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2 eBooks in 1! George R. R. Martin, a writer of unsurpassed vision, power, and imagination, has created a landmark of fantasy fiction. Now his two epic works, A Game of Thrones and A Clash of Kings are combined together in this eBook edition. Sweeping from a harsh land of cold to a summertime kingdom of epicurean plenty, A Game of Thrones tells a tale of lords and ladies, 2 eBooks in 1! George R. R. Martin, a writer of unsurpassed vision, power, and imagination, has created a landmark of fantasy fiction. Now his two epic works, A Game of Thrones and A Clash of Kings are combined together in this eBook edition. Sweeping from a harsh land of cold to a summertime kingdom of epicurean plenty, A Game of Thrones tells a tale of lords and ladies, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and bastards who come together in a time of grim omens. Here, an enigmatic band of warriors bear swords of no human metal, a tribe of fierce wildings carry men off into madness, a cruel young dragon prince barters his sister to win back his throne, a child is lost in the twilight between life and death, and a determined woman undertakes a treacherous journey to protect all she holds dear. Amid plots and counterplots, tragedy and betrayal, victory and terror, allies and enemies, the fate of the Starks hangs perilously in the balance, as each side endeavors to win that deadliest of conflicts: the game of thrones. In the eagerly awaited second volume in this epic saga, he once again proves himself a master myth-maker, setting a standard against which all other fantasy novels will be measured for years to come. Time is out of joint. The summer of peace and plenty, ten years long, is drawing to a close, and the harsh, chill winter approaches like an angry beast. Two great leaders--Lord Eddard Stark and Robert Baratheon--who held sway over an age of enforced peace are dead...victims of royal treachery. Now, from the ancient citadel of Dragonstone to the forbidding shores of Winterfell, chaos reigns, as pretenders to the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms prepare to stake their claims through tempest, turmoil, and war. As a prophecy of doom cuts across the sky--a comet the color of blood and flame--six factions struggle for control of a divided land. Eddard's son Robb has declared himself King in the North. In the south, Joffrey, the heir apparent, rules in name only, victim of the scheming courtiers who teem over King's Landing. Robert's two brothers each seek their own dominion, while a disfavored house turns once more to conquest. And a continent away, an exiled queen, the Mother of Dragons, risks everything to lead her precious brood across a hard hot desert to win back the crown that is rightfully hers. A Clash of Kings transports us into a magnificent, forgotten land of revelry and revenge, wizardry and warfare. It is a tale in which maidens cavort with madmen, brother plots against brother, and the dead rise to walk in the night. Here a princess masquerades as an orphan boy; a knight of the mind prepares a poison for a treacherous sorceress; and wild men descend from the Mountains of the Moon to ravage the countryside. Against a backdrop of incest and fratricide, alchemy and murder, the price of glory may be measured in blood. And the spoils of victory may just go to the men and women possessed of the coldest steel ... and the coldest hearts. For when rulers clash, all of the land feels the tremors. Audacious, inventive, brilliantly imagined, A Clash of Kings is a novel of dazzling beauty and boundless enchantment--a tale of pure excitement you will never forget.

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  1. 4 out of 5

    Lucas

    If Mr. T threw a punch at a bunch of letters, they'd fall into place as SONG OF ICE AND FIRE.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Liz M

    Over 1,700 pages through the Song of Ice and Fire series, and I am genuinely addicted. Having never read true fantasy/science fiction before, I was skeptical. . . but figured NPR's list of "10 books you probably haven't read, but should" wouldn't be wrong. Then. . . half way through Game of Thrones, the series began on HBO. I can't wait to watch it after I am done reading the series. By the time I make it through the next two montster of a books, hopefully Dancing with Dragons will be in paperba Over 1,700 pages through the Song of Ice and Fire series, and I am genuinely addicted. Having never read true fantasy/science fiction before, I was skeptical. . . but figured NPR's list of "10 books you probably haven't read, but should" wouldn't be wrong. Then. . . half way through Game of Thrones, the series began on HBO. I can't wait to watch it after I am done reading the series. By the time I make it through the next two montster of a books, hopefully Dancing with Dragons will be in paperback....

