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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.
Enjoying this epic tale. Didn't see this series on tv so this is my excuse to get into these stories. Love the description of the characters and their world. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Elaine Boyes
I read the first book and now am halfway through this one. Thoroughly enjoying it thus far. Very entertaining writing and a fantastic plotline.Published 7 months ago by Ethan Lax
I have to admit, I thought this book was long, and it took me a while before I could finish it. A month and an half, actually. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Readandbejoyful