Follow along to see what I’m currently reading! Each will include information about the author, their work, and the book. I’ll make a post with a review when I’m done with each book.
July 7, 2016:
A Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin. The third installment in his A Song of Ice and Fire saga on which the HBO show Game of Thrones is based.
Summary: 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 Seven Kingdoms have exploded in a veritable storm of swords. . .
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. Source
- A Storm of Swords on Goodreads
- Martin’s Website and his blog.
- Official Website for HBO’s Game of Thrones
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Friendly reminder that this is the THIRD installment in a series, so I suggest reading the first books A Game of Thrones and A Clash of Kings first.
July 7, 2016-August 9, 2016
Blood of Elves by Andrzej Sapkowski. The first in his The Witcher saga, and the third in chronological order, being preceded by 2 short story collections: The Last Wish and Sword of Destiny.
Summary: The New York Times bestselling series that inspired the international hit video game: The Witcher.
Geralt of Rivia, the cunning assassin known as The Witcher, has been waiting for the birth of a prophesied child. This child has the power to change the world – for good, or for evil. As the threat of war hangs over the land and the child is hunted for her extraordinary powers, it will become Geralt’s responsibility to protect them all – and the Witcher never accepts defeat.
- Blood of Elves on Goodreads
- Information about Sapkowski (in Polish)
- Wikipedia Page About Sapkowski
- CD Project Red Developer of the massively successful RPG computer/video games based on the The Witcher books.
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Reminder that, although this is the beginning of a saga, I suggest reading the books in chronological order starting with The Last Wish and Sword of Destiny.
Also of note that the books have been translated from Polish to English by fans. These are available for free and are very good translations. However, there can be some odd formatting issues when read, so fair warning if that sort of thing bothers you. Here are some fan translations: