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The Seven Kingdoms have come apart. Joffrey, Queen Cersei's sadistic son, ascends the Iron Throne following the death of Robert Baratheon, the Usurper, who won it in battle. Queen Cersei's family, the Lannisters, fight to hold it for him. Both the dour Stannis and the charismatic Renly Baratheon, Robert's brothers, also seek the throne. Robb Stark, declared King in the North, battles to avenge his father's execution and retrieve his sister from Joffrey's court. Daenerys, the exiled last heir of the former ruling family, nurtures three dragons and seeks a way home. Meanwhile the Night's Watch, sworn to protect the realm from dangers north of the Wall, dwindle in numbers, even as barbarian forces gather and beings out of legend stalk the Haunted Forest.
Sound complicated? It is, but fine writing makes this a thoroughly satisfying stew of dark magic, complex political intrigue, and horrific bloodshed. --Nona Vero --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
This is a wonderful series over all and I think this is my favorite book in the series. I especially like the way magical elements are very naturally integrated in to the world.Published 20 hours ago by Pippynoodle
Rich characters and riveting story...can't wait to start book 3!! I've watched the first 3 seasons of the HBO series which follows pretty closely... Read morePublished 23 hours ago by carpejo
George R.R. Martin is a wonderful storyteller. This second book in the series was as good as the first. Can't wait to read the next book!Published 1 day ago by Anaboena