The men of the Night's Watch are ready for the
coming of the great cold and the walking corpses that travel with it. But
now they face a horde of wildings twenty thousand strong - hungry savage
people steeped in the dark magic of the haunted wilderness - poised to
invade the Kingdom of the North where Robb Stark wears his new-forged crown.
But Robb's defences are ranged against attack from
the South, the land of House Stark's enemies the Lannisters. His sisters are
trapped there, dead or likely yet to die at the whim of the Lannister
boy-king Joffrey or his depraved mother Cersei, regent of the Iron Throne.
Cersei's ambition is unfettered while the dwarf Tyrion Lannister fights for
his life, a victim of treachery.
And on the other side of the ocean, the last of the
Targaryens rears the dragons she hatched from her husband's funeral pyre.
Daenerys Stormborn will return to the land of her birth to avenge the murder
of her father, the last Dragon King on the Iron Throne.
From inside cover of US hardback:
Of the five contenders for power, one is dead, another in disfavor, all 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. Filled with the stench of death and decay from the destructive
dynastic war, Daenerys is gathering allies and strength for an assault on King's
Landing, hoping to win back the crown she believes is rightfully hers.
But as opposing forces maneuver for the final titanic
showdown, an army of barbaric wildings bent on overwhelming the Seven Kingdoms
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. And as the future of the land hangs in the balance, no one will
rest in the quest for victory until the Seven Kingdoms have exploded in a
veritable storm of swords...
A Storm of Swords: Blood and Gold
George R. R. Martin
Part Two of Book Three of A Song of Ice and Fire
Voyager UK paperback
Cover art by Jim Burns (right)
527 pages + 58 pages of appendixes
In the UK hardback there are four maps: The South, The North, The Land
Beyond the Wall, and The Lands of the Summer Sea. They all follow the title
page and dedication.
In the US hardback there are also those four maps. The maps of the North and The
South are inside the front cover. Maps of The Land
Beyond the Wall, and The Lands of the Summer Sea follow the title page and
The maps are not identical. The maps in the UK edition appear hand
lettered and hand inked. The maps in the US edition look slicker, as if computer