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)
This is my second time reading/listening. I read it and all the books available the first time @ 2009 before the HBO series came out.
Now I've seen the series up to date and decided to re read the books. I usually can not re read/listen to books because I get bored but this series has so many interesting characters so many fantastic twists with mysteries human intrigue, magic, dragons, Giants, it just doesn't get old. I don't know how GRR Martin did it. I'm in awe of his story weaving skills and looking forward to the next book AND the next episode! Thx
There is so much more to this book than I had thought. I like the story line and the characters more than others. Narrator does an awesome job. Just sucks you in from the start.
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Great book with a dynamic narrator, though hearing him pronounce things differently from the show made me cringe a bit. (Brienne to Bry-een and such.) You get used to it though!
I liked the book. Binge "read" it while I worked for a couple of hours a day and knocked it out in a week and a half. Overall it's a good book and not a bad narrator but personally it was hard to tell who was who sometimes because the narrator makes similar accents for several characters. This book was recorded over a decade ago so it's understandable but I think if they rerecorded all this and used more voice actors, male and female, it would be better. Some of the females sound like males and vice versa. Overall it's a good book.
This whole series is well written, and this book was no different. Great characters, woven into a rich fabric of imagery. Every book in this series will occasionally keep you in the garage long after you've arrived home. Enjoy!
I had originally thought this Game of Thrones would not be my genre. Man I wish I had not been such a dummy. Love Love Love this series. Both on HBO and the books. Outstanding imagination, wish there were more writers like George R Martin. I have listened in the car, on the plane, on vacation and while at home. We have all had many conversations about who each of the characters were patterned after in real life. I will be sure to buy all his books.. It is that good. :)
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