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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.
Everything that I loved about A Game of Thrones continued on in the series’ second book A Clash of Kings. Read morePublished 1 day ago by chibilee02
A bit involved with almost to many characters to keep track of but still a darn good read. Some surprises to be sure and makes you want to read the next installment to see what... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Jean Smithers
Sped through so fast, didn't even notice when I got to the end! George has a way of keeping you right at the centre of the action.Published 2 days ago by Simon M
Can't put down. Can't put down. Can't put...
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I first read this when it first came out, years ago, and this is a reread to see if my recollections are... Read more