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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 watched the HBO Game of Thrones series but found I was having a hard time waiting for the new seasons. I starting reading the books and they are excellent! Read morePublished 3 days ago by Jenn
Extrememly and unnecessarily long. I think that the editorial give Martin instructions to make the books as long as possible so they can publish as many volumes as they can sell. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Rafael
Great listen on my way from Dallas to Phoenix and back! The book (as usual) is better than the TV series if you can believe that!Published 4 days ago by Wesley Chang
A great break from murder mysteries and spy novels. Best of historical platform with some fantasy. Excellent character development.Published 6 days ago by Michael J. Ferguson