A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin

A 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. 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 al...

Title:A Storm of Swords
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ISBN:055357342X
Edition Language:English
Number of Pages:1177 pages

A Storm of Swords Reviews

  • Nataliya

    It made me root for the death of a child (and then despise myself), love a hated character, cry angry tears, and bite my nails because of all the suspense.

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    I did not throw the book across the room. Instead, I put it aside and stared at the wall for a few minutes in grief and disbelief. If you read this, you know which part I am talking about *SOBBING*

    It made me root for the death of a child (and then despise myself), love a hated character, cry angry tears, and bite my nails because of all the suspense.

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    I did not throw the book across the room. Instead, I put it aside and stared at the wall for a few minutes in grief and disbelief. If you read this, you know which part I am talking about *SOBBING*

    is, in my opinion,

    . It expanded the story in delightful, wonderful ways. It gave it a truly epic feel. It delivered the cruel punch in the gut with the

    and reinforced the axiom that nobody is safe in the world GRRM created. (*)

    It brought our characters to the brink of greatness, put them in the positions that were surely going to change the course of this entire story.

    The characters feel alive and real. They are interesting and fascinating, and fluctuate between likable and despicable in a not too predictable fashion (*). The previously unseen connections between characters and events are mind-blowing. And seeing the select few skillfully manipulating so many others is unsettling.

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    Don't get me wrong. I gush about it, but this book is far from perfect. Just like its sequels (and predecessors) it suffers from overload of descriptions and repetitions, gratuitous bodily functions and banquets. Some storylines already begin to drag (Arya, for instance).

    This is what I felt was unfortunately missing from the books that followed, and what I hope they return to eventually.

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  • mark monday

    it's time again for...

    __________

    he's the Revenant Robin Hood, leader of a band of merry men whose purpose is to steal from the wicked, give to the needy, ransom the royalty, hang the bad guys, and maybe get laid some. Lord Beric comes equipped with a nifty super-power (courtesy of the Lord of Light, 'natch)... he gets to come back from the dead! unfortunately, his various hideous wounds get to come back with him. but so what... all those scars (

    it's time again for...

    __________

    he's the Revenant Robin Hood, leader of a band of merry men whose purpose is to steal from the wicked, give to the needy, ransom the royalty, hang the bad guys, and maybe get laid some. Lord Beric comes equipped with a nifty super-power (courtesy of the Lord of Light, 'natch)... he gets to come back from the dead! unfortunately, his various hideous wounds get to come back with him. but so what... all those scars (and missing eye, and noose-blackened neck, and crushed-in head) only make him more manly. he's just the dreamiest!

    so what if she's socially awkward, mulishly stubborn, and entirely unimaginative... this young miss may be the last remaining True Knight in the realm! she kicks some serious ass, is loyal to a fault, and she brings out the human in that Jaime Lannister. at one point she stops to take a break by burying some random dead people hanging from a tree. what a big heart she has, it's adorable. you go, girl!

    ha, ha - you thought he was the villain! joke's on you, sucker/reader. this gifted songster is not only the leader of the Free Folk (and what's not to like about them? they believe in freedom, equality, and the pursuit of happiness - even their tendency to steal women is sorta charming)... he is a man who turned his back on the rigid class system and general stuck-upedness of Westeros society for the charms of anarchic wildlings. he's just trying to get all his people away from those infernal Others. goodbye, mysterious villain... hello, brave hero!

    sure, her eyes glow red. sure, she's a little bloodthirsty. sure, she wants to sacrifice some children. what of it? we all have our flaws. don't judge this sorceress... her only goal is to, um, SAVE THE ENTIRE WORLD FROM UTTER DESTRUCTION. have some sympathy for her goals already. it's not like you could do a better job at trying to SAVE THE ENTIRE WORLD FROM UTTER DESTRUCTION. i want her on my team!

