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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.
Full of gems of philosophy, humor, wretchedness, rebirth and heartbreak. I want to walk in the Godswood. Thank you, Mr. Martin.Published 15 hours ago by K. Ponce
Not a bad book, but highly over-written and purple. Yes - it's way too long, and in bad need of a disciplined editor! Read morePublished 2 days ago by Surferofromantica
I loved this fast paced story with so much character development from A Game of Thrones.Published 2 days ago by Liz McLeod
The Father; The Mother; The Warrior; The Crone; The Smith; The Maid; The Stranger - followers of the Seven normally only pray to six of the faces of God.Published 3 days ago by Gary Davis
Very good book. Must read it. Very enjoyable and enhances the show if you are watching the show as wellPublished 4 days ago by reader