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The third volume of his six-volume fantasy epic A Song of Ice and Fire, A Storm of Swords continues Martin's vigorous account of the civil wars which follow the death of King Robert, the usurper who deposed a dynasty gone mad and dangerous, and the judicial murder by his widow and heir of Ned Stark, the man who made him king. The surviving Stark children are scattered--Robb leading revolt in the North, Arya learning hard lessons as she treks through the war zone, Sansa an observer of court intrigue, crippled Bran heading towards a sorcerous destiny, Jon engaged in desperate defence of the icewall against barbarians and worse things. Daenerys, pretender and ruler of dragons, is building an empire elsewhere. And characters we have thought of as villains, notably Jaime Kingslayer, are developing belated consciences ... Martin keeps on upping the ante of violence and betrayal in this compelling saga of a fantasy middle ages soiled with blood and mud; his economic use of magic and his fascination with complex characters make this the sword-and-sorcery series for people with adult taste. As the series proceeds, his writing gets ever leaner and sharper, the evocation of the magical ever more sinister. --Roz Kaveney --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
‘Colossal, staggering… Martin captures all the intoxicating complexity of the Wars of the Roses or Imperial Rome in his imaginary world… one of the greats of fantasy literature.’
‘Fantasy literature has never shied away from grandeur, but 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.’
‘Truly epic… An extraordinarily rich novel… with its magnificent action-filled climax, it provides a banquet for fantasy lovers with large appetites… The book stands out from similar work by virtue of its superbly developed characters, accomplished prose and sheer bloody-mindedness.’
‘A vast, rich saga, with splendid characters and an intricate plot flawlessly articulated against a backdrop of real depth and texture.’
GRRM gets the chapter lengths absolutely right for readers such as me who will lie in bed promising themselves "just one more chapter". This is another great read. Read morePublished 10 days ago by E. Jackson
The plot continues to thicken as paths grow, cross and end. The plot line is brilliant, complex and unpredictable. Can't wait to keep reading!Published 25 days ago by Amazon Customer
so powerful reading, and contains everything that a good book should, i.e. suspense, drama, action, etc; I have highly recommended this book to family, friends, etc; and for any... Read morePublished 1 month ago by jools
A third five-star review from me. Although fantasy has not been my favourite genre unto now, George RR Martin has helped me see the error of my ways. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Eddie Sullivan
Keeps up the excitement - you need to have good mental filing to keep track of the differences between the original and the TV seriesPublished 2 months ago by kjn
Assuming you've read the first two books before you've read this one, you'll know what to expect.
brilliantly written, with innovative style, initial chapters are a tad overly... Read more