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Publisher's Summary

A comet the color of blood and flame cuts across the sky. And from the ancient citadel of Dragonstone to the forbidding shores of Winterfell, chaos reigns. Six factions struggle for control of a divided land and the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms, preparing to stake their claims through tempest, turmoil, and war.

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.

Critic Reviews

  • Locus Award, 1999

"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)

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awesome

I love the series if you like the hbo show you will like this TV show is the tip of the iceberg so much underneath the surface enjoy!

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slower than book 1

I felt like fire and ice was better. this book struggled to keep my attention like book one. overall it was ok, but I'm hoping book 3 is better.

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Great book and perfectly read by mr.Dotrice

Great book and can't wait to finish the Series and always perfectly read by mr.Dotrice

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liked it a lot

it's pretty good. not as good as the show. but a good time killer while I'm working

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  • Soraya
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  • 11-23-16

phenomenal-without competition

This narrator is going to make listening to anyone else absolutely impossible. This is a must listen collection.#hooked

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EXCELLENT!

Excellent story, wish I had read it prior to watching the TV series. There's so much detail that HBO leaves out as compared to the book. Five stars!

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Rob is my man

Love the story, narration is good I never watched the shows so I haven't come to love those characters but the ones in my imagination are good. 10/10

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Roy Dotrice is a treasure

I'm a professional comics artist and I listen to these books while I draw. The narration is clear, spirited and subtle. If you like the show, these books (being the source material), are full of an incredible amount of delightful details and intriguing side characters that immerse you even further in the world of ice and fire. I love the HBO GOT but the length, performance and nuance of these audiobooks are is satisfying on a whole different level.

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More like a radio play than a book

Between the writing, dialogue and performance, these books come to life. They remind me of the radio plays of the ol' days. Wonderful experience!

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Incredible read!

A refreshing continuation of the song of ice and fire. heartbreaking and breathtaking all in one!