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A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3) Mass Market Paperback – March 4, 2003
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Is George R.R. Martin for real? Can a fantasy epic actually get better with each new installment? Fans of the genre have glumly come to expect go-nowhere sequels from other authors, so we're entitled to pinch ourselves over Martin's tightly crafted Song of Ice and Fire series. The reports are all true: this series is the real deal, and Martin deserves his crown as the rightful king of the epic. A Game of Thrones got things off to a rock-solid start, A Clash of Kings only exceeded expectations, but it's the Storm of Swords hat trick that cements Martin's rep as the most praiseworthy fantasy author to come along since that other R.R.
Like the first two books, A Storm of Swords could coast on the fundamentals: deftly detailed characters, convincing voices and dialogue, a robust back-story, and a satisfyingly unpredictable plot. But it's Martin's consistently bold choices that set the series apart. Every character is fair game for the headman's axe (sometimes literally), and not only do the good guys regularly lose out to the bad guys, you're never exactly sure who you should be cheering for in the first place.
Storm is full of admirable intricacies. Events that you thought Martin was setting up solidly for the first two books are exposed as complex feints; the field quickly narrows after the Battle of the Blackwater and once again, anything goes. Robb tries desperately to hold the North together, Jon returns from the wildling lands with a torn heart, Bran continues his quest for the three-eyed crow beyond the Wall, Catelyn struggles to save her fragile family, Arya becomes ever more wolflike in her wanderings, Daenerys comes into her own, and Joffrey's cruel rule from King's Landing continues, making even his fellow Lannisters uneasy. Martin tests all the major characters in A Storm of Swords: some fail the trial, while others--like Martin himself--seem to only get stronger. --Paul Hughes --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.
From Publishers Weekly
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. As Martin's richly imagined world slides closer to its 10-year winter, both the weather and the warfare worsen. In the north, King Joffrey of House Lannister sits uneasily on the Iron Throne. With the aid of a peasant wench, Jaime Lannister, the Kingslayer, escapes from jail in Riverrun. Jaime goes to the other youthful ruler, Robb Stark, to secure the release of Joffrey's prisoners, Robb's sisters Arya and Sansa Stark. Meanwhile, in the south, Queen Daenarys tries to assert her claim to the various thrones with an army of eunuchs, but discovers that she must choose between conquering more and ruling well what she has already taken. 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, for the author, like Tolkien or Jordan, makes us care about their fates. Those two fantasy greats are also evoked by Martin's ability to convey such sensual experiences as the heat of wildfire, the chill of ice, the smell of the sea and the sheer gargantuan indigestibility of the medieval banquet at its most excessive. Perhaps this saga doesn't go as far beyond the previous bounds of high fantasy as some claim, but for most readers it certainly goes far enough to command their attention. (Nov.)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.
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Most series have a way of deteriorating as they move along. This one, into the third novel at least, does the opposite -- it gets better and better as the characters mature and become even more nuanced. This third novel is superb. RJB.
The third volume in Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" series, this book is utterly captivating, suspenseful and heart-wrenching.
Never before has a book made me (literally) laugh, cry and gasp as much as this book has. Full of suspense and shock this book is a real heart-stopper. I recommend that when the book is published again as newer edition it come with WARNING label-WARNING: Might cause angina and at the worst heart failure.
First off, these characters are so complex and intriguing that its almost impossible not to love them, even the evil ones. Secondly, the way that the book is written, such careful attention to detail, sensual descriptions and the scope of the book, it's phenomenal.
One thing that never ceases to amaze me when reading the ASOIAF books, is the mystery that surrounds all these characters and almost everything the do. One character plots to kill another and you never even know it until they're dead and you're utterly shocked. Countless plans and plots one after the other, it really keeps you guessing, which is one of the many positives about this book.
Something else that really beguiles me is how deep we get to see inside of these characters minds. Their pain, grief, suffering, joy pleasure; it really is incredible.
Lastly, this book really pulls (no, jerks) on your heart strings. When a character dies it leaves you completely devastated and down-right shocked. Yet this is one of the many things that really keeps you reading. Just when you think someone is about to win the war, BAM, they're dead and you're left wondering how on earth you missed all the little details leading up to it.
This book has MANY major character weddings, alliances....and deaths. Again, I cannot express how incredible and fascinating and enjoyable that this book is.
Suspenseful, heart-wrenching, mysterious, gripping, shocking and completely amazing, "A Storm of Swords" is one of the best books you'll ever read, I promise you.
I will agree, that so far, through three books it is the best, but this is coming from someone who found "A Clash of Kings" a bit mixed in terms of overall enjoyment and storylines, so it didn't take that much to make "A Storm of Swords" the best, but it certainly doesn't relent or barely win that crown.
I'm sure there are much better reviews out there and provide a much better overarching idea of the story, so I will focus more so on general feelings and impact of the massive 1,00+ page novel.
Main characters die - many of them. There are jaw dropping moments in this book, coming from someone who finds that to be an overused cliché term, but it is honestly what happens during "A Storm of Swords". There are many, many battles and many, many characters to contend with (as usual), but this novel ups the ante compared to the first two books.
I'll be curious to see where the story goes with so many deaths in this book taking place, but the novel begins to touch on that with spending a lot of time with Jamie Lannister, who constantly strikes me as the Sawyer from LOST for this series (most likely due to the actors both having long blonde hair in their respective shows).
One character I continue to have mixed feelings on is Bran... for three books now he has done very little besides wish about being like his former self and having weird dreams about crows. Yeah, he seems (as does Jon Snow) to have some type of ability and powers, but his story as a whole has so far has not been very engaging to me.
Along with being jaw dropping, "A Storm of Swords" is also a great example of a page turner. I believe I read this in about two weeks or so, devouring 200+ pages at a time before feeling like I needed a breather to catch up on what has all happened. That in my eyes, makes a book great when you can read so much at once and then sit back and reflect on it and still enjoy it.
Will this be the pinnacle of the series, or will something triumph over it? Who knows, but as far as action, fantasy and general story telling go, I don't think "A Storm of Swords" can be easily topped.