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A Storm of Swords

US Hardcover Edition
Author George R. R. Martin
Cover artist Steve Youll
Country United States
Language English
Series A Song of Ice and Fire
Genre(s) Fantasy
Publisher Bantam Books (US) & Voyager Books (UK)
Publication date August 2000 (UK) & November 2000 (US)
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages 973 (US Hardback), 976 (UK Hardback), 1216 (US Paperback)
ISBN ISBN 0-553-10663-5 (US Hardback), ISBN 0-00-224586-8 (UK Hardback), ISBN 0-553-57342-X (US Paperback)
Preceded by A Clash of Kings
Followed by A Feast for Crows
 

A Storm of Swords is the third of seven planned novels in A Song of Ice and Fire, an epic fantasy series by American author George R. R. Martin. It was first published on 8 August 2000 in the United Kingdom, with a United States edition following in November 2000. Its publication was preceded by a novella called Path of the Dragon, which collects some of the Daenerys Targaryen chapters from the novel into a single book. Image File history File links AStormOfSwords. ... George Raymond Richard Martin, sometimes called GRRM, born September 20, 1948 in Bayonne, New Jersey is an American author and screenwriter of science fiction, horror, and fantasy. ... Paul and Stephen Youll are brothers and artists. ... In political geography and international politics, a country is a political division of a geographical entity, a sovereign territory, most commonly associated with the notions of state or nation and government. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... A Song of Ice and Fire (commonly abbreviated as ASoIaF) is a series of epic fantasy novels by American author George R. R. Martin. ... Smaug in his lair: an illustration for the fantasy The Hobbit Fantasy is a genre of art that uses magic and other supernatural forms as a primary element of plot, theme, or setting. ... A publisher is a person or entity which engages in the act of publishing. ... Bantam Books is a major U.S. publishing house owned by Random House and is part of the Bantam Dell Publishing Group. ... HarperCollins is a publishing organization owned by News Corporation. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article may require cleanup. ... ISBN-13 represented as EAN-13 bar code (in this case ISBN 978-3-16-148410-0) The International Standard Book Number, ISBN, is a unique[1] commercial book identifier barcode. ... A Clash of Kings is the second of seven planned novels in A Song of Ice and Fire, an epic fantasy series by American author George R. R. Martin. ... A Feast for Crows is the fourth of seven planned novels in A Song of Ice and Fire, an epic fantasy series by American author George R. R. Martin. ... A Song of Ice and Fire (commonly abbreviated as ASoIaF) is a series of epic fantasy novels by American author George R. R. Martin. ... High fantasy is a subgenre of fantasy fiction that is set in invented or parallel worlds. ... George Raymond Richard Martin, sometimes called GRRM, born September 20, 1948 in Bayonne, New Jersey is an American author and screenwriter of science fiction, horror, and fantasy. ... is the 220th day of the year (221st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


To date, A Storm of Swords is the longest novel in the series. It was so long that in the UK its paperback edition was split in half, Part 1 being published as Steel and Snow in June 2001 (with the one-volume cover) and Part 2 as Blood and Gold in August 2001 (with a specially-commissioned new cover). In France, the decision was made to cut the novel into four separate editions.


A Storm of Swords won the 2001 Locus Award and 2002 Geffen Award for Best Novel and was nominated for the 2002 Nebula Award for Best Novel. Significantly, it was the first novel in the series to be nominated for the Hugo Award, one of the two most prestigious awards in science fiction and fantasy publishing, although it lost to JK Rowling's novel Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. The Locus Awards are presented to winners of Locus Magazines annual readers poll, which was established in the early 70s specifically to provide recommendations and suggestions to Hugo Awards voters. ... The Geffen Award is an annual award given by the Israeli Society for Science Fiction and Fantasy since 1999. ... The Nebula is an award given each year by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA), for the best science fiction/fantasy fiction published in the United States during the two previous years (see rolling eligibility below). ... The 2005 Hugo Award with base designed by Deb Kosiba. ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... Smaug in his lair: an illustration for the fantasy The Hobbit Fantasy is a genre of art that uses magic and other supernatural forms as a primary element of plot, theme, or setting. ... Joanne Rowling OBE (born July 31, 1965 in Chipping Sodbury, South Gloucestershire), commonly known as J.K. Rowling (pronunciation: roll-ing; her former students used to joke with her name calling her the Rolling Stone), is a British fiction writer. ... Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (film) or Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (video game) Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is the fourth novel in the Harry Potter series written by J.K. Rowling. ...


Meisha Merlin, who had previously issued limited, illustrated editions of both A Game of Thrones and A Clash of Kings, were planning to release a similar version for A Storm of Swords in two volumes. However, lengthy delays on the release of A Clash of Kings caused Meisha Merlin to lose the printing rights for the book, which were picked up by Subterranean Press instead. This edition, fully illustrated by Charles Vess, was released in the summer of 2006. Meisha Merlin Publishing is an independent publishing company founded in 1996 by Stephen Pagel, Kevin Murphy, and Brian Murphy. ... A Game of Thrones is the first of seven planned novels in A Song of Ice and Fire, an epic fantasy series by American author George R. R. Martin. ... A Clash of Kings is the second of seven planned novels in A Song of Ice and Fire, an epic fantasy series by American author George R. R. Martin. ... Subterranean Press is a small press publisher in Michigan. ... Charles Vess (born 1951) is an American illustrator. ...


