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A Storm of Swords is by far my favorite book of the A Song of Ice and Fire series. Getting your head wrapped around all of the various characters and sub-plots can take immense concentration during the first and second volumes of this series.
But by A Storm of Swords, you pretty much have an educated grasp of what the hell is going on and schemes only hinted at in the A Game of Thrones come to bear in this third book.
After suffering with overwhelming frustration in the first two books (that all of the bad guys always get away with everything...every time,) you can rest assured that a few of those nefarious deviants get what's coming to them in this book, finally.
That isn't to say that justice is served to all, however, and in true Martin fashion, some of our faves suffer and some even die because the night is dark and full of shadows and apparently some people forgot that winter is coming...
Together, this series comprises a genuine masterpiece of modern fantasy, 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 alliances are made and broken. Joffrey sits on the Iron Throne, the uneasy ruler of of the Seven Kingdoms. His most bitter rival, Lord Stannis, stands defeated and disgraced, victim of the sorceress who holds him in her thrall.
Young Robb still rules the North from the fortress of Riverrun. 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.
And as opposing forces maneuver for the final showdown, an army of barbaric wildlings arrives from the outermost limits of civilization, accompanied by 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...
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Summers span decades. Winters can last a lifetime. And the struggle for the Iron Throne has begun.
It will stretch from the south, where heat breeds plots, lusts and intrigues; to the vast and savage eastern lands; all the way to the frozen north, where an 800-foot wall of ice protects the kingdom from the dark forces that lie beyond. Kings and queens, knights and renegades, liars, lords and honest men...all will play the Game of Thrones.
A new original series based on George R.R. Martin's best-selling A Song of Ice and Fire series.
Winter is coming soon to HBO.
HBO's award winning adaptation (70 nominations/32 wins) of Martin's series has garnered praise from die-hard fans of the books as well as neophytes. HBO has done such a brilliant job across the board, from casting, script-writing and costuming to cinematography, locations and special effects.
This series is everything fans of the book would dream of and more. So far, HBO has stuck as faithfully as possible to Martin's source material. Which is no small feat considering the seemingly limitless amount of characters and settings that Martin has created in his Westeros world.
HBO has been incredible thus far at streamlining the story at no expense to the overall tale. Season 3 will only include in its small run, (a mere 10 episodes) the first half of A Storm of Swords with Season 4 (pretty sure they're getting a renewal...) picking up the latter half.
It should be interesting to see what they do with Books 4 & 5 which were meant to be one big 50,000 page book in Martin's original vision and that he had to split up into two books just to make it manageable.
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