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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.
If you liked the TV Series, you'll love the books. Both have much to recommend them and reading the books will enrich your enjoyment of the series. Read morePublished 19 hours ago by Robert Prince
I've seen all the HBO episodes and decided to give the books a try. They are amazing, and any fan of the show would do well to read the books as well.Published 19 hours ago by Robert Guest
I started reading the books because I enjoyed the HBO version so much. I was worried it would be too dense and unenjoyable. Glad to have found it otherwise. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Jonathan Schneiderman
for those keeping track - similar to the show but with a few small differences.Published 5 days ago by Raptornado
I loved this book. Read it before you watch the show. It is so much better than the show!Published 6 days ago by Amy
Although I say the book is full of surprises, it is only relevant if you did not watch the series on TV. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Hannelie du Plessis
Going to dive into the next book. Can't wait to see/read what happens next. Have not seen the show yet. I'll do so after I'm done reading.Published 7 days ago by Jen Smith
I am loving reading the books even more than watching the show! And I don't like reading.Published 8 days ago by Amazon Customer