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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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Loved it!

Great series, and a fantastic performance by the narrator. To the next book I go!

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Glad I watched the show on HBO

I am so sorry but it was very hard to follow the narrator. All of the voices he used for the numerious characters sound alike. Glad I have watched the show so I know them and can visualize the scenes.

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Love it!

Loved everything about this... And he sings!!! Highly recommend. Looking forward to the next book.

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Awe I loved it!!!!!

I really like the guy that narrates this. I didn't asst first but now he has grown on me.

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Best book in the series so far.

Loved it, very eventful, practically two whole seasons of the show in one book. Lots of shocking moments and a great ending that differs from the show.

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Well worth it

Yet another good one from Mr. Matrtin! Can't wait for the next one! Highly recommended! !!!

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Very good!

The only issue I have is the way the speaker pronounces 'Petyr' and 'Brienne' but that's a small thing.

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Great story but....

They need someone else to narrate this book. His voice and interpretation of characters are off putting.

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book 3 GOT

awesome, turns, twists....what a story line. can't wait to hear book 4 of Game Of Thrones.

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Narrator is poor

The story was great but the narrator cannot do a female voice to save him.