By George R. R. Martin
Dubbed “the American Tolkien” via Time magazine, George R. R. Martin has earned overseas popularity of his enormous cycle of epic myth. Now the number one New York Times bestselling writer supplies the 5th booklet in his spellbinding landmark series--as either well-known faces and brilliant new forces vie for a foothold in a fragmented empire.
In the aftermath of a substantial conflict, the way forward for the Seven Kingdoms hangs within the stability as soon as again--beset by means of newly rising threats from each path. within the east, Daenerys Targaryen, the final scion of condo Targaryen, principles together with her 3 dragons as queen of a urban equipped on dirt and demise. yet Daenerys has 3 times 3 thousand enemies, and lots of have got down to locate her. but, as they assemble, one younger guy embarks upon his personal quest for the queen, with a wholly various target in mind.
To the north lies the titanic Wall of ice and stone--a constitution simply as powerful as these guarding it. There, Jon Snow, 998th Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch, will face his maximum problem but. For he has robust foes not just in the Watch but additionally past, within the land of the creatures of ice.
And from all corners, sour conflicts quickly reignite, intimate betrayals are perpetrated, and a grand forged of outlaws and monks, infantrymen and skinchangers, nobles and slaves, will face doubtless insurmountable hindrances. a few will fail, others will develop within the power of darkness. yet in a time of emerging restlessness, the tides of future and politics will lead unavoidably to the best dance of all. . . .
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