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lance

    I'm not much of a fantasy reader. Having said that, I find this series to be compelling. Dare I say I'm enjoying this more than the Lord of the Rings? I Do!! I do dare say it!!! I'm about 2/3rds of the way through the third book and cannot put it down. I love the complexity of the characters. I like the fact that there isn't a lot of magic and crazy monsters. The people are the monsters. The "bad" people do bad things not because they are inherently evil, but because they have human flaws and we I'm not much of a fantasy reader. Having said that, I find this series to be compelling. Dare I say I'm enjoying this more than the Lord of the Rings? I Do!! I do dare say it!!! I'm about 2/3rds of the way through the third book and cannot put it down. I love the complexity of the characters. I like the fact that there isn't a lot of magic and crazy monsters. The people are the monsters. The "bad" people do bad things not because they are inherently evil, but because they have human flaws and weaknesses. They commit evil acts because they are jealous, lustful, fearful, etc... I find myself hating some of these characters and then a few chapters later feeling sympathy for them. I like how each chapter switches who the narrator is. It gives you a greater depth of view as to what is going on when you see it from multiple perspectives. I also like the fact that the author pulls no punches. The "good" characters suffer. They suffer immensely. They get themselves into horrible situations and sometimes don't get out of them. The "bad" guys often win. There is seldom a deus ex machina to be found. There have been quite a few times in this series where I have been absolutely stunned by the events that have transpired. No one is held sacred. Everyone is at risk. There is a great amount of tension when you know your favorite character may very well die on the next page. I could continue to rave about this series for hours, but will stop here. To sum up: Love it!!!!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    I can't believe I had never read, nor even heard of, this book until this summer! The story is somewhat like Lord of the Rings, only a thousand times more fun to read (I like the LOTR films, not so much the books). There are swords and horses and banners, murders and plots, destinies and tragedies. Delightfully strong female characters (e.g., Arya! Awesome name, too!) and a deliciously clever and rude dwarf (the human kind) add to the expected knights and whatnot. The story's main conflict has m I can't believe I had never read, nor even heard of, this book until this summer! The story is somewhat like Lord of the Rings, only a thousand times more fun to read (I like the LOTR films, not so much the books). There are swords and horses and banners, murders and plots, destinies and tragedies. Delightfully strong female characters (e.g., Arya! Awesome name, too!) and a deliciously clever and rude dwarf (the human kind) add to the expected knights and whatnot. The story's main conflict has many facets, and I found myself rooting for different "sides" at different moments--the "good" and the "evil" are fairly readily recognizable, but as in life, not everyone on either side quite fits the broad-strokes label. An absolute blast to read, and reading it in late fall is highly recommended because of the many repetitions of the ominous phrase "Winter is coming"--winter being, in the world of this book, a dark season which can last a decade or more.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Dana Simpson

    I waited till this year to read Game of Thrones. I got tired of hearing how much better George Martins' novels are compared to J.R.R. Tolkin. I finely picked up Game of Thrones just because of all the buzz the story was causing and HBO picked it up to make a show. Wow, I am swallowing my pride!! the man did his homework, and gave justice to the lords, knights, kings, and yes even the villain "The Spider" too. I can see why he was compared to Tolkin, what imagery, fine details, a true rich world f I waited till this year to read Game of Thrones. I got tired of hearing how much better George Martins' novels are compared to J.R.R. Tolkin. I finely picked up Game of Thrones just because of all the buzz the story was causing and HBO picked it up to make a show. Wow, I am swallowing my pride!! the man did his homework, and gave justice to the lords, knights, kings, and yes even the villain "The Spider" too. I can see why he was compared to Tolkin, what imagery, fine details, a true rich world for a n awesome story to unfold in. The characters are very well developed and all seem so real, forced to make real hard chooses, even if there are life/death consequences, which make them even more real. I have devoured t"Games of Throne" and now leapt head first into A Clash of Kings. He even added more characters, just as alluring as the first group. How I cried for Sansza when her father was beheaded!!!! Only to read that King Jeffory still has Ned's head on a spike. HE does not deserve belittling AFTER his undeserving death. I am still so worried for Arry, even if she is with the orphan boys. I worry over her getting raped. Where is her direwolf? Anyway, these books are the boom, just wish I hadn't waited so long to read them!!!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Alicia

    Lame. Unreadable. I question the author's interior life when he describes the orgasms of a 14 year old girl as her husband has forcible, non-consensual sex with her.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne Macartney

