Split into two books for the paperback, the third volume in George R.R. Martin's superb and highly acclaimed epic fantasy A Song of Ice and Fire continues the richest, most exotic and mesmerising saga since The Lord of the Rings. The Seven Kingdoms are divided by revolt and blood feud, and winter approaches like an angry beast. Beyond the Northern borders, wildlings leave their villages to gather in the ice and stone wasteland of the Frostfangs. From there, the renegade Brother Mance Rayder will lead them South towards the Wall. Robb Stark wears his new-forged crown in the Kingdom of the North, but his defences are ranged against attack from the South, the land of House Stark's enemies the Lannisters. His sisters are trapped there, dead or likely yet to die, at the whim of the Lannister boy-king Joffrey or his depraved mother Cersei, regent of the Iron Throne. And Daenerys Stormborn will return to the land of her birth to avenge the murder of her father, the last Dragon King on the Iron Throne.
About the Author
George R.R. Martin is the author of Fevre Dream, the ultimate science fiction horror novel, several collections of short stories and numerous scripts for television drama. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
'Colossal, staggering... all the intoxicating complexity of the Wars of the Roses or Imperial Rome... one of the greats of fantasy literature.' SFX 'The sheer-mind-boggling scope of this epic has sent other fantasy writers away shaking their heads... Its ambition: to construct the Twelve Caesars of fantasy fiction, with characters so venomous they could eat the Borgias.' Guardian
With a complex weave of fantasy and reality, George Martin continues to write this stunning series with an amount of depth and attention to character that I can't remember seeing recently in any high fantasy series. He continues on with his brutal look at a realistic world where no man or woman is spared from the bad things in life.
The third in George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series, this book continues on from A Clash of Kings. The fault lines in Westeros’ volatile political landscape have been fully exposed, and the land is embroiled in all-out war, as many different factions seek to remove King Joffrey from the throne.
This series is remarkable in that all the books are of a consistently high quality, with human and unpredictable characters, complex and multi-layered storylines, and oodles of very well handled political intrigue. I really didn’t think that Martin could get better than the form he showed in the two previous books, but I was wrong. A Storm of Swords is the best book in the series, and quite frankly one of the best books I’ve ever read. Each character is put under an immense set of trials, and the reader is afforded an intimate look into just what makes them tick, and it’s compelling and often very surprising reading. The plotlines move ahead at breakneck speed despite the book’s massive length, and are full of shocking and heartbreaking moments, as well as the moments of human joy and touches of comedy that makes these books seem so real. The language Martin uses is elegant, and each character chapter has its own unique style in which the world is described. A dazzling achievement in the world of epic fantasy, and extremely highly recommended.
Another bruiser of a book. George Martin's relentless tale of deadly intrigue and treachery. Gut wrenching and often brutal, one can expect no fairy tale endings for any of his characters. A sweeping saga with an enormous cast. I found myself not just emotionally but physically drained as well after ploughing my way through this. It was still a much more satisfying read than the last installment.
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