A Storm of Swords

A Storm of Swords

An alternate cover for this isbn can be found here.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. Together, this series comprises a genuine masterpiece of modern fantasy, destined to stand as one of the great achievements of imaginative fiction.Of the five contenders for power, one is dead,...

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A Storm of Swords Reviews

  • Nataliya

    It made me root for the death of a child (and then despise myself), love a hated character, cry angry tears, and bite my nails because of all the suspense.

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    I did not throw the book across the room. Instead, I put it aside and stared at the wall for a few minutes in grief and disbelief. If you read this, you know which part I am talking about *SOBBING*

    It made me root for the death of a child (and then despise myself), love a hated character, cry angry tears, and bite my nails because of all the suspense.

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    I did not throw the book across the room. Instead, I put it aside and stared at the wall for a few minutes in grief and disbelief. If you read this, you know which part I am talking about *SOBBING*

    is, in my opinion,

    . It expanded the story in delightful, wonderful ways. It gave it a truly epic feel. It delivered the cruel punch in the gut with the

    and reinforced the axiom that nobody is safe in the world GRRM created. (*)

    It brought our characters to the brink of greatness, put them in the positions that were surely going to change the course of this entire story.

    The characters feel alive and real. They are interesting and fascinating, and fluctuate between likable and despicable in a not too predictable fashion (*). The previously unseen connections between characters and events are mind-blowing. And seeing the select few skillfully manipulating so many others is unsettling.

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    Don't get me wrong. I gush about it, but this book is far from perfect. Just like its sequels (and predecessors) it suffers from overload of descriptions and repetitions, gratuitous bodily functions and banquets. Some storylines already begin to drag (Arya, for instance).

    This is what I felt was unfortunately missing from the books that followed, and what I hope they return to eventually.

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  • mark monday

    it's time again for...

    __________

    he's the Revenant Robin Hood, leader of a band of merry men whose purpose is to steal from the wicked, give to the needy, ransom the royalty, hang the bad guys, and maybe get laid some. Lord Beric comes equipped with a nifty super-power (courtesy of the Lord of Light, 'natch)... he gets to come back from the dead! unfortunately, his various hideous wounds get to come back with him. but so what... all those scars (

    it's time again for...

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    he's the Revenant Robin Hood, leader of a band of merry men whose purpose is to steal from the wicked, give to the needy, ransom the royalty, hang the bad guys, and maybe get laid some. Lord Beric comes equipped with a nifty super-power (courtesy of the Lord of Light, 'natch)... he gets to come back from the dead! unfortunately, his various hideous wounds get to come back with him. but so what... all those scars (and missing eye, and noose-blackened neck, and crushed-in head) only make him more manly. he's just the dreamiest!

    so what if she's socially awkward, mulishly stubborn, and entirely unimaginative... this young miss may be the last remaining True Knight in the realm! she kicks some serious ass, is loyal to a fault, and she brings out the human in that Jaime Lannister. at one point she stops to take a break by burying some random dead people hanging from a tree. what a big heart she has, it's adorable. you go, girl!

    ha, ha - you thought he was the villain! joke's on you, sucker/reader. this gifted songster is not only the leader of the Free Folk (and what's not to like about them? they believe in freedom, equality, and the pursuit of happiness - even their tendency to steal women is sorta charming)... he is a man who turned his back on the rigid class system and general stuck-upedness of Westeros society for the charms of anarchic wildlings. he's just trying to get all his people away from those infernal Others. goodbye, mysterious villain... hello, brave hero!

    sure, her eyes glow red. sure, she's a little bloodthirsty. sure, she wants to sacrifice some children. what of it? we all have our flaws. don't judge this sorceress... her only goal is to, um, SAVE THE ENTIRE WORLD FROM UTTER DESTRUCTION. have some sympathy for her goals already. it's not like you could do a better job at trying to SAVE THE ENTIRE WORLD FROM UTTER DESTRUCTION. i want her on my team!

