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A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3)
by George R.R. Martin
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PublisherBantam
Release Date2003-03-04 (added to CC 20 May 2004)
Amazon Sales Rank134
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. . .

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.

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Two POV’s are introduced, Jaime Lannister and Samwell Tarly Both Characters Change in this book expressly Samwell, who’s become more brave than before. Perhaps Jamie grew a heart for a Lannister. Other stepping stones for some charades as well Davos learns to read. [Sorry if that’s spoiler] Jon Snow faces lessons about leave and has a hard decision to make. The Frey’s are just as bad as Theon Grayjoy. That old man is due past his prime and needs to die. Nothing goes right for Arya all seem to leave her and Sansa is forced into things, lead by false hope and tricked. Tyrion just reacts as he always been treading and is accused when innocent. Bran may be getting closer to whom/what he’s looking for. Deaths I cheered for and did happy dace the monster psycho deserved that death. Like Arya I also have my list whom I want dead. Lastly but not least Danerys learns whom betrayed her and learning on her journey how to be a queen. Some of her chapters were epic and exciting. This is another good installment of the series. I hope the next book answers some questions and some of my hopes “to happen” will happen.
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