A Storm of Swords is also the name of the second expansion to the board game "A Game of Thrones", released in July 2006. A board game is a game played with counters or pieces that are placed on, removed from, or moved across a board (a premarked surface, usually specific to that game). ... A Game of Thrones is a strategy board game created by Christian T. Petersen and released by Fantasy Flight Games in 2003. ...


The novel has been placed as the number 1 rated book at the Internet Book List since a revision of the rating system in October 2005. This list is derived from the votes of Internet Book List registered users. The Internet Book List (IBList) is an online database with information about books, authors, short stories, etc. ...

Contents

Plot introduction

A Storm of Swords is set in a fictitious world reminiscent of Medieval Europe (primarily on a continent called Westeros), except for the fact that in this world, seasons can last for years, sometimes decades. The Middle Ages formed the middle period in a traditional schematic division of European history into three ages: the classical civilization of Antiquity, the Middle Ages, and modern times. ... Westeros is one of the three continents described in George R. R. Martins fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire. ...


Plot summary

UK hardcover edition of A Storm of Swords.

A Storm of Swords picks up the story where A Clash of Kings ended. The Seven Kingdoms are in the grip of the War of the Five Kings, with Robb Stark, Balon Greyjoy, Joffrey Baratheon, Stannis Baratheon and the late Renly Baratheon fighting to secure their crowns. Stannis Baratheon's attempt to take King's Landing has been defeated by the new alliance between House Lannister (backing Joffrey) and House Tyrell, and House Martell has also pledged its support to the Lannisters though the forces of Dorne have yet to take the field. Meanwhile, a large host of wildlings is marching on the Wall under Mance Rayder, with only the tiny force of the Night's Watch in its path; and in the distant east, Daenerys Targaryen is on her way back to Pentos in the hope of raising forces to retake the Iron Throne. Image File history File links GeorgeRRMartin_AStormOfSwords_UK.jpg Licensing This image is of a book cover, and the copyright for it is most likely owned either by the artist who drew the cover or the publisher of the book. ... Image File history File links GeorgeRRMartin_AStormOfSwords_UK.jpg Licensing This image is of a book cover, and the copyright for it is most likely owned either by the artist who drew the cover or the publisher of the book. ... The War of the Five Kings is a fictional war that takes place in American fantasy author George R. R. Martins A Song of Ice and Fire series of novels. ... House Stark is a fictional noble family from George R. R. Martins A Song of Ice and Fire. ... House Greyjoy is a fictional family from George R. R. Martins A Song of Ice and Fire. ... House Baratheon is a fictional family from George R. R. Martins A Song of Ice and Fire. ... House Baratheon is a fictional family from George R. R. Martins A Song of Ice and Fire. ... House Baratheon is a fictional family from George R. R. Martins A Song of Ice and Fire. ... House Lannister is a fictional family from George R. R. Martins A Song of Ice and Fire book series. ... House Tyrell is a fictional family in George R. R. Martins epic fantasy book series A Song of Ice and Fire. ... House Martell is a fictional family from George R. R. Martins A Song of Ice and Fire. ... Westeros is one of the three continents described in George R. R. Martins fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire. ... Many of the major and minor characters in George R. R. Martins series A Song of Ice and Fire belong to one of the major houses of Westeros, and are described on the page for that house. ... The Nights Watch is an organization dedicated to defending the realms of man in George R.R. Martins epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire. ... Daenerys Targaryen is a fictional character from George R. R. Martins A Song of Ice and Fire. ... The Free Cities are a geographic and cultural region in George R. R. Martins epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire. ...


The novel begins in the final months of 299 After the Landing and carries on into the year 300 AL.


In the Seven Kingdoms

The North / The Riverlands

Brienne of Tarth escorts Jaime Lannister from Riverrun by boat, Jaime having been released at Catelyn Stark's order. Brienne is to take Jaime back to King's Landing and ensure that Sansa and Arya Stark are returned in his place. They are pursued by Tully bannermen, as Edmure Tully has let it be known that Jaime is an escaped fugitive. Jaime spends most of his time insulting Brienne, despite her great size and strength with a sword. They are forced to abandon the river and take to the countryside, but are waylaid by mercenaries from the eastern continent known as The Brave Companions (now in the service of Roose Bolton, having swapped sides from the Lannisters) and taken to Harrenhal, which is now under their command. The leader of the Companions, Vargo Hoat, chops off Jaime's sword hand, but Roose Bolton is unimpressed by his liege man's behavior and sends Jaime back to King's Landing with compliments to Lord Tywin, which strikes both travelers as an odd thing to do. Brienne, unfortunately, is left to Hoat's mercies. Jaime has a change of heart and comes back to rescue her, helping save her from a bear pit. As Jaime leaves, he tells Bolton to "Send Robb Stark my regards." Many of the major and minor characters in George R. R. Martins series A Song of Ice and Fire belong to one of the major houses of Westeros, and are described on the page for that house. ... House Lannister is a fictional family from George R. R. Martins A Song of Ice and Fire book series. ... Much of the action in George R.R. Martins epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire takes place in and around various strongholds of note on the continent of Westeros. ... House Tully is a fictional family from George R. R. Martins A Song of Ice and Fire. ... Much of the action in George R.R. Martins epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire takes place in and around various settlements and strongholds of note on the continent of Westeros. ... House Stark is a fictional noble family from George R. R. Martins A Song of Ice and Fire. ... House Stark is a fictional noble family from George R. R. Martins A Song of Ice and Fire. ... House Tully is a fictional family from George R. R. Martins A Song of Ice and Fire. ... House Tully is a fictional family from George R. R. Martins A Song of Ice and Fire. ... The fictional world of George R. R. Martins fantasy epic A Song of Ice and Fire includes a number of organizations, societies, and mercenary companies. ... House Bolton is a fictional family in George R. R. Martins epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire. ... Much of the action in George R.R. Martins epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire takes place in and around various strongholds of note on the continent of Westeros. ... House Lannister is a fictional family from George R. R. Martins A Song of Ice and Fire book series. ... House Stark is a fictional noble family from George R. R. Martins A Song of Ice and Fire. ...