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    ~ and a special shout-out to classy old-timer

    . well

    someone realizes that King Joffrey's shenanigans are truly intolerable. extra bonus points for naming your personal bodyguards "Left" and "Right". ~

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    hey, King Asshole, ever hear of keeping your word? seriously, Promiseslayer, what's wrong with you? you may win your battles, but you break your vow over a little punani? and what's up with chopping off the head of your own bannerman? not too bright, son. and all the good intentions in the world doesn't excuse your tendency towards

    . duh. my gosh, as far as common sense goes... the apple sure doesn't fall far from the tree.

    good grief, two winners in one family - those lucky Starks! hmmm, let's see... you capture the wrong guy in book 1... you free an enemy in book 2... you seriously underestimate the most obvious "secret" villain in the world in book 3. what the hey? clearly you should have retired years ago. but i sense some redemption in your future. i know you have some bloodthirstiness in you, so let that freak flag fly in book 4 and get down to some serious villain-killing already!

    wow, i used to love you so much. until i realized you were getting sorta inappropriate with Danerys. yeah, she's brave and beautiful and a queen and she frees entire cities worth of slaves and she has three lovely dragons. but didn't you notice that

    ? and on top of that, you're a jealous liar. get outta here, Creepy McCreeperson!

    come on, wolfie - Arya is supposed to be your soulmate! she's running all over Westeros just trying to get back to the fam, clearly needing a helping hand or paw... so why are you off galivanting about the countryside, chasing deer and hanging out with your new wolfpack buddies? well you did save her ass by taking down some of those Brave Companions - but that's a case of too little, too late. and here i thought that wolves are a girl's best friend. silly me. i guess your stomach is

    much more important.

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    ~ a special Zero mention must be made for

    . where did that brain of yours go? why are you getting your ass handed to you again and again? well at least you unstuck your head from that ass and finally delivered some seriously overdue comeuppance... but i had to read 900 pages to get to that part. i want my old Tyrion back, stat! ~

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    no review necessary, there are enough excellent ones out there. i loved this book, as i loved its predecessors. my favorite parts were the scenes with Sandor Clegane and Arya Stark. those two vicious killers were made for each other and their relationship was both laugh-out-loud funny and strangely moving. awww. at long last, a father figure that a child can truly look up to, and a daughter surrogate who knows what it means to really, really want to get some payback.

    and now on to the next one!

  • Jayson

    | Extraordinary

    This is where the story explodes; two outstanding scenes highlight a truly audacious, epic and consequential volume.

  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

    Reading this was cray because I keep looking to see if I had read it before! I thought why is so much of this familiar. Then I thought, "Oh yeah, stupid, you own and have watched all of the current shows!" <--- I mean duh!

    I was going to give this one 4 stars because it's the one where they kill more of the Stark's and wolf and I wanted to go in, turn into my own dragon and burn them all down!

    but then . . .

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    Reading this was cray because I keep looking to see if I had read it before! I thought why is so much of this familiar. Then I thought, "Oh yeah, stupid, you own and have watched all of the current shows!" <--- I mean duh!

    I was going to give this one 4 stars because it's the one where they kill more of the Stark's and wolf and I wanted to go in, turn into my own dragon and burn them all down!

    but then . . .

    Oh happy day! Oh happy day! What joy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ❤

    I love so many people on the show and in the books. But my favorites are:

    1) Jon ❤

    2) Tyrion

    3) Arya

    4) Daenerys

    5) Brienne

    6) Sam

    7) Sansa

    in no particular order because I tried that one already.

    In the book there were certain scenes I liked better than I did in the shows. I love the shows and I love the books so far. But, in this book there were more parts with dialogue that I really enjoyed. My favorite in this book were the scenes between Brienne and Jaime. I know, you didn't see that coming right? I mean you would think it would have been all the parts about Jon since he's my hunneh bunneh but nope. I liked his parts better in the show and nooo it's not because I can look at him in the show. Although. . . nevermind.

    I just felt like there was so much more to Brienne and Jaime's time together in the book. I wished he would have quit calling her ugly and such though. Jerk, but they did seem to be friends of a sort at the end of their time and I liked that.

