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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.
This book introduces a few more POV Characters and begins to explain some prophecy as well. A great book two for the series.Published 19 hours ago by Maid Marion
The second volume of the novel series "A Song Of Ice And Fire," this particular volume continues where the previous novel left off. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Nathan Albright
I've only seen part of the HBO TV series that is based on the books. I have to say that the books are a great joy to read. Like the TV show they do. Read morePublished 4 days ago by David E. Feinstein
I love George R. R. Martin's writing overall. It's better than the HBO series by far! Able to take you to these places in your imagination with how well he writes. Def recommend.Published 5 days ago by Mary E. Casper
I can tell that there was a plan to do lots of sequels. Things moved more slowly than I would have liked. But the plot lines kept my attention and I can't wait for the next one.Published 5 days ago by Ms Rose