    Rating is zero stars. So not worth it. Crass and raw don't quite cover it. Sleaze, misogyny. These are central. I think the author lost his story after the first book. Author G.Martin wrote some excellent premises in book one. And then..... that's it. He really had no story. Only the premise for one. Book two is 800 pages of lost, hungry, and beaten orphans, war, violence, violent rape, threats of rape, humiliation of women, drownings, kidnappings, hangings, sexual humiliation (men), and decapita Rating is zero stars. So not worth it. Crass and raw don't quite cover it. Sleaze, misogyny. These are central. I think the author lost his story after the first book. Author G.Martin wrote some excellent premises in book one. And then..... that's it. He really had no story. Only the premise for one. Book two is 800 pages of lost, hungry, and beaten orphans, war, violence, violent rape, threats of rape, humiliation of women, drownings, kidnappings, hangings, sexual humiliation (men), and decapitation. Oh and, winter is coming. Why, really, did he bother? I won't be fooled again. I trusted this author to have a point. Most anything would do. Author is not up to the task. The "stories" are a cover for blood lust writ large. And hating women even larger. Further rants below. --------------------------------- Besides above, I have a more basic objection to G. R.R. Martin. The novel is not told in the first-person but rather through an all-knowing author. Our collective POV is the following: "...at the warehouse where the lowest and dirtiest of whores will spread their legs for any passerby." Martin could say anything here. "where the cheapest women of the night can sell their wares" gets the point across equally well doesn't it? He hardly ever fails to remind that women are whores. So are men. But we more often told of the first. The hundreds of lines just like it grind away at one's humanity while reading this "adventure" story.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jared

    At first it is an interesting story and the multiple narratives are acceptable. Later in the book the author throws out an unexpected plot twist and then shifts to completely unrelated narratives for a few chapters. I ended up skipping ahead and eventually stopped reading altogether. After reading the book for a while, I became painfully aware that the author's intent was to draw out this story as long as possible, hence the subsequent volumes. I like books with multiple volumes but only if each At first it is an interesting story and the multiple narratives are acceptable. Later in the book the author throws out an unexpected plot twist and then shifts to completely unrelated narratives for a few chapters. I ended up skipping ahead and eventually stopped reading altogether. After reading the book for a while, I became painfully aware that the author's intent was to draw out this story as long as possible, hence the subsequent volumes. I like books with multiple volumes but only if each volume isn't a cliffhanger. This book is a blatant cliffhanger and reading it was frustrating. The book is unnecessarily vulgar in several parts.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Orr

    These books got worse and worse with every chapter. The second book took me over a year to finish and I am officially done with this series. Besides the fact that these books do not have any business in the fantasy section (throwing in three dragons and one pathetic life spell amongst two 600-700 page books does not make a series "fantasy") these books were disgusting. The entire society of these books is Patriarchal and raping women and children is a major theme. The author somehow thinks that These books got worse and worse with every chapter. The second book took me over a year to finish and I am officially done with this series. Besides the fact that these books do not have any business in the fantasy section (throwing in three dragons and one pathetic life spell amongst two 600-700 page books does not make a series "fantasy") these books were disgusting. The entire society of these books is Patriarchal and raping women and children is a major theme. The author somehow thinks that throwing in a couple female heroines (some of them raped multiple times) makes the book less bigoted. The series does not have any kind of direction. It drags on and on without any major events. In the first book, I got only that Daenarys has reached puberty. The second book... I got nothing from. I have no idea what I was supposed to pull from it. Two stars is for mildly interesting characters, mostly lacking real character development.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kevin

    "A clash of kings" by George R.R. Martine, is most lengthy book i've ever read. But is it worth the time? Yes. The book has a lot of content to take in, but it is mainly about different houses and powerful people fighting each other to sit on the mighty throne, while other danger approaches. The story is also mixed with a fantasy element. While fighting for the throne is more based on reality, there is the undead, called night walkers, Approaching north of the wall. Oh, and did i mention, its al "A clash of kings" by George R.R. Martine, is most lengthy book i've ever read. But is it worth the time? Yes. The book has a lot of content to take in, but it is mainly about different houses and powerful people fighting each other to sit on the mighty throne, while other danger approaches. The story is also mixed with a fantasy element. While fighting for the throne is more based on reality, there is the undead, called night walkers, Approaching north of the wall. Oh, and did i mention, its always snowing all four seasons in the world of game of thrones, and summer actually last up to 7 years. Meaning when winter come, only those who have enough resource can survive. This is when the power of the houses really matters. And it is the coldest in the North, so people built a wall, separating the cold and the danger away from the rest. And people called the Nights watch guard to walls, form wildlings( scavengers) and others sorts of evil.... One thing i liked about the book is that theres is really a lot of take in. It feels like a living and breathing world. The story is also narrated by different peoples viewpoint, and different location, instead on focusing on one main character. And it all makes sense when you connect them together. You know exactly what a character thinks and feels. However, the book is extremely graphic (violence, sex etc.) and i definitely will not recommend it to smaller kids. I give this book a 5 star because i really enjoyed reading it and the story, and despite the long read, the story always gets me reading on and on. This book has great story and a huge roster of characters. I will recommend this book to all realistic fictions fans.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Mark