Robb's army returns to Riverrun in triumph, having smashed several Lannister forces in the Westerlands and won great victories. However, Robb is furious with his uncle Edmure: Robb's plan was for Tywin to come west and into a trap Robb was preparing, but Edmure's over-zealous defense of Riverrun spoiled the surprise. Catelyn is horrified when Robb reveals that he has married Jeyne Westerling of the Crag, violating his oath of betrothal to House Frey. Robb claims he had no choice: Jeyne 'comforted' him after he learned of the burning of Winterfell and the deaths of Bran and Rickon. The King in the North is in dire straits: his forces are dwindling due to the loss of the Freys as well as the Karstarks, whose lord Rickard murders two Lannister POWs and is executed as a traitor, not to mention a botched attack on Duskendale ordered by Roose Bolton; the force of foot, led by Robett Glover, is caught between Lord Randyll Tarly and Ser Gregor Clegane, leading to the slaughter of a third of Robb's strength. He cannot retreat for more men, as the Greyjoys now hold his home territory. Nevertheless, Robb has a new plan to outflank and take Moat Cailin from the Greyjoys and allow them to return to the North. Unfortunately, the Riverlords will have to fight on for themselves. Catelyn agrees to this plan, but it hinges on winning the support of the Freys once more, which they are now unlikely to give. Robb is angry that Catelyn let Jaime go, but cunningly uses her guilt at this in order to get her to agree to him naming Jon Snow, his half-brother, as his heir. Not long after this, Lord Hoster Tully finally dies and Edmure becomes Lord of Riverrun. House Lannister is a fictional family from George R. R. Martins A Song of Ice and Fire book series. ... Many of the major and minor characters in George R. R. Martins series A Song of Ice and Fire belong to one of the major houses of Westeros, and are described on the page for that house. ... House Frey is a fictional family in George R. R. Martins A Song of Ice and Fire. ... Much of the action in George R.R. Martins epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire takes place in and around various strongholds of note on the continent of Westeros. ... House Stark is a fictional noble family from George R. R. Martins A Song of Ice and Fire. ... House Stark is a fictional noble family from George R. R. Martins A Song of Ice and Fire. ... Geneva Convention definition A prisoner of war (POW) is a soldier, sailor, airman, or marine who is imprisoned by an enemy power during or immediately after an armed conflict. ... Many of the major and minor characters in George R. R. Martins series A Song of Ice and Fire belong to one of the major houses of Westeros, and are described on the page for that house. ... Many of the major and minor characters in George R. R. Martins series A Song of Ice and Fire belong to one of the major houses of Westeros, and are described on the page for that house. ... House Greyjoy is a fictional family from George R. R. Martins A Song of Ice and Fire. ... Much of the action in George R.R. Martins epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire takes place in and around various strongholds of note on the continent of Westeros. ... House Stark is a fictional noble family from George R. R. Martins A Song of Ice and Fire. ... House Tully is a fictional family from George R. R. Martins A Song of Ice and Fire. ...


Arya Stark and her friends encounter a group of men known as the Brotherhood Without Banners, led by Lord Beric Dondarrion and the red priest Thoros of Myr. Beric was originally sent out by Lord Eddard to put down the Lannister raids, but have evolved into a Robin Hood-esque organization, defending the smallfolk of the war-torn Riverlands. The group encounters Sandor Clegane, Joffrey's former bodyguard who fled the Battle of the Blackwater, and offer him trial by battle, which he wins (killing Lord Beric) and is set free. To Arya's amazement, Thoros is able to resurrect Beric using what he calls a gift from R'hllor. Arya eventually tires of following the Brotherhood and tries to break free, but is captured by Sandor Clegane instead. Clegane decides to take her back to her family in exchange for some kind of service, and they head north. House Stark is a fictional noble family from George R. R. Martins A Song of Ice and Fire. ... The Brotherhood Without Banners is an outlaw organization in George R.R. Martins epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire. ... The Brotherhood Without Banners is an outlaw organization in George R.R. Martins epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire. ... The Brotherhood Without Banners is an outlaw organization in George R.R. Martins epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire. ... House Stark is a fictional noble family from George R. R. Martins A Song of Ice and Fire. ... Robin Hood memorial statue in Nottingham. ... Many of the major and minor characters in George R. R. Martins series A Song of Ice and Fire belong to one of the major houses of Westeros, and are described on the page for that house. ... A judicial duel portrayed in a facsimile from the Cérémonies des Gages des Batailles, a manuscript of the fifteenth century in the National Library of Paris. ...