    ***

    ~ and a special shout-out to classy old-timer

    . well

    someone realizes that King Joffrey's shenanigans are truly intolerable. extra bonus points for naming your personal bodyguards "Left" and "Right". ~

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    hey, King Asshole, ever hear of keeping your word? seriously, Promiseslayer, what's wrong with you? you may win your battles, but you break your vow over a little punani? and what's up with chopping off the head of your own bannerman? not too bright, son. and all the good intentions in the world doesn't excuse your tendency towards

    . duh. my gosh, as far as common sense goes... the apple sure doesn't fall far from the tree.

    good grief, two winners in one family - those lucky Starks! hmmm, let's see... you capture the wrong guy in book 1... you free an enemy in book 2... you seriously underestimate the most obvious "secret" villain in the world in book 3. what the hey? clearly you should have retired years ago. but i sense some redemption in your future. i know you have some bloodthirstiness in you, so let that freak flag fly in book 4 and get down to some serious villain-killing already!

    wow, i used to love you so much. until i realized you were getting sorta inappropriate with Danerys. yeah, she's brave and beautiful and a queen and she frees entire cities worth of slaves and she has three lovely dragons. but didn't you notice that

    ? and on top of that, you're a jealous liar. get outta here, Creepy McCreeperson!

    come on, wolfie - Arya is supposed to be your soulmate! she's running all over Westeros just trying to get back to the fam, clearly needing a helping hand or paw... so why are you off galivanting about the countryside, chasing deer and hanging out with your new wolfpack buddies? well you did save her ass by taking down some of those Brave Companions - but that's a case of too little, too late. and here i thought that wolves are a girl's best friend. silly me. i guess your stomach is

    much more important.

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    ~ a special Zero mention must be made for

    . where did that brain of yours go? why are you getting your ass handed to you again and again? well at least you unstuck your head from that ass and finally delivered some seriously overdue comeuppance... but i had to read 900 pages to get to that part. i want my old Tyrion back, stat! ~

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    no review necessary, there are enough excellent ones out there. i loved this book, as i loved its predecessors. my favorite parts were the scenes with Sandor Clegane and Arya Stark. those two vicious killers were made for each other and their relationship was both laugh-out-loud funny and strangely moving. awww. at long last, a father figure that a child can truly look up to, and a daughter surrogate who knows what it means to really, really want to get some payback.

    and now on to the next one!

  • Jessi

    First an update on the Direwolf situation

    I still do not have one...sadface.

    This series !!! What can I say I am loving it! I don't know if I was just sick of everything else or just needed the escape but I am soooooo enjoying.

    The great thing is that I am on the third book and its not like I can't say which book I like better, which was weaker they are one long story that come in three(so far for me) packages.

    Its not like Indiana Jones. Where we say" man I love Indiana Jones but... that second o

    First an update on the Direwolf situation

    I still do not have one...sadface.

    This series !!! What can I say I am loving it! I don't know if I was just sick of everything else or just needed the escape but I am soooooo enjoying.

    The great thing is that I am on the third book and its not like I can't say which book I like better, which was weaker they are one long story that come in three(so far for me) packages.

    Its not like Indiana Jones. Where we say" man I love Indiana Jones but... that second one WTH? " You know, with Kate Capshaw and her never ending shriek and there were monkey brains.

    Do you remember the monkey brains?

    I remember the monkey brains.

    Refresher

    **I will make no mention of Indiana Jones and the skull of shit or whatever it was called because I have decided that Harrison Ford needed a new boat and it should not be included in the series.

    Anyways A Song of Fire and Ice seems to different from the other series I have read *cough* Sookie Stackhouse *cough*. I find them very refreshing and I never have any idea where its going or how he is going to get us there,also do not get attached to anyone cause George R R Martin be killing bitches left right and center. No one is safe.

    Confession time: I seem to have a crush on The Hound

    WHAT?

    Shut up!

    I dont want to talk about it!

