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A Storm of Swords (Hardback reissue) (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3): 2 Hardcover – 10 Nov 2011

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  • 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)
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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.

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‘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.’
SFX

‘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.’
Guardian

‘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.’
Publishers Weekly

‘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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I started reading book one as I belatedly decided to give the TV series a go. I normally like horror, crime, thriller type books and wasn't expecting to like this book set too much. How wrong I was; the characters range from likeable to hateful and anything in between, the scenery takes you away and the storytelling is addictive. The books and the programme differ in some ways but the main stories are in both and I recommend both if you enjoy delving into the minds and lives of interesting characters.
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The third book in the series brings several lines in the saga to a climax and makes this book the most exciting and enjoyable of the series so far. The writing is rich and well constructed with many twists and unexpected turns in the action and lives of the main characters. The kingdoms are still at war with many claimants to the throne and the north is stirring and moving to the wall.I haven't seen much of the TV adaptation but the book gives a better understanding of the complex nature of the plots and the background. Some people find the listing of families and many other things a bit too much and I partially agree but you they have been well throughout and sometimes off insights and humour which enrich the understanding of the main themes.
I shall travel on to book 4 with great expectations.

Robin Guy
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Just finished third book in the series, what a turn up towards the end, love the way the author, springs surprises, all of a sudden bam, another persons gone, keeps the storyline riveting , wonderful, now on to book four, awaiting season two on DVD to come out, not long now !
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Best book yet
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A good read
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A real page turner but can be predictable.
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This is the third volume in GRRM's amazing "A Song of Ice and Fire" collection, which is still growing, with no sign of reaching an end. This book is two volumes in one, and is a long, long read, but worth every single word. As the series progresses the landscape somehow gets drearier, darker and more diseased. It started off with exciting tourneys with descriptions of beautifully coloured clothes and mouthwatering feasts with the occasional unpleasant description of bloody visceral combat, but this now dominates. The resulting septicaemia often results in painful lingering deaths, or if the character is lucky, unsightly maiming. But, hey ho, it's fantasy; and fantasy brilliantly written by a gifted literary craftsman. Looking ahead I've read some not so good reviews for "A Feast for Crows"; but I'm going to grit my teeth and soldier on. I'm just glad I don't live in Westeros.
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Plenty of other reviews go into detail about the content of the book, so I won't repeat that here. I'm enough of a fan of this series to persevere with the books, but not enough to rave about how amazing it is - it's good. The books seem to get steadily worse as the series progresses - that's not to say that they're poor, but that they lack finesse, and tend to plod aimlessly in places. It's almost like Martin was given carte blanche after the first two books, and the books were published in a hurry without too much attention to detail.

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.
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