A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin
A Storm of Swords is the third book of A Song of Ice and Fire, a fantasy series by American author George R. R. Martin. It was first published on August 8, 2000, in the United Kingdom.
A Storm of Swords is also the name of the second expansion to the board game A Game of Thrones, released in July 2006. Approximately the first half of the novel was adapted for television as the third season of the HBO show Game of Thrones, while the second half became the basis for the series’ fourth season and some elements for the series’ fifth season.
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.
The series of novels include A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, A Feast for Crows, A Dance with Dragons, The Winds of Winter, and A Dream of Spring.
A Storm of Swords Age Rating
“A Clash of Kings” has been rated 17+ as it contains Graphic sex and sexual acts, incest, rape, gang rape, genital mutilation, prostitution, domestic violence, subjugation of women, forced child marriage.
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A Storm of Swords Summary
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 alliances are made and broken. Joffrey sits on the Iron Throne, the uneasy ruler of the Seven Kingdoms. His most bitter rival, Lord Stannis, stands defeated and disgraced, a 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 manoeuver 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…
“Sometimes I think everyone is just pretending to be brave, and none of us really are. Maybe pretending is how you get brave, I don’t know.”
― George R.R. Martin, A Storm of Swords
- Prologue: Chett, a brother and hound-keeper of the Night’s Watch
- Jaime Lannister, the Kingslayer, and the Lord Commander of the Kingsguard. Imprisoned by the Starks.
- Jon Snow, bastard son of Eddard Stark, a sworn brother of the Night’s Watch
- Catelyn Stark, of House Tully, widow of Lord Eddard Stark, mother of Robb Stark
- Tyrion Lannister, youngest son of Tywin Lannister, a dwarf, brother of Jaime and Cersei Lannister
- Sansa Stark, eldest daughter of Eddard and Catelyn Stark
- Arya Stark, youngest daughter of Eddard and Catelyn Stark
- Bran Stark, son of Eddard and Catelyn Stark, heir to Winterfell and the North
- Samwell Tarly, cowardly son of Lord Randyll Tarly, a sworn brother of the Night’s Watch
- Davos Seaworth, a smuggler turned knight in the service of King Stannis Baratheon
- Daenerys Targaryen, exiled Queen of Westeros, of the Targaryen dynasty
- Epilogue: Merrett Frey, a member of the numerous Frey family.
About The Writer
George Raymond Richard “R.R.” Martin was born September 20, 1948, in Bayonne, New Jersey. His father was Raymond Collins Martin, a longshoreman, and his mother was Margaret Brady Martin. He has two sisters, Darleen Martin Lapinski and Janet Martin Patten.
Martin attended Mary Jane Donohoe School and Marist High School. He began writing very young, selling monster stories to other neighborhood children for pennies, dramatic readings included. Later he became a comic book fan and collector in high school and began to write fiction for comic fanzines (amateur fan magazines). Martin’s first professional sale was made in 1970 at age 21: “The Hero,” sold to Galaxy, published in February 1971 issue. Other sales followed.
Official website: georgerrmartin.com
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