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A Game of Thrones/A Clash of Kings (A Song of Ice and Fire) [Kindle Edition]

George R.R. Martin
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Book Description

2 eBooks in 1! George R. R. Martin, a writer of unsurpassed vision, power, and imagination, has created a landmark of fantasy fiction. Now his two epic works, A Game of Thrones and A Clash of Kings are combined together in this eBook edition. Sweeping from a harsh land of cold to a summertime kingdom of epicurean plenty, A Game of Thrones tells a tale of lords and ladies, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and bastards who come together in a time of grim omens. Here, an enigmatic band of warriors bear swords of no human metal, a tribe of fierce wildings carry men off into madness, a cruel young dragon prince barters his sister to win back his throne, a child is lost in the twilight between life and death, and a determined woman undertakes a treacherous journey to protect all she holds dear. Amid plots and counterplots, tragedy and betrayal, victory and terror, allies and enemies, the fate of the Starks hangs perilously in the balance, as each side endeavors to win that deadliest of conflicts: the game of thrones. In the eagerly awaited second volume in this epic saga, he once again proves himself a master myth-maker, setting a standard against which all other fantasy novels will be measured for years to come. Time is out of joint. The summer of peace and plenty, ten years long, is drawing to a close, and the harsh, chill winter approaches like an angry beast. Two great leaders--Lord Eddard Stark and Robert Baratheon--who held sway over an age of enforced peace are dead...victims of royal treachery. Now, from the ancient citadel of Dragonstone to the forbidding shores of Winterfell, chaos reigns, as pretenders to the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms prepare to stake their claims through tempest, turmoil, and war. As a prophecy of doom cuts across the sky--a comet the color of blood and flame--six factions struggle for control of a divided land. Eddard's son Robb has declared himself King in the North. In the south, Joffrey, the heir apparent, rules in name only, victim of the scheming courtiers who teem over King's Landing. Robert's two brothers each seek their own dominion, while a disfavored house turns once more to conquest. And a continent away, an exiled queen, the Mother of Dragons, risks everything to lead her precious brood across a hard hot desert to win back the crown that is rightfully hers. A Clash of Kings transports us into a magnificent, forgotten land of revelry and revenge, wizardry and warfare. It is a tale in which maidens cavort with madmen, brother plots against brother, and the dead rise to walk in the night. Here a princess masquerades as an orphan boy; a knight of the mind prepares a poison for a treacherous sorceress; and wild men descend from the Mountains of the Moon to ravage the countryside. Against a backdrop of incest and fratricide, alchemy and murder, the price of glory may be measured in blood. And the spoils of victory may just go to the men and women possessed of the coldest steel ... and the coldest hearts. For when rulers clash, all of the land feels the tremors. Audacious, inventive, brilliantly imagined, A Clash of Kings is a novel of dazzling beauty and boundless enchantment--a tale of pure excitement you will never forget.


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  • File Size: 3169 KB
  • Print Length: 864 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (January 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FBFMMU
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #554,480 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love This Book! (note for Kindle owners) August 18, 2008
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I'm not going to go too deeply into a review. There are 1500+ reviews already to give you a feel for the book.

FOR KINDLE READERS

One thing that I thought I should point out since it was a little confusing for me - this version 'A Game of Thrones/A Clash of Kings' is a release of the 1st two books in the series. The page count in the product description (800 +/-) is wrong or at least misleading. It's really 1800 or so pages.

Also, at the end of the first book (around segment 14000 in the kindle) there is a 'cheat sheet' with the main characters broken down by their families. I would like to have known that before I hit the page after I had finished the book. Sorry I don't have the exact location, but maybe there's a way to track it down through the table of contents.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Two fantastic books for one low price! May 20, 2009
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What is it about fantasy that endgenders massive series of books? From the works of Tolkein on up to Terry Pratchett, we have series of three, five, twenty or even thirty-six books. You don't generally see that in other genres. Oh, there's the occasional exception, but if you want really large, epic works, fantasy is your go-to genre.

I'm not sure why this is. I guess it's because authors love to have a chance to show off and what better way to show off then by creating an entire world from scratch? Creating people, places and things that don't, and never have, existed. I've done it myself and it is a lot of fun!

"A Song of Ice and Fire", the so-far five book series by famed author George R R Martin is a perfect example of this. He's created a world broadly based on England during the War of the Roses. Within this world he's created his own culture, made up his own religions and really created a setting that, while familiar, is still fairly different. If nothing else, there's hardly any magic, which may make it especially unique in the field of fantasy.

This two-book set is a great way to get into this world. You get the first two books, "A Game of Thrones" and "A Clash of Kings", which will give you enough reading material and characters to leave your head spinning for a week.