    Whatever! I am not even sure he is alive,the last time we saw him he was feeling a bit stabbed under a tree and I am not puting a "spoiler tag" on that, cause if I don't know then I am not spoiling anything.

    Maybe its cause he is so grumpy?

    This series brings out some weird attractions, my friend said she thought Littlefinger was sexy, he is a quirky mother f@&ker I'll give ya that, also she did not judge my hound problem so we're good.

  • karen

    HAPPY SEASON 4 FINALE EVE, NERDIES!!!

    success! i have managed to read this book without getting spoiled ahead of time!! so - ha! to you nerds talking loudly in my sci-fi section about the plot!! i ran to the history wall and hummed loudly until they left. ha! to that jerk at BEA telling his colleagues every. single. thing. that happened in the third book while he stood behind me in that justin cronin line!! i made greg

    HAPPY SEASON 4 FINALE EVE, NERDIES!!!

    success! i have managed to read this book without getting spoiled ahead of time!! so - ha! to you nerds talking loudly in my sci-fi section about the plot!! i ran to the history wall and hummed loudly until they left. ha! to that jerk at BEA telling his colleagues every. single. thing. that happened in the third book while he stood behind me in that justin cronin line!! i made greg come back from his booth-browsing and hold our place (he has read all of these already), and i scooted over to the chronicle booth and peered around the corner, while greg stood in line wide-eyed and kept making "no, it is not safe yet" gestures and all i heard was the phrase

    ha! to all you irresponsible but adorably enthusiastic teenage reviewers of these books with your spoilery status updates in my feed! i have scrolled through quickly quickly and managed to remain completely untainted.

    and man, there would have been a lot to get spoiled, here.

    and now it is my turn.

    okay, so that was a tease, and i would never be that much of a jerk. but now i understand. i feel powerful, stuffed to the gills with knowledge. and i am so freaking amped for season three to begin, because i cannot wait to see some of these scenes played out.

    but apart from that,i mean, this is the third book in a series. so what can i possibly say in a review?? it is difficult to talk about a "middle" book without spoilers, and the casual goodreader isn't going to read this "review", probably, because there has been so much content, so much context, that it would make no sense to someone who has never picked up a book in this series before. i was re-reading some of my third-book reviews, for books that aren't just a trilogy, and you can see the struggle...

    how do you talk about something that is continuing, for people who have no idea what you are talking about?

    so, i assume only fans of martin are reading this, and you people know how good this book is, so what can i possibly say? so i'm just going to whitter on about some things i like/feel like whittering about.

    oh, dana, i am so sorry about that thing that happens to your beloved character.

    oblique spoiler:

    and in searching for that image, i rediscovered this site that has way more content than it used to, and i got sucked in for about an hour:

    which led me to this, which is a book-one spoiler, so careful, uninitiated friends:

    it is worth a visit to scroll through their archives; i had me some guffaws.

    okay, but there were a couple of things that i didn't like in this book:

    but those were just minor flaws in what is otherwise a great book. george martin is good at a number of different things. for epic fantasy, which is usually defined by action sequences and the large-scale, his books are so skillful at the quiet moments. don't get me wrong, there are plenty of HUGE scenes in this book, but there are also so many small conversations that are seemingly inconsequential to the overall storyline, but they go so far towards character development, which is something lost in a lot of genre-fiction. these characters are vivid, and their decisions (mostly - see gripe number 2) make sense in terms of their positions and ambitions and survival instincts.and they will affect you.

    i started reading this while i was re-watching the first season of

    , which is an exercise i strongly recommend. there are so many parallels, in the way that characters operate within the parameters of "the game," and their individual codes of honor and behavior, and in the rises and falls of characters that are predicated upon such seemingly inconsequential events. the long drawn-out cause-and-effect situations, they are masterful and span seasons/books, which is such a delight to a fan.

    which search led me to this:

    and, oh, god, i love the internet:

    is there anything you do not have, internet??

