the vast number of pages contained in this volume...
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

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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About George R. R. Martin

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GEORGE R. R. MARTIN's Song of Ice and Fire series, beginning with A Game of Thrones (Bantam, 1996), are among the top-selling fantasy novels of this generation and is now an HBO series that will began airing in 2011. He lives in New Mexico.
 
Published March 4, 2003 by Bantam. 1216 pages
Genres: Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books. Fiction
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Critic reviews for A Storm Of Swords
All: 36 | Positive: 33 | Negative: 3

Kirkus

Below average
Sep 15 2000

The downside...is daunting: the impossibility of remembering who’s who or what’s what, plus the lack of a synopsis

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Jul 02 2015

The third volume of the high fantasy saga that began with A Game of Thrones and continued in A Clash of Kings is one of the more rewarding examples of gigantism in contemporary fantasy...The complexity of characters such as Daenarys, Arya and the Kingslayer will keep readers turning even the vast number of pages contained in this volume...

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Tor

Good
Reviewed by Elio and Linda on Mar 10 2011

It’s not just that he doesn’t pull punches, but that he writes viscerally, feeling what’s happening, evoking it on the page, and bringing it to life for his readers. And that, Linda and I think, is why George R.R. Martin has written one of the best novels—and series—of the last decade.

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SF Site

Excellent
Reviewed by Wayne MacLaurin

Given how many characters and stories he is juggling, this speaks volumes about Martin's skill as a writer.

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Book Buzz

Excellent
Reviewed by Caryn Rupert on Jun 03 2012

If you haven’t read the series yet, I’d highly recommend it.

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BookIdeas.com

Good
Reviewed by John Walsh on Jul 19 2015

...I will point out even so that this is an exciting and entertaining read but one which nevertheless does not pass the suspension of disbelief test and does not have any discernible deeper meaning that would enable it to pass from fiction to literature.

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The Ranting Dragon

Good
Reviewed by Michael Neate on Jul 20 2011

A Storm of Swords contains incredible payoffs for both the dedicated fan and the casual reader. Although A Storm of Swords is longer than the earlier volumes in the series, your perseverance will be rewarded because it is even better as well.

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Shiny Book Review

Excellent
Reviewed by Barb on Sep 17 2011

George R.R. Martin’s A STORM OF SWORDS is the third book in his Song of Ice and Fire series, and is impressive, densely-plotted, gruesome, and gory...there are plots within plots, wheels within wheels, and once again some of the best men will be killed while evil men still live .

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Shelf Life ~ Book reviews from the VC/UHV Library

Below average
Reviewed by vcuhvlibrarian on Mar 09 2012

...As I stated earlier, I lost interest in the book in the high 400 page range. I stopped reading the book because exciting events quit happening...I lost interest in the book in the high 400 page range. I stopped reading the book because exciting events quit happening.

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Best Fantasy Books

Below average
Reviewed by Alyse G on Jul 29 2011

you find yourself able to skip large chunks of text on instinct without missing anything of importance. It... leaves you exhausted after reading only a short part of the book...the book needed a stronger editorial hand.

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Fantasy Book Review

Good
Reviewed by Floresiensis on Mar 01 2012

The story is, once again written in Martin’s inimitable third person narrative...It was a delight to read, the pace never lets up and the standard of storytelling is excellent throughout...I would highly recommend A Storm of Swords and the other works of George RR Martin because they offer an extremely enjoyable experience.

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http://skrishnasbooks.com

Excellent
Reviewed by Swapna Krishna on Aug 19 2012

So, imagine my surprise when I sat down with A Storm of Swords, and not only was it the only thing I wanted to read for all of its 1000+ pages...Martin proves that taking risks can pay off tenfold; I’m already counting down the days before I allow myself to start the next book in this series.

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Before It's News

Excellent
Reviewed by Kate on Feb 16 2013

The books are long, but they are so worth it. There’s so much to love about this series. Fantastic writing, great characters, a setting that is fantastical yet not too far out there...In my opinion, the characters are the greatest strength of this series.

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Fyrefly's Book Blog

Good
Reviewed by fyrefly on Jul 29 2011

I enjoyed this book quite a bit more the second time around, actually. I think that’s mostly due to the fact that the first time I read A Clash of Kings and A Storm of Swords straight through...one nice thing about reading them more slowly...I’m eager to dive into A Feast for Crows and re-immerse myself in Martin’s world.

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The Literary Omnivore

Excellent
Reviewed by The Literary Omnivore on Aug 24 2011

Martin’s method of telling a macro story on a micro level is just devastatingly brilliant...George R. R. Martin does it again—telling an epic tale on a multi-faceted human level. These aren’t characters, these are people, in a world where every choice has a real weight and a real consequence to it.

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SF Reviews

Good
Reviewed by Thomas Wagner

this series is turning into a literary work that is about more than just its plot... Martin is holding a mirror up to us. And he's doing it with the consummate skill of a master in complete command of his art.