The plot concerns a war of succession that's waged after the King dies. There's several competing heads that want the crown, and, again, almost astonishingly for fantasy, none of them are possessed by Dark Forces (tm),or in thrall to Evil Powers (tm).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic series!!! July 19, 2009
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The Song of Ice and Fire series by George RR Martin is one of my very favorite fantasy series! I have read the series (published to date... there is more coming) 2 times, and this second time I downloaded it to my Kindle (a fantastic device... also highly recommended!!!). The series is set in a medieval type world, with elements of magic (dragons and what appear to be evil wraith-like creatures of the far north). The story revolves around several factions that are vying for control of a kingdom composed of a collection of very strong noble houses. To date, there are hints of a greater threat from outside the fractious nobility of the kingdom, but the details of that threat will have to wait for future installments in the series. There are lots of characters, and the author changes the viewpoint from one to the next as the series unfolds. It starts as a tale of good vs evil, but as the perspective changes from one character to another, the shades of gray multiply! The character development is very good, and while I look forward to updates on other characters and the books unfold, I am captivated that the story of the character that is unfolding as I read.

This is a great book, and the start of a great series. It is fantasy, but targeted at adults to a greater degree than a lot of this genre. I thoroughly enjoyed it. If I were to compare it to other series, I would most closely compare it to Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series. And the Wheel of Time pales in comparison. Martin's writing is more concise, with none of the redundancies of Jordan. Story lines and plot lines, character development, as well as thematic elements are much more "grown up" than with Jordan. Martin's world building is superb, and with each character you feel yourself "becoming" that character.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kindle Review - George, you piss me off! April 7, 2010
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Well, first I am pleased by the fact you get two books for the price of one - ya just can't beat that. I'm even more pleased by the content!

I'm a new fantasy reader. This is my third review and in the other two reviews, I did have to point out my disclaimer that I read for "fun" and not from any educated standpoint. I'm not here to educate you or enlighten you with fanciful words, I'm just trying to put a value on the entertainment received from reading the material and let me say, the stars that were given do not lie - these are great books.

I actually found these books from reading the reviews of "The Name of the Wind" (which was awesome) oddly enough - I saw in there, "...I haven't seen an author like this in a long time whose work compares with George R.R. Martin and so and so!" I thought, "Who's George R.R. Martin?" and then found these books, saw the gazillion reviews vs. the number of stars and decided to go for it.

The best way to describe this book is just to say early on in the book, George R.R. Martin pissed me off... He just started killing folks you thought were the stars of the book! What's up with that George?! Fortunately, he gives you new stars to root for...wait a minute George...WTH?!! You can't do that to my new star!!!!! Oh good, the star is saved...what the?!! GEORGE!!!!!!!!!!! Needless to say, the whole book had me twisting and turning every direction. I started sucking my thumb in nervous habit as a result.

What is different about this book than others I have read is George doesn't seem to take sides. The good guys (if you could call them that) win some, and the bad guys win some too and both sides are dang clever, along with George R.R. Martin even though he is constantly pissing me off.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars worthy of a thousand re-reads
Ado oaf is one of my favorite series ever. I liked this kindle version that included both A Game of Thrones and A Clash of Kings.
Published 6 months ago by N. Fu
5.0 out of 5 stars Woah
Perfect beginning to an epic tale. I've never read something that felt so complete and polished in my entire life. Read more
Published on January 28, 2011 by Geant
4.0 out of 5 stars The game is long overdue
I haven't finished it yet. But to be fair I was distracted. What I can say though is that what I read was very very good. Read more
Published on November 29, 2010 by PeteA
2.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book, but maps scanned for Kindle are AWFUIL
The book is excellent ... I have read all four books and loved every one of them. My only complaint with the books themselves is that the author takes sooooo long to produce new... Read more
Published on April 7, 2010 by Ron M
2.0 out of 5 stars cheap shot
Be forewarned, as others have written - after you wade, at times eagerly, at times exhaustively, through the thousands of pages of this series, there is no resolution at all in any... Read more
Published on March 8, 2010 by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Series
This whole series is amazing, I bought this for my kindle, but I will keeping my eyes out for a leather bound full edition once all of the books are written/published. Read more
Published on March 3, 2010 by Grant
5.0 out of 5 stars Too good to stall out for so long
Please put the next book out there. I have read all in the series and am ready for the next installment.
Published on February 5, 2010 by Amanda Ylitalo
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank You, George R.R. Martin
After many rocky beginnings with other fantasy novels this one is refreshingly smooth and easy to get into. Without a doubt, one of the best series I've read to date. Read more
Published on February 5, 2010 by SparcoDarco
3.0 out of 5 stars Bland but readable
Martin makes decent use of the language. However the pace of the work is glacial. If you've ever read LoTR (and if you haven't you should as it's WAY better than this), you may... Read more
Published on October 7, 2009 by johnnycab
5.0 out of 5 stars A wild if grim ride...
This is probably the grittiest series I've ever read, and it's been a fantastic ride so far. My only regret is the lack of just a bit of sweetness, though the remembrances of... Read more
Published on October 5, 2009 by S. Norton
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George R.R. Martin sold his first story in 1971 and has been writing professionally since then. He spent ten years in Hollywood as a writer-producer, working on The Twilight Zone, Beauty and the Beast, and various feature films and television pilots that were never made. In the mid '90s he returned to prose, his first love, and began work on his epic fantasy series, A Song of Ice and Fire. He has been in the Seven Kingdoms ever since. Whenever he's allowed to leave, he returns to Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he lives with the lovely Parris, and two cats named Augustus and Caligula, who think they run the place.



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