    Not as full of as many twists and turns as the previous entry in the series, but still a fantastic read. George R. R. Martin is creating a new epic, and one I did not think I would be able to get sucked into. The characters are all growing within the confines of the story, with the exception of say Sansa and she is still my most loathed character. However, I understand that we're supposed to find fault with her and her childish views when disaster and ruin are around us. I have every confidence th Not as full of as many twists and turns as the previous entry in the series, but still a fantastic read. George R. R. Martin is creating a new epic, and one I did not think I would be able to get sucked into. The characters are all growing within the confines of the story, with the exception of say Sansa and she is still my most loathed character. However, I understand that we're supposed to find fault with her and her childish views when disaster and ruin are around us. I have every confidence that the author will redeem her in our eyes and she will grow as much as Jon, Bran and Arya have. One criticism of this book was not enough Robb and too much Theon. However, there's still plenty of novels in the series in which to correct that. I'll be taking my sorbet of another book before launching into the next volume in this epic, but it's getting harder and harder to do so.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    Who? What? How? I just cannot understand how this book has received such rave reviews. It is Harlequin Romance on crack. With one exception, all the good guys are very good, all the bad guys are very bad and all the bit players are interchangeable. If you can't remember who is who among the Sers, don't worry, they all get cut down in the end. And the "love scenes"? This guys has a fetish for women taken roughly and against their will....but then some come to love it. What? Who? No. If I heard ab Who? What? How? I just cannot understand how this book has received such rave reviews. It is Harlequin Romance on crack. With one exception, all the good guys are very good, all the bad guys are very bad and all the bit players are interchangeable. If you can't remember who is who among the Sers, don't worry, they all get cut down in the end. And the "love scenes"? This guys has a fetish for women taken roughly and against their will....but then some come to love it. What? Who? No. If I heard about a glistening manhood once, I heard about it 1,000 times. Maybe it was all the hype, but if this isn't the case of the Emperor has no clothes, I don't know what is. Lemmings, step away from the cliff and from this book.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Missy

    Fantastic! I'm already into the next one of the series. You definitely can't tell a book by its cover w/ this one. Kinda boring cover- Not so, the book. Each chapter features a character and each character is so richly portrayed. There are a wide wide range of people to fall in love with and a few despicable creeps to keep things exciting. Plus, some of the characters are neither one nor the other, but some of both. It's a combo, new to me, bringing a historical fiction feel to pure believable f Fantastic! I'm already into the next one of the series. You definitely can't tell a book by its cover w/ this one. Kinda boring cover- Not so, the book. Each chapter features a character and each character is so richly portrayed. There are a wide wide range of people to fall in love with and a few despicable creeps to keep things exciting. Plus, some of the characters are neither one nor the other, but some of both. It's a combo, new to me, bringing a historical fiction feel to pure believable fantasy. I went through the whole spectrum of feelings. Did I cry? I did, and it was during a scene that was w/ people whose culture was so foreign and, in many ways, revolting to me. There were a lot of really great cultural interweaving. Fantastic!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Nadine X

    And the rabbit hole goes deeper. Without spoiling anything, I'll just say that this series is becoming more complicated and intriguing by the book. At times it does feel convoluted, or at least, confusing. I had to re-read some sections several times, and there were many more characters introduced, which is kinda overwhelming. However, there is a rich fandom and lots of websites dedicated to answering questions and discussing plot points. One shouldn't have to rely on that though. That said thou And the rabbit hole goes deeper. Without spoiling anything, I'll just say that this series is becoming more complicated and intriguing by the book. At times it does feel convoluted, or at least, confusing. I had to re-read some sections several times, and there were many more characters introduced, which is kinda overwhelming. However, there is a rich fandom and lots of websites dedicated to answering questions and discussing plot points. One shouldn't have to rely on that though. That said though, I can't stop reading. This particular book had some major plot twists and revelations that have pulled me deeper into the series. I have to see what happens next, how all of these characters paths cross, and where their roads will lead.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Brock

    I picked this book up on a dare. Had no idea what it was about. After the first two chapters, I ran to my computer and ordered the next three books. I couldn't believe the depth or character and story that Martin put into this work. I firmly believe, and let's not get to carried away on the comments, that this series surpasses any other fantasy series out there. I know the LoTR followers will be distressed to hear this, but as far as creating worlds, Martin is in a league of his own.

