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A Storm of Swords
1008 pages; Bantam
The Premise: Shocker follows shocker in this third installment of George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series. (The HBO hit Game of Thrones, based on the books, is only the tip of the sword, so to speak.) All manner of treachery rocks the war-torn Seven Kingdoms—but perhaps no scene is as jaw-dropping as the third book's infamous Red Wedding.  

Why the Ending Is a Stunner: Martin leaves you craving the next installment...and the next, and the next. In fact, fans are frantic for him to finish the series.
— Dawn Raffel