Robb Stark's host, now reinforced by Lord Roose Bolton's army from Harrenhal, reaches The Twins, where Robb parleys with Lord Walder Frey. Frey agrees to forgive Robb on the condition that Lord Edmure Tully weds one of Frey's daughters in Robb's place. Edmure's new bride, Roslin, turns out to be an attractive and gentle woman, which surprises Catelyn: the "late Lord Walder" is known for his tetchiness, and could easily have forced Edmure to marry a lackwit or an ugly girl instead. The wedding celebration is held and a great party takes place afterwards, though the musicians are described as being terrible. This is forced into perspective when they begin playing "The Rains of Castamere", a song celebrating Tywin Lannister's eradication of an unfaithful vassal, produce crossbows and fire into the Stark supporters. The Boltons and Freys, armed and armored, cut down many of the Stark bannermen present, killing Dacey Mormont and Smalljon Umber among them. Catelyn takes one of Walder Frey's grandsons, the halfwit Aegon, hostage with a knife, and threatens to kill him should Robb be harmed, but a man wearing the colours of House Bolton cuts Robb down anyway, saying "Jaime Lannister sends his regards." Catelyn kills her hostage, but in turn is restrained and her throat cut. Many of the northern lords are either killed or taken prisoner, but there are two missing: Robb had sent Lady Maege Mormont and Lord Galbart Glover to win the allegiance of Lord Howland Reed of Greywater Watch for their planned attack on Moat Cailin. Much of the action in George R.R. Martins epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire takes place in and around various strongholds of note on the continent of Westeros. ... House Frey is a fictional family in George R. R. Martins A Song of Ice and Fire. ... House Lannister is a fictional family from George R. R. Martins A Song of Ice and Fire book series. ... Many of the major and minor characters in George R. R. Martins series A Song of Ice and Fire belong to one of the major houses of Westeros, and are described on the page for that house. ... Many of the major and minor characters in George R. R. Martins series A Song of Ice and Fire belong to one of the major houses of Westeros, and are described on the page for that house. ... House Frey is a fictional family in George R. R. Martins A Song of Ice and Fire. ... Many of the major and minor characters in George R. R. Martins series A Song of Ice and Fire belong to one of the major houses of Westeros, and are described on the page for that house. ... Much of the action in George R.R. Martins epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire takes place in and around various strongholds of note on the continent of Westeros. ...


Arya and Sandor are in the outskirts of the castle when the "Red Wedding" takes place, and though Arya attempts to enter the castle and rescue her mother, Sandor forcibly restrains her (with an axe) and takes her downriver. Arya then has a dream in which she is actually her long-missing direwolf, Nymeria, who now leads a huge pack of wolves in the Riverlands. In the dream, Nymeria finds the corpse of a woman floating in the Green Fork south of the Twins and pulls it ashore, only to flee as a group of men approach. After this, Arya gives up on her mother, tells The Hound that, in her dream, Catelyn was dead.


Arya and Sandor run afoul of some of Gregor Clegane's men in an inn. There is a fight and the freeriders (two of whom are on Arya's list) are killed, but Sandor is wounded. Arya leaves him dying under a tree and goes to the nearby port town of Saltpans, on the Trident. She finds a ship from the Free City of Braavos there, but they refuse to take her north. She pulls out the coin Jaqen H'ghar gave her and the ship crew suddenly become more cooperative. They won't take her north, but they will take her back to Braavos with them. She agrees. The Free Cities are a geographic and cultural region in George R. R. Martins epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire. ... Many of the major and minor characters in George R. R. Martins series A Song of Ice and Fire belong to one of the major houses of Westeros, and are described on the page for that house. ...


The South / King's Landing

Davos Seaworth is washed ashore on a rocky island in the Narrow Sea, having been nearly killed in the epic Battle of the Blackwater. He is found by bannermen loyal to Stannis and taken back to Dragonstone. Along the way Davos comes to blame the red priestess Melisandre for Stannis' defeat and resolves to murder her. Upon his arrival he is immediately locked up for treason: Melisandre saw his intent in her flames. Melisandre talks to Davos and reveals that Stannis was defeated because she was not at the battle (at his bannermen's request), and asks for Davos simply to be true to his king. She also tells him that there are not seven gods but two: R'hllor, Lord of Light and Fire, and his enemy, the Great Other, Lord of Darkness and Cold, whose war has raged since the dawn of time. Stannis releases Davos and asks him to serve as his Hand. Davos agrees and begins to learn to read and write to better fulfill his office. Many of the major and minor characters in George R. R. Martins series A Song of Ice and Fire belong to one of the major houses of Westeros, and are described on the page for that house. ... House Baratheon is a fictional family from George R. R. Martins A Song of Ice and Fire. ... Much of the action in George R.R. Martins epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire takes place in and around various strongholds of note on the continent of Westeros. ... Many of the major and minor characters in George R. R. Martins series A Song of Ice and Fire belong to one of the major houses of Westeros, and are described on the page for that house. ...