  16. 4 out of 5

    James Lyon

    I've been watching the TV series, and feared it would color or somehow negatively impact the reading experience. It didn't. Martin's imagination and cosmology are fascinating. Sadly, they are firmly rooted in real human behavior and politics. But that is what makes it all the more gripping. Occasionally a bit too much telling and not enough showing, but the plot twists and character development more than make up for this. Couldn't put it down.

  17. 5 out of 5

    John Bond

    Well done and close to the second season. Two down, and three or five to go.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Loredana Puma

    Quando giochi al gioco del trono, o vinci o muori Cominciamo col parlare di questa edizione, uno dei tanti pastrocchi che la Mondadori ci ha rifilato nel proporci l’opera di zio George. Questo volumone del peso di una tonnellata circa e maneggevole quanto una palla da bowling, per arbitraria decisione di chissà quale genio dell’editoria contiene i primi quattro volumi della travagliata edizione italiana delle Cronache del Ghiaccio e del Fuoco, che poi sarebbero i primi due dell’edizione originale Quando giochi al gioco del trono, o vinci o muori Cominciamo col parlare di questa edizione, uno dei tanti pastrocchi che la Mondadori ci ha rifilato nel proporci l’opera di zio George. Questo volumone del peso di una tonnellata circa e maneggevole quanto una palla da bowling, per arbitraria decisione di chissà quale genio dell’editoria contiene i primi quattro volumi della travagliata edizione italiana delle Cronache del Ghiaccio e del Fuoco, che poi sarebbero i primi due dell’edizione originale. Ricapitolando: per anni i fan si sono accollati romanzi spezzettati in due o addirittura tre volumi (con tanto di titoli più che fantasiosi) perché “erano troppo lunghi”, per poi subire la beffa di vederne pubblicati ben due insieme! Questa edizione, oltretutto, per qualche misteriosa ragione è priva delle indispensabili mappe del Nord e del Sud. Nelle ultime pagine è presente un glossario (alquanto confuso) che elenca tutti i personaggi divisi per case nobiliari e corti, ma impossibile da consultare durante la lettura in quanto rappresenta una specie di fiera dello spoiler. Non sono stati corretti i vari errori di traduzione (fra cui quello famoso dell’unicorno tirato fuori dal nulla). Dulcis in fundo, subito dopo l’uscita di questo primo volume della “raccolta completa”, la casa editrice ha cambiato di nuovo rotta e, sull’onda del successo della serie televisiva, ha cominciato a ripubblicare - a dimostrazione che non ci voleva poi tanto - i romanzi rispettando la scansione originale. Però in quest’ultimo caso ha pensato bene di cambiare addirittura nome alla saga, che per l’occasione (accodandosi al titolo dell’edizione italiana della serie tv) è diventato Il Trono di Spade. =_=’ Confusi? Beh, è il minimo. Facciamo così. Io dirò di aver letto i primi due volumi della saga A Song of Ice and Fire (titolo che fra l’altro costituisce un riferimento preciso, come si scoprirà verso la fine del secondo libro), ovvero A Games of Thrones e A Clash of Kings. Che poi, a tradurli in italiano alla lettera o quasi sarebbero suonati tanto male? Qualcosa come Il Gioco dei Troni e Lo Scontro dei Re. A me sembrano abbastanza scorrevoli ed epici da poter essere usati per future edizioni, invece di continuare a propinarci assurdità come Il Grande Inverno (titolo del secondo libro dell’edizione nostrana) in un momento in cui di questo benedetto inverno ancora non si vede neppure l’ombra! Va bene che “The Winter is Coming”, però… :P E adesso, dopo questa premessa doverosa, parliamo finalmente di questa saga (le cinque stelline si riferiscono interamente al contenuto, perché all’edizione ne avrei data mezza). Più andavo avanti con la lettura, più mi veniva in mente l’immagine di cento cani sopra un osso. Nel caso particolare, l’osso è rappresentato dal Trono di Spade, da cui il sovrano dei Sette Regni domina il Continente Occidentale di un immaginario mondo medievaleggiante. Un mondo in cui le stagioni possono durare anni interi e dove un’impenetrabile barriera di ghiaccio separa il mondo “civilizzato” (o presunto tale) dagli orrori e dall’oscurità che dimorano nelle gelide terre dell’estremo Nord. E questo benedetto trono (come tutti i troni) rappresenta l’occhio