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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.
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 4 hours 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 6 hours 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 1 day ago by B&K2009
Looking forward to book #3! Great story and development. I am looking forward to seeing how the story grows from here.Published 1 day ago by Amani Roberts
I'm a FAN! But I am glad that I actually saw the series first so I knew the characters. I don't mind knowing what to more or less expect when it's such a fantastic story!Published 4 days ago by Marimarmalade
I love epic stories like this and this didn't disappoint. As always Martin draws you into the characters whether they're the good guys or the villains (and there are plenty of... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Jearl Rugh, Author