    The things you miss in any book is the commentary in someone's head. Of course some I would rather not read about. But I really loved the parts where we could read Tyrion's thoughts about Sansa. They were sweet and true and sad in many ways.

    Overall I enjoyed the book because of the parts with Joffrey dying. Bwhahahahaahahahahahahah!

    And the parts with Brienne and Jaime. I loved all of my other characters parts but these were the highlight moments for me.

    Or course you know when you get rid of one evil b•stard, along comes another one!

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  • Petrik

    This was unbelievably amazing.

    could actually be the height of George R. R. Martin’s writing career. I know I haven’t read

    ,

    , or the extra books of the series yet, but realistically speaking, it would be bloody difficult for Martin to top what he has achieved in this book.

    I’ll try to make this review shorter than usual and I won’t be talking about the story at all to avoid

    This was unbelievably amazing.

    could actually be the height of George R. R. Martin’s writing career. I know I haven’t read

    ,

    , or the extra books of the series yet, but realistically speaking, it would be bloody difficult for Martin to top what he has achieved in this book.

    I’ll try to make this review shorter than usual and I won’t be talking about the story at all to avoid spoilers. Seriously, you have to experience this for yourself. If you miraculously haven’t watched the TV series,

    encompassed season 3 and 4 of the TV series. I have known the main twists of this installment from watching the TV show but somehow the book was still able to fully capture my attention. It brings me to this point once again: I can’t even imagine how much I’ll love this traumatizing book IF I’ve read it without having watched the TV series adaptation.

    This, of course, doesn’t mean that you should skip the TV series. Up to season 4, the TV series adaptation remains mostly loyal to the original material. Sure it’s not like the first season anymore where it was pretty much scene by scene adaptation, but I do honestly think that there were a lot of moments that the TV series did even better than the book. I highly loved what I’ve read so far in

    ; this novel, in particular, is currently my favorite from the series. However, from my experience reading the series, I can say that I’m not a huge fan of Martin’s prose during his battle scenes. They were great but I personally think there are other grimdark fantasy authors that wrote battle scenes much better than Martin; Joe Abercrombie and Steven Erikson to name a few. The battle scenes were one factor where the TV show excelled in. Also, I will never stop praising Peter Dinklage’s acting performance as Tyrion Lannister that totally did justice to the superb characterizations that the character has; same goes for many of the actor and actresses performance.

    I loved reading the series not because of the battle scenes, but for the characterizations, intricate world-building, how Martin set up a scene smartly, and the immense strength in the unpredictability of the storyline; all proven clearly with this book. The myriad pivotal events that occurred in this single installment were simply unforgettable. The Red Wedding, for example, is one of the, if not THE most traumatizing event to ever occurred in a fantasy novel for me; it pretty much has become a standard of comparison for brutality and shocking scale in speculative fiction. “It wasn’t as crazy as The Red Wedding,” or “It was more traumatizing than The Red Wedding.” You probably have read or heard these phrases on reviews or on social media due to the super exposure caused by the TV shows, let me tell you that they’re there for many good reasons.

    At 414k words—roughly 23 hours for me to read—this has become the third biggest novel I’ve read since

    by Stephen King and

    by Brandon Sanderson. I found it astounding that there was close to zero dull moments; well, I guess there’s Bran’s boring storyline but his role in this book is very small. Excluding Bran’s story, I was completely immersed and I was in love with every page I read. Martin sang a song of violence, grief, and treachery with much impact; the writing was thoroughly engaging, full of memorable speeches, and the phrases were cleverly structured to be evocative.

    Excluding the fame he gets from the TV series adaptation, if you’re ever in need of an evident proof on why George R. R. Martin has become one of the legendary fantasy authors of our time,

    is the answer. Although the series is still incomplete, I honestly think that it’s worth reading the series just to experience the one of a kind reading experience provided in this tome. I loved this book, I'm giving it a full 5 stars rating; I'm extremely confident it would've been one of those ultra rare 6 out of 5 stars if I've read it without any knowledge of the plot.

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