di un ciclone: chi c’è seduto sopra ha tutta l’intenzione di restarci, chi ritiene gli sia stato usurpato è pronto a riprenderselo a qualunque costo, chi pensa che il proprio figlio debba un giorno sedervi sopra è pronto a tutto per far sì che accada, e così via. Queste lotte di potere finiranno per coinvolgere (e travolgere) una casata in realtà molto lontana dagli intrighi di palazzo, quella degli Stark, il cui capofamiglia, Eddard, fiero Lord di Grande Inverno e Protettore del più settentrionale dei Sette Regni, verrà invitato dall’amico Re Robert Baratheon a seguirlo nella capitale e a divenire il nuovo Primo Cavaliere del Re, dopo la morte improvvisa (e sospetta) di colui che fino a poco prima aveva rivestito tale carica. Da qui prende il via una sequela impressionante di intrighi, manovre politiche, tragedie, vendette, passioni, scontri, lotte di potere e di religione, guerre. Il tutto narrato dall’ormai famoso coro di voci narranti “alla Martin”, in cui vari personaggi si alternano nel presentarci la storia in terza persona ma ognuno dal proprio punto di vista (non ci sono divisioni in capitoli, ma solo il nome del personaggio di volta in volta portatore del Point of View). In A Game of Thrones sono sicuramente gli Stark a fare la parte del leone (6 personaggi portatori di PoV su 8), ma già nel secondo volume si aggiungeranno altre interessanti prospettive. Com’è ormai noto, nei romanzi di Martin non ci sono “buoni” o “cattivi”, ma solo persone che – come nella realtà – tirano acqua al proprio mulino e fanno i propri interessi (con qualche rarissima eccezione). Nonostante questo è impossibile non schierarsi dalla parte di alcuni e non odiarne profondamente altri (augurando loro una morte lenta e dolorosa), e questo nonostante zio George si impegni a fondo a fornire a tutti motivazioni valide per le proprie azioni, per turpi e orripilanti che siano. E’ altresì noto che il livello di realismo e di estrema violenza di questi libri non li rende certo adatti a tutti. Astenersi in particolare animi troppo sensibili, amanti del lieto fine e paladini della giustizia. I rari esempi di integrità e senso dell’onore non recano infatti grandi vantaggi a chi tenta di portare avanti questo tipo di valori (e anche questo aspetto, purtroppo, è molto verosimile). Un consiglio: non sentitevi mai al sicuro, né fate mai pensieri del tipo “questo personaggio non può morire perché: è interessante; è simpatico; ovviamente è necessario allo sviluppo della storia; è un protagonista; ecc.”. Considerazioni che andrebbero bene per il 99% dei libri, ma non per questi. A volte sembra quasi che Martin si diverta nel distruggere le aspettative del lettore e nel far accadere proprio quello che mai si vorrebbe. Ecco, se proprio si vuole fare un appunto a zio George, mi sembra che esageri un po’ in questo. Va bene il realismo, ma il mondo che ha creato è fin troppo cupo e ingiusto. Mai uno spiraglio di luce o di speranza, neppure per caso. Mai una volta che sentimenti un po’ più nobili abbiano la meglio o che una buona azione conduca a qualcosa di positivo. Nemmeno la realtà riesce a essere così brutale e disperata. :P In compenso ci vengono presentati personaggi di grandissimo fascino (nessuno escluso, da quelli un po' più positivi fino a quelli più abietti e disumani) e una rappresentazione ahimè fin troppo vera delle logiche del potere, delle passioni umane e degli abissi a cui possono condurre. Per quanto riguarda l’elemento fantastico, non lo definirei "poco marcato" come hanno detto in molti. Lo definirei sotterraneo, nascosto, serpeggiante. Pur nell’estremo realismo che caratterizza la vicenda, il sovrannaturale infatti è sempre lì, fra le maglie degli eventi, a suggerirci – sempre di più con l’avanzare delle pagine – che ci sono anche altre forze in gioco, sconosciute e perciò tanto più spaventose. Un affresco incredibile, ricchissimo e che non può fare a meno di ammaliare, ma a cui bisogna accostarsi consapevoli di ciò a cui si va incontro. Auspicando che zio George si sbrighi a concludere l’opera – che, ricordiamo, prevede altri due volumi, per un totale di sette – e che la Mondadori continui sulla strada di una ripubblicazione “sensata” dell’intera saga, attendo di leggere A Storm of Swords e i suoi seguiti. Ovviamente senza aspettarmi un lieto fine, ma solo eventi nefasti e profondamenti ingiusti! XD