King's Landing is rejoicing for their deliverance from the threat of Stannis Baratheon and the Tyrells are welcomed as liberators. King Joffrey agrees to set aside his betrothal to Sansa Stark, daughter of a House attainted of treason, and promises to marry Lady Margaery Tyrell instead. Sansa's freedom is short-lived, however, as she is soon forced to marry Tyrion Lannister. Tyrion was badly injured in the battle, losing his nose and suffering other wounds to his face, but he treats Sansa gently and refuses to consummate the marriage against her will. Tyrion himself is unimpressed with the turn of events, particularly as his father has taken up his role as Hand, reducing Tyrion to an advisory role, although he is later made master of coin to replace Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish (who has been named Lord of Harrenhal for his role in securing the Lannister-Tyrell alliance). Balon Greyjoy, styling himself King of the Iron Islands and the North, sends an offer of an alliance to Tywin, but Tywin spurns it, as he has another plan that does not involve selling off half the realm. Much of the action in George R.R. Martins epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire takes place in and around various settlements and strongholds of note on the continent of Westeros. ... House Tyrell is a fictional family in George R. R. Martins epic fantasy book series A Song of Ice and Fire. ... House Baratheon is a fictional family from George R. R. Martins A Song of Ice and Fire. ... House Stark is a fictional noble family from George R. R. Martins A Song of Ice and Fire. ... House Tyrell is a fictional family in George R. R. Martins epic fantasy book series A Song of Ice and Fire. ... House Lannister is a fictional family from George R. R. Martins A Song of Ice and Fire book series. ... Many of the major and minor characters in George R. R. Martins series A Song of Ice and Fire belong to one of the major houses of Westeros, and are described on the page for that house. ... House Greyjoy is a fictional family from George R. R. Martins A Song of Ice and Fire. ... Westeros is one of the three continents described in George R. R. Martins fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire. ... Westeros is one of the three continents described in George R. R. Martins fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire. ...


On Dragonstone Davos meets Edric Storm, one of King Robert's many bastards whom Stannis is keeping safe from the Lannisters. Davos is horrified to learn that Melisandre wants to sacrifice Edric and his royal blood to her fires to awaken the 'stone dragons,' which she thinks are the great statues that guard the castle. Stannis rejects this decision and instead gives some of his blood to the fires instead, naming the names of three men that he wants dead: Balon Greyjoy, Joffrey Baratheon and Robb Stark. (Chronologically, this happens shortly before the Red Wedding.)


Littlefinger, fresh from his diplomatic victory in gaining the alliance of the Tyrells and the titular Lord of Harrenhal, departs King's Landing for the Eyrie with a new scheme: to woo Lady Lysa Arryn into marriage and support of King Joffrey. Tyrion is suspicious of Littlefinger's growing power but is no longer in a position to stop him. Much of the action in George R.R. Martins epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire takes place in and around various strongholds of note on the continent of Westeros. ... House Tully is a fictional family from George R. R. Martins A Song of Ice and Fire. ...


Word reaches King's Landing of the death of King Robb Stark at the Red Wedding, closely followed by news that King Balon Greyjoy has died as well, swept over a bridge in Pyke by a strong wave. Joffrey is exultant, particularly keen on the gory detail that Robb's direwolf's head was sewn on his body, and Catelyn's body was hurled naked into the Green Fork. Margaery and Joffrey's wedding is held, but Joffrey spends more time tormenting his uncle Tyrion than paying attention to his wife. Suddenly Joffrey starts choking and dies in a fit on the floor. Tyrion suspects poison and inspects Joffrey's goblet before realising he could be blamed for the crime. He throws the goblet away, but is seen by several witnesses. His sister Cersei has him arrested and put on trial. Sansa Stark is smuggled out of the castle by Littlefinger, who has been hiding in the city for days after he was supposed to have left for the Eyrie. He also tells her that he was responsible for Joffrey's death. House Lannister is a fictional family from George R. R. Martins A Song of Ice and Fire book series. ...


Davos Seaworth learns to read and write. One of the letters he receives is from the Night's Watch, who sent missives to all the kings begging for aid against Mance Rayder and the wights. The success of Melisandre's spell has convinced Stannis to sacrifice Edric Storm to the flames to wake the dragons, but Davos smuggles Edric to safety. Stannis prepares to execute Davos for treason, but Davos is allowed to read the letter that lately arrived from the Wall. The news stuns Stannis and, more importantly, Melisandre. Many of the major and minor characters in George R. R. Martins series A Song of Ice and Fire belong to one of the major houses of Westeros, and are described on the page for that house. ...


Jaime Lannister and Brienne of Tarth reach King's Landing to find the situation volatile. Joffrey's brother Tommen has inherited the throne but is not yet crowned, Tyrion is on trial, and the Tyrell bannermen blame Brienne for King Renly's death, particularly Renly's close friend Ser Loras Tyrell. She is thrown in a dungeon. Jaime takes up the rank of Lord Commander of the Kingsguard and finds that his journey and the loss of his hand has made him more willing to fulfil his duties. He refuses his father when he offers to remove him from the Kingsguard and make him heir to Casterly Rock, and refuses to believe Cersei's claims that Tyrion killed Joffrey. He rejects her advances, deciding to remain true to his vows. House Lannister is a fictional family from George R. R. Martins A Song of Ice and Fire book series. ... Many of the major and minor characters in George R. R. Martins series A Song of Ice and Fire belong to one of the major houses of Westeros, and are described on the page for that house. ... House Baratheon is a fictional family from George R. R. Martins A Song of Ice and Fire. ... House Tyrell is a fictional family in George R. R. Martins epic fantasy book series A Song of Ice and Fire. ... The Kingsguard are the royal bodyguards of Westeros in George R. R. Martins A Song of Ice and Fire. ... Much of the action in George R.R. Martins epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire takes place in and around various strongholds of note on the continent of Westeros. ...


