A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire #3)
by George R. R. Martin
Here is the third volume in George R. R. Martin's magnificent cycle of novels that includes A Game of Thrones and A Clash of Kings. As a whole, this series comprises a genuine masterpiece of modern fantasy, bringing together the best the genre has to offer. Magic, mystery, intrigue, romance, and adventure fill these pages and transport us to a world unlike any we have ever experienced. Already hailed as a classic, George R. R. Martin's stunning series is destined to stand as one of the great achievements of imaginative fiction.
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. . . .
But as opposing forces maneuver for the final titanic showdown, an army of barbaric wildlings 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. As the future of the land hangs in the balance, no one will rest until the Seven Kingdoms have exploded in a veritable storm of swords. . .
"Destined to be one of the greatest fantasy series ever written." — Denver Post
"The complexity of characters...makes us care about their fates." — Publishers Weekly
"a complex tapestry of a story, solidly and intricately plotted, with a body count that makes Martin a sort of sword-and-sorcery Robert Ludlum. Characterization is definitely the strength here, as each voice is distinct and fully realized." — VOYA
"The author's ability to interweave dozens of plot lines and to create memorable characters makes this a rousing saga that should appeal to most fans of grand-scale fantasy." — Library Journal
About the Author
George R. R. Martin grew up in New Jersey, received his bachelor's and master's degrees in journalism from Northwestern University, served two years in VISTA, and worked as a teacher and chess tournament director before moving to television, where he wrote for The Twilight Zone and other science-fantasy shows. His first full-length novel, Dying of the Light, was nominated for a Hugo Award. In 1996, Martin published A Game of Thrones, launching his acclaimed Song of Fire and Ice epic fantasy series.
During the course of his prolific career, Martin has accrued numerous awards including the Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy, Bram Stoker, Daedelus, and Locus awards. He maintains a cordial relationship with his fans through his website and blog and is a member of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America.