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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.
Good read overall for entertainment! Descriptions of characters is quite good, very visual terms describing the knights apparel! Read morePublished 7 hours ago by Robin Liggon
This is the second of George R.R. Martin's epic (and by that we mean doorstopper-epic) series of fantasy novels centering on the seven kingdoms of Westeros, and the struggle for... Read morePublished 1 day ago by R. Silva
I can not explain to you how much I love this series or how wonderful George R. R. Martin is as a writer. I bought the physical books after listening to the audiobooks... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Rachel
A very good, exciting read. While I enjoy the HBO Series, I find the books give me more insight into the characters and a much clearer understanding of the world of the Seven... Read morePublished 3 days ago by A Resident of 45 Eagle Street
cant spoil, but just read. Obviously a great series, and you've heard of, unless you've been living under a rock.Published 3 days ago by Edward Kim
These books really are starting to pick up the pace now, and I can't wait to finish them. The second book isn't as close to the show as the first book was.Published 4 days ago by B&K2009