    this book is "everyone's" favorite, but for me, i think i like the second book better. yet i understand the feeling people have for this; the great love and the great heartbreak. and - oh - the way he takes things we thought we already understood from as far back as the first book; about jon arryn and about tysha, and he's all "nahhhh, this is what happened for real." so very cool. just when you thought you had closure...

    it is an easy series to get addicted to. there are some problems, for sure, some of the writing occasionally can be cliched, and there is some repetition that is a little tedious, but overall, this is a character-driven series that has great scenes of action, is genuinely

    in a lot of places, and the strategies of characters are worth it. remember that as you struggle through the lyrics to "the bear and the maiden fair" for the hundredth time.

    incidentally, i would read an entire series of novels featuring jaime and brienne on a road trip.

    in closing:

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  • Mohammed Arabey

    في الجزء الأول أرسل مساعد الملك روبرت ' إيدارد ستارك' فرسان لوقف أعتداءات عائلة لانيستر في بلدان النهر وتحقيق العدالة, ولم نعرف مصيرهم بعد وفاة الملك ومساعده نيد ستارك, هنا سنعرف مصيرهم وحياتهم في ظل حكم الملك جوفري المراهق, ومساعده تايون لانيستر نفسه

    فما مصير هؤلاء الفرسان الذي صار يدعي الملك الجديد أنهم خارجين عن القانون ؟ و ما مصير الخارجين عن القانون الذين أستعان بهم لانيستر لنشر الفوضي في بلدان النهر؟

    من أرسل قاتل لأغتيال أبن أيدارد ستارك الصغير بالجزء اﻷول؟ وهل سيلقي جزاءه؟ وما سر قدرة بران ستارك نفسه للدخول في عقل ذئبه؟ وهل أخوته لديهم جزء من هذه الموهبة؟

    ما سر تحركات الهمج، القوم اﻷحرار ناحية الجدار؟ وهل لها علاقة بأختفاء عم جون سنو بالجزء اﻷول؟

    ماذا بعد أنتصارات روب ستارك ملك الشمال في كل معاركه؟ هل يضمن له ان يكسب الحرب؟ ولماذا تشعر أمه كاتلين ستارك بكل هذا الخواء برغم الأنتصارات؟

    ماهي الخطوة التالية لملكة التنانين؟ الملكة الشرعية لويستروس والمنفية وراء البحار؟ و ما سر الرجلان الذان يتبعناها منذ الجزء السابق؟ وماسر عدم ثقة فارسها به؟

    ماذا سيفعل الملك ستانيس براثيون بعد هزيمته؟ وما سر تشبثه بالأبن الغير شرعي للملك السابق روبرت براثيون؟ وهل للمرأة الحمراء دور بهذا؟ تلك الكاهنة التي يمقتها مساعده دافوس؟

    أبن أثري عائلات ويستروس، الوسيم،المتعجرف، ذابح الملك ،كاسر النذر خائن العهد، صاحب العلاقة الغير شرعية مع أخته سيرسي..وقد يكون المتهم في إرسال قاتل لبران ستارك ذو التسع سنوات بعد أن ألقاه من البرج بالجزء اﻷول

    بالرغم من كونه مجرد شخصية جانبية في جزء "جون سنو" بالجزئين السابقين , بالرغم من كونه الشخصية الجبانة والتي تخشي كل شئ ماعدا الأعتراف بذلك

    ولكنه يثبت شئ من الثبات بنهاية الجزء الثاني

    ونتيجة لأنفصاله لتوالي الأحداث عن جون سنو بنهاية الجزء الثاني وأنفصال جون سنو نفسه عن الحرس الليلي لينضم للهمج في مهمة سرية كان يجب أن يكون هناك من ينقل لنا ماذا يحدث بين الحرس الليلي والجدار بالشمال خاصا أن الأوضاع كانت أكثر توترا وخطورة عن الأجزاء السابقة

    فضلا عن هذه الشخصيتين هناك الكثير من الشخصيات التي تظهر لأول مرة ,كجماعة فرسان أحرار "

