Split into two books for the paperback, the third volume in George R.R.
Martin's superb and highly acclaimed epic fantasy A Song of Ice and Fire
continues the richest, most exotic and mesmerising saga since The Lord of the
Rings. The Seven Kingdoms are divided by revolt and blood feud, and winter
approaches like an angry beast. Beyond the Northern borders, wildlings leave
their villages to gather in the ice and stone wasteland of the Frostfangs. From
there, the renegade Brother Mance Rayder will lead them South towards the Wall.
Robb Stark wears his new-forged crown in the Kingdom of the North, but his
defences are ranged against attack from the South, the land of House
Stark's enemies the Lannisters. His sisters are trapped there, dead or likely
yet to die, at the whim of the Lannister boy-king Joffrey or his depraved mother
Cersei, regent of the Iron Throne. And Daenerys Stormborn will return to the
land of her birth to avenge the murder of her father, the last Dragon King on
the Iron Throne.
‘Colossal, staggering… all the intoxicating complexity of the Wars of the
Roses or Imperial Rome… one of the greats of fantasy literature.’ SFX ‘The
sheer-mind-boggling scope of this epic has sent other fantasy writers away
shaking their heads… Its ambition: to construct the Twelve Caesars of fantasy
fiction, with characters so venomous they could eat the Borgias.’ Guardian
George R.R. Martin is the author of Fevre Dream, the ultimate science fiction
horror novel, several collections of short stories and numerous scripts for
television drama. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.