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Eagle

Above average
on Jun 07 2006

There is still a middle book feeling, with characters being shuffled about and sometimes left in transitions for annoyingly long. I got very tired of reading about Bram and Jon traipsing through wildernesses. I still wish the book were shorter and less rambling...This is a good book, and better than the last.

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Bite the Book

Good
Reviewed by Jon Page on Oct 19 2011

George R. R. Martin has carefully laid out all his pieces on a board over the first two books and has now thrown every piece up into the air to see where they all land

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The Oddness of Moving Things Blog

Good
Reviewed by Geoff Whaley on Feb 24 2012

the novel brings back the action and adventure of A Game of Thrones while keeping the courtly politics, subterfuge and intrigue of A Clash of Kings.

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So Many Books, So Little Time

Excellent
Reviewed by DeniseF on Jun 21 2013

Oh my goodness, this was the best book in the series so far!! There was non-stop action and I felt like I just plowed through this book...Seriously, if you haven't read any of the A Game of Thrones series or if you haven't got to A Storm of Swords yet, read it now!

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Simply Books

Good
Reviewed by Simply_Megan on Apr 27 2012

I am very pleased to say that I really enjoyed A Storm of Swords - so much more than the first two novels in this series...Overall, I think A Storm of Swords is the best novel in this series so far, and much better than it's two predecessors. There were a lot of twists and turns, so I'm definitely looking forward to the next book.

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Val's Random Comments

Above average
Reviewed by Val on Dec 01 2011

In A Storm of Swords, Martin takes it to a whole new level and many have named this book as their favourite of the series so far...A Storm of Swords buffets the reader with twists and turns in the plot, showing just how little control even the powerful have over the situation in the Seven Kingdoms.

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The Wertzone

Excellent
Reviewed by Adam Whitehead on Jan 25 2010

A Storm of Swords is both the third volume of A Song of Ice and Fire and, individually, the finest work of epic fantasy published since at least The Silmarillion in 1977. George R.R. Martin's writing skills in the first book were good, better in the second and hit impressive new heights here in the third...

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Monniblog

Good
Nov 06 2011

Martin’s true gift is the level of humanity he instills in the books, despite the cynicism and death.

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Bundle of Books

Good
Apr 30 2012

Words cannot explain how much I am enjoying the A Song of Ice and Fire series and especially the first instalment of the third book.

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Rachel Ann Haley

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Reviewed by RACHEL HANLEY on Aug 08 2014

The huge cast in this series might blur together now and again, but when you’re really invested you care so much about all these complicated, violent, and oftentimes tragic stories intertwining with each other in consistently surprising ways.

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Libereading Blog

Good
Reviewed by Rayna on May 27 2011

While reading A Storm of Swords, I felt myself waging an internal battle over whether I wanted to continue reading or not...it was difficult to watch my favorite characters suffer endlessly with no apparent means of relief.

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Creative Writing for Entertainment

Above average
Reviewed by Seth Tomko on Jul 01 2015

...George R. R. Martin does an excellent job of convincing the reader to care about the characters...some will be upset at the twists and many tragedies that befall new and old characters...the book gets a tight grip on the reader and pulls them all the way to an end that promises even more shocks in the future novels.

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Fantastic Reviews

Good
Reviewed by Aaron Hughes on Nov 19 2008

I was also delighted to find that in this book the fantastic elements of the story, which were only hinted at in the preceding two volumes, are finally coming into play. Impressively, Martin manages to blend in these fantastic elements without losing any of the gritty realism that has marked this series.

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Jaime Rubin.com

Good
Reviewed by Jamie Rubin on Aug 07 2011

The book engrossed me, hooked me and made it very hard to let go.

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Reviewers Choice

Good
Reviewed by Joy Calderwood

Better than surroundsound, better than IMAX, better than virtual reality, George R.R. Martin’s world exists on a parallel plane. Allow yourself to be transported into it.

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One Book Per Week Blog

Good
Reviewed by Natalie on Jul 28 2011

A Storm of Swords might just be my favourite book in this series. So far.

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Jeff the Zombie Blog

Good
Reviewed by Jeff on Jun 22 2011

Delivering a great number of twists and payoffs on elements spun out of the first two books, A Storm of Swords is arguably the most satisfying volume in the series.

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The Book Base Blog

Good
Reviewed by James on Jun 18 2011

Never before has such a long book ... captured my imagination and sustained my attention from start to finish....It’s a testament to George R. R. Martin’s skill

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Lance Schaubert Blog

Good
Reviewed by Lance Schaubert on Apr 11 2012

I’m giving it five out of five stars. I can’t call it “good” – inherent goodness exists nowhere in the pages. But “well-written” or “well-told” or “brilliantly executed” all fit.

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Literary Musings Blog

Good
Reviewed by Daniel Goodman on Oct 07 2011

it could very well become the best “literature” fantasy that mainstream readers who don’t usually partake in genre will come to appreciate.

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