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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 enjoyed the first book so much that I quickly started the second upon finishing it. I was not disappointed as I am now looking forward to getting into the third. Read morePublished 7 hours ago by Renal
Book allows a freedom from lifes reality. Characters become part of your family as each struggles through endless change. Lots of action, sadness, uncertainty and adventure.Published 7 hours ago by Pat
loved it but wondered why it was taking so long to finish, then realized it has about a thousand pages! Soon as finished however needed to start the next one! Read morePublished 2 days ago by Donna Nicoll