Author: 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.
A Storm of Swords
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 SevenKingdoms have exploded in a veritable storm of swords. . .
Bluestocking’s Opinion: If you have seen the show, this is the third season. This book has the Red Wedding and the Purple Wedding amongst other things. This book a few new players enter the series, namely the Tyrell family. Also we meet the famous Tywin Lannister. We do find out a few new secrets such as who sent the hitman to kill Bran Stark. We also find out who killed John Arryn. It appears that Joffrey might be the ultimate cause of the War of the Five Kings.
I was a little bit disappointed because there was no mention or discussion regarding the history of the Others. I really wish the author would give us something! Also I would love to know who Coldhands really is and how he can be alive when his heart no longer beats. I really with Sansa would grow a spine and become a bigger player in the game. She just sits there like the perfect lady. **sighs**