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Publisher's Summary

Of the five contenders for power, one is dead, another in disfavor, and still the wars rage as violently as ever, as alliances are made and broken. Joffrey, of House Lannister, sits on the Iron Throne, the uneasy ruler of the land of the Seven Kingdoms. His most bitter rival, Lord Stannis, stands defeated and disgraced, the victim of the jealous sorceress who holds him in her evil thrall. But young Robb, of House Stark, still rules the North from the fortress of Riverrun. Robb plots against his despised Lannister enemies, even as they hold his sister hostage at King's Landing, the seat of the Iron Throne. Meanwhile, making her way across a blood-drenched continent is the exiled queen, Daenerys, mistress of the only three dragons still left in the world....

But as opposing forces maneuver for the final titanic showdown, an army of barbaric wildlings arrives from the outermost line of civilization. In their vanguard is a horde of mythical Others, a supernatural army of the living dead whose animated corpses are unstoppable. As the future of the land hangs in the balance, no one will rest until the Seven Kingdoms have exploded in a veritable storm of swords....

©2000 George R.R. Martin, (P)2004 Books On Tape, Inc., published in arrangement with Random House Audio Group, a division of Random House, Inc.

Critic Reviews

  • Locus Award, 2001

"Richly imagined." (Publishers Weekly)
"A riveting continuation of a series whose brilliance continues to dazzle." (The Patriot News)
"I always expect the best from George R. R. Martin, and he always delivers." (Robert Jordan)
"High fantasy with a vengeance!" (San Diego Union-Tribune)

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Batter End than the second

I was on the fence about actually finishing this series after the second book, and during this book a little too. However, the ending of this one definitely left me with a desire to find out what happens!

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Amazing

Roy dotrice has been incredible and has changed he view I have on the show because how incredibly well done his voices and excitement are in the reading

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Woah!

Love the show. Now I love the books! Best one yet! The final 10 or so chapters of this one are unbelievable.

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Plot Thicks, Leaves You Wanting More For Sure!

Still with parallels to great tragedies, litterary or otherwise, besides the fact that more classic Fantasy Novel "Magic" is introduced throughout this volume than was the previous two. This is the turning point in the story where the plot gets much deeper, leaving the reader (or listener) wanting more and more. Still not my favorite narrator, but am getting used to him.

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Fantastic

I couldn't stop listening. Sometimes I would make myself run longer distances just so I could listen to more.

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great story

After watching the show I love getting more of the characters back story. I do wish the narrator had a couple more voices for this huge cast of people.

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incredible voice and story

I was enthralled in the story, brought to life by Roy Dotrice. Emotion, energy and the tempo of action in the voice made George R.R. Martins plot and characters that much more entertaining.

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excellent but requires focus

I love the George rr Martin books but they require real focus... so many characters and names.

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Awesomeness

Great writing by George R. R. Martin and extraordinarily read by Roy Dotrice! On to the next book for me!

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Sooo long ! I loved every minute.

totally hooked with RR martin. im so intrigued to see Dead Lady Katelyn . Kinda hate Barys voice tho