A Storm of Swords (Song of Ice and Fire) Library Binding – 4 Mar 2003
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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.
Praise for George R. R. Martin's
A Game Of Thrones
"Grabs hold and won't let go. It's brilliant."
-- Robert Jordan
"Such a splendid tale and such a fantistorical! I read my eyes out."
-- Anne McCaffrey
"The major fantasy of the decade...compulsively readable."
-- "The Denver Post"
"We have been invited to a grand feast and pageant: George R. R. Martin has unveiled for us an intensely realized, romantic but realistic world...If the next two volumes are as good as this one, it will be a wonderful feast indeed."
-- "Chicago Sun-Times"
"The major fantasy publishing event of 1996."
-- Science Fiction Chronicle
A Clash Of Kings
"a truly epic fantasy set in a world bedecked with 8,000 years of history, beset by an imminent winter that will last ten years and bedazzled by swords and spells wielded to devastating effect....Here, he provides a banquet for fantasy lovers with large appetites."
-- Publishers Weekly [starred review]
"Martin amply fulfills the first volume's promise and continues what seems destined to be one of the best fantasy series ever written."
-- "The Denver Post"
"High fantasy with a vengeance."
-- "The San Diego Union-Tribune"
"Rivals T. H. White's The Once and Future King."
-- The Des Moines Register --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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