Tyrion decides to risk all in his trial. Lord Oberyn Martell of Dorne, who is in the city representing his brother Prince Doran, harbors a desire for vengeance against Gregor Clegane, who killed and raped his sister Elia (the late wife of Prince Rhaegar Targaryen) and her children during the Sack of King's Landing. Tyrion chooses trial by battle, knowing that Cersei will appoint Clegane as her champion; Oberyn immediately takes up Tyrion's gauntlet. The battle is fought and Oberyn apparently emerges victorious after knocking the giant Gregor down with a poisoned spear. Unfortunately, he spends too much time gloating and Gregor kills him. Tyrion is condemned to death, but escapes with the help of Jaime and Varys. On his way out of the castle, Jaime reveals that Tyrion's first wife had not been a prostitute, as their father had told him, but had actually been a crofter's daughter as she appeared. Tyrion sees this as unforgivable betrayal from both his father and his brother; he swears vengeance against both, and carries out the former by stopping at his father's chamber and shooting him with a crossbow. House Martell is a fictional family from George R. R. Martins A Song of Ice and Fire. ... House Martell is a fictional family from George R. R. Martins A Song of Ice and Fire. ... Many of the major and minor characters in George R. R. Martins series A Song of Ice and Fire belong to one of the major houses of Westeros, and are described on the page for that house. ... House Martell is a fictional family from George R. R. Martins A Song of Ice and Fire. ... Image:Targaryen Sigil. ... Many of the major and minor characters in George R. R. Martins series A Song of Ice and Fire belong to one of the major houses of Westeros, and are described on the page for that house. ... 15th century French soldier wearing a helmet and a hauberk, carrying a crossbow/arbalest and a pavise. ...


Jaime frees Brienne from imprisonment, giving her the sword Lord Tywin had reforged out of Eddard Stark's Valyrian steel blade. He tells her to fulfil the oath he gave to Lady Catelyn, to find Arya and Sansa and return them home. He also tells her that the real reason he betrayed his oath and murdered King Aerys was because Aerys had hidden wildfire barrels all over King's Landing and planned to destroy the city during the Sack. He carried out his most infamous act to save the innocent, not that anyone would believe him. Brienne departs on her quest.


At the Eyrie, Sansa lives in fear of her increasingly psychotic aunt, who eventually goes mad and tries to kill her. Littlefinger saves Sansa by throwing Lysa out of the 'moon door' of the Eyrie to her death hundreds of feet below and blaming Lysa's minstrel for the crime. However, before he does this, Lysa reveals that Littlefinger told her to poison Jon Arryn and blame the Lannisters.


In the epilogue, Merrett Frey leads a small party to a parley with a group from the Brotherhood Without Banners, who have taken several Freys captive and are demanding a ransom. During the parley the Brothers reveal that they have executed the other Freys. They point out to the panicking Merrett that he was at the Red Wedding and helped in the murder of the guests. He demands that they prove it by providing a witness. In response a battered figure appears and points at him. Merrett Frey is hanged next to the corpses of his family, whilst the broken form of Catelyn Stark watches, and hates. House Frey is a fictional family in George R. R. Martins A Song of Ice and Fire. ...


On the Wall

The bulk of the strength of the Night's Watch sits on the Fist of the First Men, awaiting word from Qhorin Halfhand and Jon Snow. Suddenly three blasts are sounded on a watchman's horn, which means something not heard in nearly eight thousand years: Others. The Watch comes under attack by wights and the fabled ice demons of ancient history, but manages to withdraw in something approaching good order. Samwell Tarly kills one of the Others with a strange blade Jon Snow fashioned for him from obsidian, or "dragonglass," he found near the Fist. The Watch regroups at Craster's Keep, but some of the less respectable members of the Watch mutiny and kill Lord Commander Jeor Mormont. Sam escapes in the chaos with the help of one of Craster's daughter-wives, Gilly, and they make their way south towards the Wall. They are helped by a strange figure riding an elk named 'Coldhands'. House Stark is a fictional noble family from George R. R. Martins A Song of Ice and Fire. ... Many of the major and minor characters in George R. R. Martins series A Song of Ice and Fire belong to one of the major houses of Westeros, and are described on the page for that house. ... Obsidian from Lake County, Oregon Counterclockwise from top: obsidian, pumice and rhyolite (light color) Obsidian is a rock which is a type of naturally occurring glass, produced by volcanoes (igneous origin) when a felsic lava cools rapidly and freezes without sufficient time for crystal growth (see glass transition temperature). ... Many of the major and minor characters in George R. R. Martins series A Song of Ice and Fire belong to one of the major houses of Westeros, and are described on the page for that house. ...


Jon Snow is taken to Mance Rayder and is able to convince him that he has truly turned his cloak. He learns that the fabled Others have returned and are driving the wildlings south towards the Wall. Mance has been seeking the legendary Horn of Winter which will shatter the Wall when sounded, but has been unable to find it. Jon is unsure of this story. Eventually, Jon is sent south on a mission to scale the Wall, circle around, and attack Castle Black from the south to allow the wildlings through the gates. Jon instead flees from the wildlings and reaches Castle Black to warn them of the threat. With many of the other Watch members dead or missing, Jon is forced to command a skeleton defence against the wildlings, but nevertheless defeats them. Among the dead is Ygritte, who had been Jon's lover for a time. Many of the major and minor characters in George R. R. Martins series A Song of Ice and Fire belong to one of the major houses of Westeros, and are described on the page for that house. ...


