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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.
I love these books and look forward to reading the next 3.
Great characters and and even more compelling plot.
I liked the book, but not as great as the first one. The book basically rearranges the balance of power. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Bill Fisher
Even if you have seen the HBO series this is still a must read. The author really gets into the characters thoughts.Published 3 days ago by Brian Hutchinson
Recommended to fans of the HBO show. The show is like an alternate reality of the books so watching the show will not spoil the reading of these books and vice versa. Enjoy!Published 3 days ago by Jeff Rose
Fills in a lot of pieces left out of the show. Tells a deeper story that makes the characters actions and rational more understandablePublished 4 days ago by Jason M Whitacre