Aug 072013

A Storm of Swords.
George R.R. Martin.
Google Books

Having just finished listening to Books 1 & 2 again (to refresh myself) it is fun to listen to this book for the first time. With no idea where the author will go with his story, I look forward to each new chapter.

Update 12/11/2013: It only took me 4 months to get through the 39 CDs of this audiobook. Way longer than it should have. I tried to listen to it each day when I went for my walk or Trikke ride. Obviously I am not getting out as often as I should.

Once again the author surprised me by killing off characters you expected to follow through the whole series. Can’t wait to start book 4.

Book Info

A Storm of Swords: A Song of Ice and Fire (Book 3)
by George R.R. Martin
Publisher: Bantam
Published: 03/04/2003
ISBN-10: 055357342X
ISBN-13: 978-0553573428
Started: 08/07/2013
Finished: 12/11/2013
Source: library
Reason: Saw the first couple of episodes on HBO long ago and decided to 'read' the books instead.
Format: audiobook

Publisher Synopsis

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. . .

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.

Author Info
George R.R. Martin sold his first story in 1971 and has been writing professionally since then. He spent ten years in Hollywood as a writer-producer, working on The Twilight Zone, Beauty and the Beast, and various feature films and television pilots that were never made. In the mid '90s he returned to prose, his first love, and began work on his epic fantasy series, A Song of Ice and Fire. He has been in the Seven Kingdoms ever since. Whenever he's allowed to leave, he returns to Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he lives with the lovely Parris, and two cats named Augustus and Caligula, who think they run the place.

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