    " وطائفتهم بقيادة "

    " وكاهن أخر "ثورون" يتبع نفس العقيدة العجيبة السحرية لأله النار كالمرأة الحمراء ميليساندرا

    هناك أيضا الظهور الأول ل"

    " قائد البرابرة ,أو كما يطلق عليه "ملك خلف الجدار" ,والذي يقابله لأول مرة جون سنو ليعرف سر تحركات الهمج "البرابرة" نحو الجدار وقري الشمال وهي شخصية مثيرة جدا ومكتوبة بشكل ممتاز بالرغم من قصر دوره

    حتي الشخصية التي تظهر في أخر فصل..10 صفحات يروي قصة حياته في عائلة "فيري" وسوء حظه..لتنتهي حياته في هذا الفصل الوحيد كما أن هذا الفصل اﻷخير نفسه ينتهي نهاية غير متوقعة ولم تظهر حتي اﻷن بالمسلسل ، نهاية صادمة غريبة ومشوقة تدفعك لمعرفة المزيد بالجزء التالي

    بالأجزاء السابقة نجد سانسا ستارك, فتاة علي أعتاب المراهقة , تعشق الأغنيات , أغنيات الفرسان الشجعان , الحب والفروسية والجمال.. كانت تشعر أن الحياة كتلك الأغنيات

    ولكن الحياة في اغنية الجليد والنار ليست من ذلك النوع , من نوع مختلف من الأغنيات والتي تم ذكرها في أجزاء سابقة ولكن هنا نجد أن اغنيتين بالأخص كان لهما النصيب الأكبر من التماثل مع الأحداث وهما

    من بعد الجزء الثاني تغير تماما مستقبل كليهما، فسانسا لم تعد مخطوبة للمتوحش الملك جوفري ، وعليه فهي العذراء الجميلة تنتظر فارسا ينقذها من أراضي الملك وقبضة سيرسي

    و لخطة أخري يلعبها منزل 'هايجاردن' الذي منه خطيبة الملك الجديدة مارجري تايريل، تقرر السيدة أولينا مكافأتها بعرض زواج أحد عائلة تايريل، وأن تنتقل للعيش بهايجردن وتبعد عن الملك جوفري وسيرسي

    وترتفع أمال سانسا بذلك الفارس الذي سينقذها ولكن، إنها أغنية الدب والعذراء الحسناء...إنها أنشودة عاصفة السيوف

    فتايرون لانيستر ، القزم ، أيضا تغير مستقبله تماما عن الجزء الثاني، فهو لم يعد من الحرب التي خاضها دفاعا عن أراضي الملك محبوبا أكثر، بالعكس عاد مكروها أكثر ،جريحا جروح شوهته أكثر من بعد نجاته من محاولة إغتيال دبرتها أخته ليظهر أنه سقط في الحرب

    تم نزعه من منصبه تماما كمساعد 'يد' الملك لصالح أبيه تايون لانيستر والذي صار يتحكم فيه بشراسة أكثر ، وايضا أخته سيرسي وحتي أبن أخته الملك جوفري

    ولكن ما زاد عن كل ذلك، رد فعل أبيه المفاجئ فور معرفته خطة عائلة تايريل السرية لتزويج سانسا ...فقد قرار سبقهم وتزويج ابنه القزم المشوه من الحرب "تايرون" لسانسا ستارك...العذراء الحسناء

    لم تطلب يوما أن ينقذها فارس، فهي فتاة صغيرة عنيدة..شهدت إعدام أبيها وعانت صعوبات في الطريق لتصل ﻷخيها ملك الشمال...وبعد هروبها بأعجوبة من هارينهال بنهاية الجزء الثاني، تواجه مصاعب في طريقها إلي ريفيررن ، مدن منطقة النهر ، حيث أخيها روب ستارك ملك الشمال وأمها ...ولكن الطريق صعب وملئ بقطاع الطرق، وحتي فرسان الملك السابق المعدمين "الأخوان بلا راية" والذين يصطحبوا آريا معهم للحصول علي فدية... ولكن من قال أن صحبة هؤلاء الأخوان سيجعلها بمأمن من عاصفة السيوف؟

