Series: A Song of Ice and Fire Book 3
Length: 992 pages
Audiobook Length: 47 hours and 34 minutes
First Published: 2000
The battle for the Iron Throne continues in the third entry of the A Song of Ice and Fire series. Of the five kings contending for the throne, one is dead and another is disgraced. King Joffrey still sits on the throne, but Robb, King of the North, is so far undefeated and bent on taking revenge on the Lannister family. But treachery abounds in this harsh world, full of threats from within as well as growing threats from without. For Daeneyrs Targaryen is slowly building up her army as her dragons grow and a looming force from beyond the Wall is coming south.
I’m not sure if I can even describe how much I am loving this series. George R. R. Martin keeps the twists coming, unafraid to kill off beloved characters as much as hated ones. Yet, Martin also has a knack for making you like some characters you previously despised, building complex layers into his epic fantasy. Even better, my husband decided to reread A Storm of Swords with me, so I’ve been having fun talking about all the books as we watch the tv series together.
Of the five contenders for power, one is dead, another in disfavor, and still the wars rage as violently as ever, as alliances are made and broken. Joffrey, of House Lannister, sits on the Iron Throne, the uneasy ruler of the land of the Seven Kingdoms. His most bitter rival, Lord Stannis, stands defeated and disgraced, the victim of the jealous sorceress who holds him in her evil thrall. But young Robb, of House Stark, still rules the North from the fortress of Riverrun. Robb plots against his despised Lannister enemies, even as they hold his sister hostage at King’s Landing, the seat of the Iron Throne.
Meanwhile, making her way across a blood-drenched continent is the exiled queen, Daenerys, mistress of the only three dragons still left in the world. Filled with the stench of death and decay from the destructive dynastic war, Daenerys is gathering allies and strength for an assault on King’s Landing, hoping to win back the crown she believes is rightfully hers. But as opposing forces maneuver for the final titanic showdown, an army of barbaric wildlings bent on overwhelming the Seven Kingdoms arrives from the outermost line of civilization. In their vanguard is a horde of mythical Others—a supernatural army of the living dead whose animated corpses are unstoppable.
And as the future of the land hangs in the balance, no one will rest in the quest for victory until the Seven Kingdoms have exploded in a veritable storm of swords. . . . Brilliantly conceived and grand in scope, A Storm of Swords is the incredible tale of a world of harsh beauty and powerful magic, torn by treachery, ravaged by brutality, and consumed by greed and ambition. It portrays a war-torn landscape in which nobles and commoners, heroes and villains, the freeborn and the enslaved, all struggle to survive and to find their destinies…along with the dazzling bounty and wondrous enchantment that was once their birthright in the Seven Kingdoms.
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About George R. R. Martin
George R. R. Martin is the author of the bestselling A Song of Ice and Fire series. He has a BS and MS in Journalism from Northwestern University and worked as a story editor and producer for television shows in the late 1980s. He currently lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Visit the author’s website →