- Hardcover: 976 pages
- Publisher: Harper Voyager (10 Nov. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0007459467
- ISBN-13: 978-0007459469
- Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 7.3 x 24 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (506 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 91,706 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
A Storm of Swords (Hardback reissue) (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3): 2 Hardcover – 10 Nov 2011
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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 a 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; and Jon engaged in desperate defence of the ice-wall against barbarians and worse things. Daenerys, pretender and ruler of dragons, is building an empire elsewhere. Meanwhile, 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. --Ros Kaveney --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
‘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.’
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Top Customer Reviews
I shall travel on to book 4 with great expectations.
Specifically in reference to the audiobook version, it's the voices I have difficulty with. I don't envy the narrator for having to conjure so many voices for the characters, and he does an admirable job of differentiating so many of them. I just can't get past the fact that most of the characters sound like old-age pensioners, and some of those who came across to me as quite intelligent and articulate in earlier books come across here as a bit slow and dim-witted.
Finally - and importantly - there's nothing quite as disturbing as listening to a posh elderly man simulating a girl in the throes of sexual ecstasy, especially whilst wearing headphones. Still makes me shudder even now.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a good read. The characters keep you guessing. Are they dead or not? You do not know for certain!Published 3 months ago by Kath Bennett
So many threads to follow, it can get a little confusing.
That said, all the numerous threads have their own compelling stories. Read more
Edge of seat stuff...could not put this book down....now I have to wait for next episodePublished 5 months ago by samantha sands
Brilliant book great story very descriptive loved the twists and turns throughout the book can't wait to read the next instalmentPublished 6 months ago by Sharon
Full of depth and intrigue. Sword and sorcery. The pages fly past as quick as the ravens and the dragons.Published 7 months ago by Kindle Customer
A riveting read from start to finish. Couldn't put it down as Mr Martin dragged me into the Seven Kingdoms again. On to book 4!Published 8 months ago by Kevin Green