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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
I'm not usually an avid reader, but I found this book to be perfect to read a few chapters in before I went to bed. Took me a while,but I really enjoyed the story overall.Published 8 hours ago by Zach Handzlik
Awesome book! Love to hate so many of the characters. Greorge rr Martin never fails to pleasePublished 1 day ago by sarah ford
I gave this to a friend as a Birthday gift. he just recently opened it and found out that chapter 19 is missing from the set. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Mary
I am watching the series on HBO and the books help flesh it all out. Can't wait to start the next book.Published 3 days ago by Ruth W. Hall
Great storytelling. Terrific writing and character development that has you wanting more. it is a greateat sequel to the first book.Published 4 days ago by robert oneill