Bran Stark and Jojen and Meera Reed, fleeing the ruins of Winterfell, are guided north by Bran's strange dreams of a three-eyed crow. They reach the Wall at the abandoned castle of the Nightfort, but cannot pass it. Suddenly the gate opens and they meet Samwell Tarly and Gilly. Sam guides them to Coldhands, who will take them north, whilst Sam returns to Castle Black, agreeing to keep the truth of their survival a secret. House Stark is a fictional noble family from George R. R. Martins A Song of Ice and Fire. ... Many of the major and minor characters in George R. R. Martins series A Song of Ice and Fire belong to one of the major houses of Westeros, and are described on the page for that house. ... Many of the major and minor characters in George R. R. Martins series A Song of Ice and Fire belong to one of the major houses of Westeros, and are described on the page for that house. ... Much of the action in George R.R. Martins epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire takes place in and around various strongholds of note on the continent of Westeros. ...


The wildling army, over forty thousand strong, reaches Castle Black and assaults the Wall at that location. Jon leads a tenacious defence which sees thousands of wildlings killed, but it seems that the Watch must be overrun. Things get worse when Janos Slynt, the former commander of King's Landing's City Guard who was exiled by a suspicious Tyrion Lannister, arrives. As one of the betrayers of Eddard Stark, Slynt takes an instant dislike to Jon Snow and accuses him of being a traitor. He has Jon sent out to parley with Mance Rayder. Jon expects to be killed, but Rayder is more understanding of his betrayal. Jon is shocked to learn that Rayder found the Horn of Winter, but would rather climb the Wall with it than melt it: with the Wall gone, what will stop the Others? Suddenly horns are heard in the east and a great strength of cavalry attacks the wildling army, plunging it into chaos and putting it to rout. To Jon's disbelief, the surviving army of King Stannis Baratheon has arrived. Rayder is captured and imprisoned. Stannis reveals that he received word of the Wall's dire straits (the letter Ser Davos Seaworth read) and that Melisandre believes the wildling invasion to be the forerunner of the return of the Others, the sworn foes of the red god R'hllor. Stannis resolves to forge a new kingdom out of the shattered, leaderless North. The Night's Watch chooses its new Lord Commander and Jon Snow wins by some margin. House Baratheon is a fictional family from George R. R. Martins A Song of Ice and Fire. ... Many of the major and minor characters in George R. R. Martins series A Song of Ice and Fire belong to one of the major houses of Westeros, and are described on the page for that house. ... Many of the major and minor characters in George R. R. Martins series A Song of Ice and Fire belong to one of the major houses of Westeros, and are described on the page for that house. ...


In the East

Returning to Pentos by sea, Daenerys Targaryen learns from Ser Jorah Mormont that large slave armies can be bought in the cities of Slaver's Bay in the region of Ghis: Meereen, Astapor and Yunkai. To Arstan Whitebeard's disgust—slavery has been illegal in the Seven Kingdoms for millennia—Daenerys buys the services of the Unsullied, the feared warrior-eunuchs of Astapor. When the slave lords of Astapor try to take one of Daenerys' dragons as payment, Daenerys has them burned alive. The Unsullied agree to serve her, whilst Daenerys has the slaves of Astapor set free. She leads a strong force north to Yunkai which forces the lords of the city to release their slaves into Daenerys' service. However, the lords of Meereen choose to antagonise Daenerys by killing 163 of their slaves and leaving each corpses staked at every mile along the road to the city. Daenerys besieges the city to no avail. The Free Cities are a geographic and cultural region in George R. R. Martins epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire. ... Daenerys Targaryen is a fictional character from George R. R. Martins A Song of Ice and Fire. ... Many of the major and minor characters in George R. R. Martins series A Song of Ice and Fire belong to one of the major houses of Westeros, and are described on the page for that house. ... Ghis is a cultural and geographical region in George R. R. Martins epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire. ... Ghis is a cultural and geographical region in George R. R. Martins epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire. ... Ghis is a cultural and geographical region in George R. R. Martins epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire. ... Ghis is a cultural and geographical region in George R. R. Martins epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire. ... The fictional world of George R. R. Martins fantasy epic A Song of Ice and Fire includes a number of organizations, societies, and mercenary companies. ... European illustration of a Eunuch (1749) A eunuch is a castrated man; the term usually refers to those castrated in order to perform a specific social function, as was common in many societies of the past. ...


Daenerys discovers two traitors in her camp: Ser Jorah Mormont and Arstan Whitebeard. However, the nature of their treachery is very different. Mormont was selling information about her to Robert Baratheon up until they reached Qarth. Arstan Whitebeard is actually an alias of Ser Barristan Selmy, late Lord Commander of the Kingsguard. Barristan wanted to right the ancient wrong of accepting Robert as his king by finding the true Targaryen heir to Westeros, but wanted to make sure the taint of madness had not affected her as her father. Daenerys offers both men the chance to make amends: by sneaking into Meereen through its sewers and opening the gates. They succeed and Meereen falls to Daenerys' armies. She forgives Barristan Selmy and makes him Lord Commander of her Queensguard. However, she finds she still cannot trust Mormont and has him banished from her presence. Learning that Astapor has fallen under the control of a brutal dictator who moved to fill the power vacuum she left behind, Daenerys decides she cannot allow that to happen to Meereen and resolves to stay, and rule, and learn to be the queen that Westeros needs her to be. Many of the major and minor characters in George R. R. Martins series A Song of Ice and Fire belong to one of the major houses of Westeros, and are described on the page for that house. ... The Kingsguard are the royal bodyguards of Westeros in George R. R. Martins A Song of Ice and Fire. ...


