Synopses & Reviews
Here is the third volume in George R. R. Martin's magnificent cycle of novels that includes A Game of Thrones
and A Clash of Kings
. As a whole, this series comprises a genuine masterpiece of modern fantasy, bringing together the best the genre has to offer. Magic, mystery, intrigue, romance, and adventure fill these pages and transport us to a world unlike any we have ever experienced. Already hailed as a classic, George R. R. Martin's stunning series is destined to stand as one of the great achievements of imaginative fiction.
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...
"[O]ne of the more rewarding examples of gigantism in contemporary fantasy....[R]ichly imagined....The complexity of characters...will keep readers turning even the vast number of pages contained in this volume..." Publishers Weekly
"The upside is impressive: a backdrop of real depth; elaborate yet immaculate plotting; believable characters; and controlled, resourceful magic." Kirkus Reviews
"This medieval fantasy series stands as one of the best." Dallas Morning News
"[R]eaders hardy enough to make their way through nearly a thousand pages of rich yet unrelenting prose will find their efforts well rewarded....Martin continues to take epic fantasy to new levels of insight and sophistication..." Faren Miller, Locus
The third book in the Song of Ice and Fire series makes its debut in trade format and heralds the arrival of new trade paperback editions of Martin's prior books, A Game of Thrones and A Clash of Kings. Martin is virtually unmatched in the complexity of his world building and the richness of his characterizations.
The sequel to the bestselling A Clash of Kings continues the story of the Seven Kingdoms. House Lannister has tightened its grip on the Iron Throne, but Tyrion still chafes under the rule of his scheming sister, his brutal father, and his sadistic nephew. While a continent away, Danaerys Stormborn and her dragons grow in power, while each undertakes a single-minded quest for victory and envelops the world in a storm of swords.
About the Author
George R.R. Martin sold his first story in 1971 and has been writing professionally since then. He spent ten years in Hollywood as a writer-producer, working on The Twilight Zone, Beauty and the Beast, and various feature films and television pilots that were never made. In the mid ‘90s he returned to prose, his first love, and began work on his epic fantasy series, A Song of Ice and Fire. He has been in the Seven Kingdoms ever since. Whenever hes allowed to leave, he returns to Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he lives with the lovely Parris, and two cats named Augustus and Caligula, who think they run the place.