A Storm of Swords
A Storm of Swords is the third book from the series. It was published in two parts. Part one, “Steel and Stone” was published in June 2001, and part two, “Blood and Gold”, in August the same year.
The novel won two awards, and it was nominated for the Hugo Award, the most prestigious award in fiction and fantasy publishing. It lost to “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”.
The first part was adapted as HBO’s Game of Thrones season three, and the second part was the base of the fourth season of the TV show.
The story, like in the previous books, is told through the eyes of ten main characters.
Short summary, parts one and two (may contain spoilers from the previous books)
The story continues where the previous book left off. We know that Catelyn Stark has Jamie Lannister as her captive. She trades his freedom for the release of her daughters Arya and Sansa. Jamie begins his journey to King’s Landing accompanied by Brienne of Tarth.
The King of the North, Robb Stark, meets one Jeyne Westerling and he gets married with her. Doing this, he breaks his promise to wed one of Walder Frey’s daughters. When he and his army reach the Twins, the Freys’ home, it seems like Walder Frey has decided to forgive him for the broken promise, if one of is men marries one of his daughters instead. Everyone is fine with the decision, and they get ready for the wedding.
Arya, and her friends from the previous book, meet the “Brotherhood Without Banners”. Here arrives the Hound, or Sandor Clegane, who we know from the previous books as Joffrey’s “knight”. He offers a trial by combat, and wins, killing Lord Beric Dondarion, one of the leaders of the Brotherhood. But, Beric is resurrected by the red priest, Thoros of Myr. This is the first time we see the powers of R’hollor.
In King’s Landing we meet the Tyrells. Joffrey who was betrothed to Sansa Stark, decides that he wants to marry Marjory Tyrell. Sansa on the other hand is married to the Imp, Tyrion Lannister.
Beyond the Wall, the Night’s Watch is attacked by the Others, the mythical creatures that were “asleep” for a thousand years, and undead wights, their brainless warriors. Samwell Tarly kills one of them using a blade made from dragonglass .
Bran Stark, Hodor, Jojen and Meera are headed to the Wall, trying to find the Three Eyed Raven, the creature he sees in his dreams.
Daenerys Targaryen is now headed for Pentos. In the cities of Slaver’s Bay she learns that she can buy a large slave army, so she exchanges one of her dragons for this army.
That is all that you will get from me. In this book there is one of the biggest plot twists in the series, but if you watched the show I’m sure you can guess it.
The book is much longer than the previous two, hence the two parts thing, but you won’t be able to leave it. There are some boring chapters, for me especially the ones from Davos’ point of view, but there are just three of four like those.
If you finished the previous two books, don’t stop there. The story gets more and more intense and as usual, the faith of the characters is not easy to predict.