Characters

The tale is told through the eyes of 10 main characters, a one-off prologue POV and a one-off epilogue POV character (the only time this has been done in the series so far):

  • Prologue: Chett, a brother and hound-keeper of the Night's Watch.
  • Lady Catelyn Stark, of House Tully, widow of Lord Eddard Stark
  • Sansa Stark, eldest daughter of Eddard Stark and Catelyn Stark, held captive by the King on the Iron Throne at King's Landing
  • Arya Stark, youngest daughter of Eddard and Catelyn Stark, missing and presumed dead
  • Brandon Stark, son of Eddard and Catelyn Stark, Prince of Winterfell, heir to the North, believed dead
  • Jon Snow, bastard son of Eddard Stark. A sworn brother of the Night's Watch.
  • Samwell Tarly, son of Lord Tarly and a sworn brother of the Night's Watch and former heir to Horn Hill
  • Tyrion Lannister, youngest son of Tywin Lannister, a dwarf, brother of Ser Jaime Lannister
  • Ser Jaime Lannister, eldest son of Tywin Lannister, brother of Tyrion Lannister, Lord Commander of the Kingsguard and Warden of the East, held captive by the King in the North at Riverrun
  • Ser Davos Seaworth, a smuggler turned knight in the service of King Stannis Baratheon
  • Queen Daenerys Targaryen, Stormborn, of the Targaryen Dynasty
  • Epilogue: Ser Merrett Frey, a member of the numerous Frey family.

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Notes

George RR Martin did not write the Red Wedding chapters until the very end of the book and having completed every other chapter, as he felt it was a painful experience to write.


George RR Martin lost the 2001 Hugo Award for Best Novel to JK Rowling. Afterwards he made this comment about his fans: "Eat your heart out, Rowling. Maybe you have billions of dollars and my Hugo, but you don't have readers like these."[1]


The Brotherhood Without Banners, introduced in A Storm of Swords (although referenced earlier), also lends its name to the official George RR Martin fan group. The name was adopted in the first half of 2001 and the group held its first major gathering at the 2001 World Science Fiction Convention in Philadelphia. The Brotherhood Without Banners is an outlaw organization in George R.R. Martins epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire. ... Worldcon, a. ... Nickname: Motto: Philadelphia maneto - Let brotherly love continue Location in Pennsylvania Coordinates: , Country United States Commonwealth Pennsylvania County Philadelphia Founded October 27, 1682 Incorporated October 25, 1701 Government  - Mayor John F. Street (D) Area  - City 369. ...


Translations

  • Bulgarian
  • Catalan
  • Chinese
  • Croatian
  • Czech
  • Dutch: Two volumes, Luitingh-Sijthoff (2001, 2002): "Een storm van zwaarden 3A", "Een storm van zwaarden 3B"
  • Finnish: "Miekkamyrsky"
  • French: Four volumes (Hardcover: Pygmalion (2001, 2002, 2003); paperback: J'ai Lu (2003, 2004)): "Les brigands" (hardcover) / "Intrigues à Port-Réal" (paperback), "L'épée de feu", "Les noces pourpres", "La loi du régicide"
  • German: Single volume, Fantasy Productions (2005): "Schwertgewitter". Two volumes, Blanvalet (2001, 2002): "Sturm der Schwerter", "Die Königin der Drachen".
  • Greek
  • Hebrew: סופת החרבות (Two volumes)
  • Hungarian: Single volume, Alexandra: "Kardok vihara"
  • Italian: Two volumes, Mondadori (2002): "Tempesta di spade", "I fiumi della guerra". Three volumes, Mondadori (2002, 2003): "Tempesta di spade", "I fiumi della guerra", "Il portale delle tenebre".
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Polish
  • Russian: "Буря мечей"
  • Serbian
  • Spanish: Two volumes, Gilgamesh (2005): "Tormenta de espadas I", "Tormenta de espadas II".

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Awards and nominations

  • Hugo Award – Best Novel (Nominated) – (2001)
  • Locus Award – Best Novel (Fantasy) (Won) – (2001)
  • Nebula Award – Best Novel (Nominated) – (2002)
  • Geffen Award – Best Fantasy Book (Won) – (2002)
  • Ignotus Award – Best Novel (Foreign) (Won) – (2006)

The 2005 Hugo Award with base designed by Deb Kosiba. ... The Locus Awards are presented to winners of Locus Magazines annual readers poll, which was established in the early 70s specifically to provide recommendations and suggestions to Hugo Awards voters. ... The Nebula is an award given each year by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA), for the best science fiction/fantasy fiction published in the United States during the two previous years (see rolling eligibility below). ... The Geffen Award is an annual award given by the Israeli Society for Science Fiction and Fantasy since 1999. ...

External links

  • chapter-by-chapter summary by Vincent Briscuso
  • A Wiki Of Ice And Fire Wiki dedicated to A Song of Ice and Fire

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