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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 have never been very fond of reading books, but George martin has convinced me otherwise. this book makes you want to read it. Read morePublished 10 hours ago by David L. Bean
I'm reading it again for more understanding and watching the TV show. Great entertainment!Published 13 hours ago by Roberta C. Gintz
This book was a very good read except for some slow areas that could have been eliminated. I don't think anything would have been lost if it had been condensed more. Read morePublished 16 hours ago by Audrey Anderson
This is the kind of reading that once you start, you can't stop. I like the fact that each chapter is narrated as the view and perspective of one of the charactersPublished 1 day ago by naop
I devoured the first book, but this second one is a bit more tedious. It felt darker and gloomier. Still enjoyable though, and full of captivating politics and great characters.Published 2 days ago by Philippe Debaty
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 3 days ago by Zach Handzlik