A Storm of Swords: Book 3 of A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin
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A Storm of Swords: A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin is the third book in the A Song of Ice and Fire fantasy series. The story picks up slightly before where the last book ended. Joffrey Baratheon has been crowned the king of the Seven Kingdoms, however, the throne is not secure. His parental uncle is perturbed by the incestuous parentage of Joffrey and he continues to press his claim on the Baratheon throne. Robb Stark and his mother Catelyn lead the House Stark and fight to reestablish the title of the King in the North. The Seven Kingdoms is in turmoil. The last surviving member of the Targaryen line is raising a vast and hostile army and three dragons to reclaim the throne which was once snatched away from them through deceit and coup. The denizens of the Seven Kingdoms are not aware of these developments across the sea.
Sansa Stark is still held hostage by the Lannisters. She is married to the dwarf Tyrion and finds her love dashed. Meanwhile Arya Stark forms an alliance with the ruthless knight Sandor Clegane after her brother Robb Stark and mother Catelyn are murdered by the House Frey. Bran Stark pushes across the protective wall in search of the man who will teach him to harness the strengths of his dreams. Jon Snow the illegitimate sibling of the Starks is the last hope of the Night’s Watch on the wall when it is attacked.
A Storm of Swords: A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin received highly positive reviews. It topped the New York Times Bestseller list. The author masterly deals with a vast array of characters and multiple storylines simultaneously. The narrative is compact and fast-paced and keeps the readers engaged till the end. Martin develops the characters and adds flesh to them and the readers will be able to relate with each of the characters. He weaves an imagery where the readers can visualize the characters and the story. A Storm of Swords is a timeless classic in a fantastic and intense fantasy series. It is a highly recommended read and should not be missed. The readers will be left craving for the next book after they read this one.