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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 book is a hard book to get into due to it being a difficult read but once your in THERE IS NO GOING BACKPublished 2 hours ago by Sarah D. 304
Better than the show in many ways. I wish the show was as detailed...kneed to use 4 more words haPublished 12 hours ago by bryan swicicki
Amazing book! Does not contain as much action as the first book but a large amount of political intrigue and secret plots!Published 4 days ago by Justin
After hearing about these books for a few years I Gave in and bought the first 4 books of the series and I will say I was not disappointed. George R. R. Read morePublished 5 days ago by sam
What I found interesting is that, even though I've watched the HBO series, I'm enjoying the books very much. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Pam O
Not as good as the first, but still makes the series make so much more sense. On to book 3.Published 6 days ago by Jason L. Hughes
Love this book! So many intricate characters and story lines. I never want to put it down!Published 8 days ago by Libby McCandless