    هذا الجزء سنتعرف علي جماعة الأخوان بلا راية والعجائب الخارقة للطبيعة التي يقوم بها كاهنهم ، وتظل آريا أسيرتهم هي وجريندي و هوتباي من الجزء السابق، ولكنها تجد نفسها تبتعد دوما عن وصولها لأهلها..ولكنهم ليسوا الدب هنا

    بعد الجزء الثاني وإنضمام جون سنو للهمج، البرابرة ، أو كما يطلقون علي أنفسهم 'القوم اﻷحرار' ، وذلك ليكسب ثقتهم كمرتد عن الحرس الليلي ولكي يعرف خططهم وسبب تجمعاتهم الضخمة وزحفهم إلي جنوب أراضيهم نحو الجدار ... سيتعرف جون علي ياجريت والتي ﻷنه أبقي علي حياتها بالجزء الثاني، تساعده في أن يكسب ثقة قومها

    هي تساعده، وتقربه من قومها...تحاول أن تثبت له أن الجميع يجب ان يكونوا أحرارا، وأن لا أختلاف بين قومها وقومه...جميعهم بشرا من دماء واحدة

    المعضلة هنا هي أن جون سنو لا يريد خلف قسم أخوية الحرس الليلي, والذي يقتضي عليه ألا يتزوج أمرأة..ولكنه إن لم يكن طبيعيا مع ياجريت فأن هذا سيزيد شكوك القوم الأحرار ..فماذا سيفعل؟

    بالرغم من جبنه إلا أن شهامته ظهرت عندما إستنجدت به فتاة من القوم اﻷحرار ،جيلي، حيث يقوم أبيها/زوجها في حالة إنجاب بناته/زوجاته أبن ذكر ، فأنه يقوم بالتضحية به لآلهة الجليد!! وعندما علمت جيلي بحملها ولدا لم تجد سوي سام

    وبالرغم من رفضه بالجزء السابق إنقاذها بسبب قسم أخوية الحرس الليلي، إلا أن الأحداث المؤسفة الغادرة تجعله هو أيضا يحتاج إنقاذ

    هي أيضا تنويعة مختلفة من اﻷغنية...هي الملكة الجميلة التي تحاول أن تكون قوية ، أرملة دروجو قائد قوم الدوسراكي اﻷقوياء، ملكة التنانين ، ولكنها أيضا في حاجة لمن يدعمها ويرشدها

    صديقها المخلص كما تراه، سير جوراه , ولا تعلم عن أنه في البداية كان جاسوسا عليها لصالح الملك روبرت براثيون، هو سير جوراه

    هو يحبها ليس كمجرد فارس وملكته، بل هو يعشقها، يحاول حمايتها من كل الرجال ولا يثق بأحد مما يجعلها تضيق خنقا

    هي أيضا لديها شكوكها للفارس المنضم مؤخرا ومساعده كتابعان لها، ولكنها لا تشعر تجاه سير جوراه بنفس المشاعر، مما يجعلها في خضم جزءها الزخم باﻷحداث دائما في ذلك الصراع العاطفي ، حتي تنقلب اﻷحداث وتبدأ المفاجأت، ولا تنس النبؤة التي سمعتها دانيريس بنهاية الجزء الثاني حول 3 خيانات ستقابلها في طريقها

    وقد واجهت اﻷولي بالجزء اﻷول من الساحرة التي كلفتها حياة زوجها وأبنها في رحمها...مما جعلها شديدة الحذر تجاه الجميع

    حتي الأن علي الأقل

    محمد العربي

    من 21 أبريل 2015

    إلي 10 مايو 2015


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