It is a tale in which 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, victory may go to the men and women possessed of the coldest steel...and the coldest hearts. For when kings clash, the whole land trembles.
©1999 George R.R. Martin; (P)2004 Books on Tape, Inc.
"A truly epic fantasy....The novel is notable particularly for the lived-in quality of its world, created through abundant detail...for the comparatively modest role of magic...and for its magnificent action-filled climax....[Martin] provides a banquet for fantasy lovers with large appetites." (Publishers Weekly)
"Fans of epic fantasy should appreciate this lavishly detailed sequel to A Game of Thrones." (Library Journal)
"Dotrice's range of vocal tones, from gravelly and commanding to silkenly dangerous, creates a mood of insistence that holds the listener captive throughout the epic story." (AudioFile)
"Grabs hold and won't let go. It's brilliant." (Robert Jordan)
Ever read Robert Jordan and wondered what it would be like to listen to a gleeman?
Well, Roy Dotrice certainly earns this title. The narrator is even better than the author and together they combine an iresistable combination that got me hooked on audio books.
Just finished first two books - going on to third. It is just captivating!
Sometimes I get to work and don't want to get out of the car. Great writing holds your interest. Can't wait for book four.
What surprises me most about this book series is that the quality increases instead of lessening with each new book. Fantasy/middle ages style, political and military setting, told from the point of view of several richly developed characters, with great suspense and plot twists which you can clearly follow. Roy Dotrice's narration is as much a masterpiece as the books themselves. I wish the Dickens' novel narrations available were half so good, that we could get Mr Dotrice to do Our Mutual Friend, Oliver Twist and other classics... more please? :(
Like the one before this, it's absolutely fantastic. I've read all 3 titles currently available in this series and hearing them read is even better. Roy Dotrice takes an already wonderful story and makes it come alive with seperate voices for each and every character. Well written, well read. 5 stars 2 thumbs up and a double snap!
The second part of this series is no less intriguing than the first. Martin continues with the adventure of the characters created in the first book, and continues with his excellence in fantasy story writing. If you loved the first book, you will certainly not be disappointed by the second. First rate narration continues to be the best I have hard by far. The narration itself is good enough for you to listen to even if you have read the books yourself. First rate in all accounts.
I'm almost finished this second book in the series and it is just as compelling. I am amazed how it hold my attention. The characters come to life especially with Roy Dotrice's voice.
George R. R. Never not happy I have to finish the series
Roy Dotrice Yes
Not wasted my time writing such a long boring book that never ends.
Roy is actually a fantastic reader. The voices and personalities he brings are fantastic.
The writer-of the books
Seriously no surprises, would have been a great book if told in an hour instead of 37
Enjoying audiobooks daily!
This is the 2nd in the series The Song of Ice and Fire. I have no idea why I did not review it already as I loved it so much. I'm trying to finish all 4 books before HBO puts the first book on the small screen for us in spring 2011. Anyway, this book continues all that happened in the first book which is basically establishing the split of the realm of Westeros into craziness between Theon Greyjoy, Rob Stark, Stannis Baratheon, Renly Baratheon and Joffrey Lannister. Not to mention Daenerys massing her knowledge to try to take over Westeros again. Then there is John Snow on the wall that learns Mance Rayder is mounting a Wildling attack on the wall to take over Westeros. Seems it is a very popular place to rule. The Iron Throne is like a power drug that pertetuates the fight. Everyone has their part and more people die. There is a GREAT water battle scene at Kings Landing. Love this book series. Loved this book. George does not disappoint.
I gave this book 4 stars because it is an amazing book from an amazing series.The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is that every character sounds like an 80 year old englishman.For a truly great epic series with great narrators there is nothing better than the WHEEL OF TIME series.Michael Kramer and Kate Reading are the best narrators I have listened to.They would be perfect for this series
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