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)
i love to read an amazing book that will take me out of this world and bring me to another sometimes we just need to use our imagination!
it was my kind of book its thrilling and exciting, this book ranks in the middle for me some times i wish they could of hired two narrators
any part with the Dire wolfs, its just a special bond that the writer shares so well
I really enjoy this series. You really have to pay attention because there are so many characters, especially with names that are similar. I also really enjoy the fact that George R.R. Martin changes things up quite often, killing main characters off, etc. Cannot wait to start the next book!
Everything, it keeps drawing you back in, the books are well written and characters are just out standing
All of them
Those HO yah moments and HO no moments
Vary good read
A plot that actually leads the reader somewhere.
Valar morghulis. Mysterious now, but when you learn what it means you'll wunder why you fell for such an obviuos ploy to keep you buying books.
Anger. Martin is a sadist, making you love someone, torturing them, then making them disappear or die.
O.K., so you ignored my warning about this series of cheap hooks, cliff hangers and gimmicks designed to keep you reading until the end of time. This is the high watermark of the series, in that you have invested yourself in characters you like and there aren't more developed plots than you can follow. You are being set up. Everyone and everything you love will be taken away and replaced by excruciating blather about court gossip, clothes and historical trivia in this alternate reality. Martin is a cheat. No plot line will pay off and it will only leave you frustrated.
See the south park parody of Martin; it is spot on.
Staying in touch with Game of Throne
John, strength,honor, accepts his status without complaint and serves mankind.
Cannot do a women's part. Characters redundant
yes, if only to get to book 3!
the final scene between Jaqen H'gar and Ari was a close second to Daenerys in the House of Dust. So cool!
I felt like this book was a filler to get to the 3rd. Lots of story setting for a larger payoff later.
Another great audiobook! This series is excellent. I am only hoping it can keep up the momentum. I have been let down so many times with other series as you get to the end. So far this series is getting better. I would think almost anyone can get into this series unless violence is a turn off. Off to book three.
A reader who ran out of time to physically read the book. I'm into sci-fi, self-help and biography books
The performance and the excellent writing.
How every detail was fleshed out and is open to a lot of interpretations
When Arya served the Weasel Soup
Yes. I even wished my commute was longer.
The writing and story were fantastic!
Audible needs to break up the chapters at the appropriate chapter breaks! In the first book, each electronic chapter corresponded to the actual book chapter, but here it doesn't. Electronic chapters end in the middle of sentences, and it makes for a horrible listening experience. For such an expensive audio book by such a reputable company, you would expect this to not be an issue. It makes navigating through the book horrendous.
Lord of the Rings, very similar style and assume detail on characters.
Could use improvement, sometimes he mixed up the character voices. However overall he did a fine job.
The book is so well written that the time melts away. I found that my driving trips became short and tolerable, great time magic
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