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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.
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I first read this when it first came out, years ago, and this is a reread to see if my recollections are... Read more
keeps you in it...but a fair amount of filler. not a big fiction reader, but enjoyed nonetheless. three more wordsPublished 22 hours ago by mcopeland
All his characters are vibrant and well written. Reading his books is like being in a time machine with a fascinating look at this period. Read morePublished 2 days ago by gw
I loved this book. I rarely read books twice but I'll read this book again. I was always drawn towards fantasy books but I was typically disappointed as I usually found the books... Read morePublished 2 days ago by BiffoMacky