  19. 5 out of 5

    Willow Lucy

    Absolutely AMAZING. Mr Martin is a god. Read the entire book in 6 days because I couldn't put it down.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Ana Luísa

    George R.R. Martin apresenta-nos um mundo complexamente rico e fantástico nos volumes I(A Guerra dos Tronos) e II (A Fúria dos Reis) do livro Das Crônicas de Gelo e Fogo. Martin recheia seu vasto universo medieval de reis, rainhas, donzelas, cavaleiros, guerreiros, políticos, príncipes, princesas, acrescentando, ainda, pitadas de fantástico com ogros, dragões, mortos-vivos e bruxaria, tudo bem ao gosto da Idade Média. Não se pode deixar de admirar a imaginação fértil do autor a cada descrição de c George R.R. Martin apresenta-nos um mundo complexamente rico e fantástico nos volumes I(A Guerra dos Tronos) e II (A Fúria dos Reis) do livro Das Crônicas de Gelo e Fogo. Martin recheia seu vasto universo medieval de reis, rainhas, donzelas, cavaleiros, guerreiros, políticos, príncipes, princesas, acrescentando, ainda, pitadas de fantástico com ogros, dragões, mortos-vivos e bruxaria, tudo bem ao gosto da Idade Média. Não se pode deixar de admirar a imaginação fértil do autor a cada descrição de cenário, de reino, sensações inerentes à natureza humana ou, até mesmo, nos detalhes de uma simples refeição, com peculiaridades típicas de cada região, linhagem ou casa. Enfrentei, todavia, alguns problemas com a leitura. O primeiro é o mais óbvio: Os volumes I e II das Crônicas de Gelo e Fogo somam mais de 1.250 páginas. Eu nada apontaria nesse sentido, caso estivesse diante de uma narrativa instigante, pois, várias vezes, já devorei livros de 500 páginas em menos de três dias, como foi o caso da excelente trilogia Millenium do sueco Stieg Larsson. Não é a hipótese sob exame, infelizmente. Martin capricha demais nas minúcias. Capricha tanto, que a leitura de sua obra muitas vezes se torna desinteressante, pois pouco caminha para frente. Há muitos desvios paralelos que devemos percorrer antes de retomar a via principal. Isso é facilmente detectável pelo número excessivo de personagens. Há de se ter paciência e retornar várias vezes para recordar quem é fulano, sicrana, seu grau de parentesco ou sua ligação com a casa “x” ou “y”. Enquanto estamos no volume I, tudo parece relativamente fácil, pois a casa Stark( dos Lobos) gira em torno de Lady Catelyn(com sua respectiva casa de solteira Tully) e Lord Eddard; a casa Lannister(dos Leões) é vista sob a ótica de Tyrion e, Daenerys, tem seu mundo a parte com a casa dos Targaryen, ou a Casa do Dragão. À medida que a história avança, todavia, outros personagens vão começando a ganhar mais importância, tais como Jon Snow, Sansa, Arya, Bran, Robb, todos da casa Stark que, por sua vez, vão sendo ajudados por outros personagens secundários, mas igualmente numerosos e de relativa importância para a compreensão da narrativa. Da parte dos Lannister, temos que ficar igualmente atentos aos diálogos da rainha Cersei, seu pai Tywin, o irmão e amante Jamie e do filho de ambos, Joffrey. A rainha (khalesi) Daenerys, naturalmente, tem um reino próprio e recheado de vassalos, pretendentes, traidores, traidores potenciais e fiéis súditos, depois da morte do seu marido e khal Drogo. Para piorar a guerra dos tronos, depois do assassinato do rei Robert, há também o envolvimento de seus irmãos, da casa Baratheon, também em busca de poder e conquistas, sendo que jamais podemos esquecer, nem por um segundo, das vitais interferências dos conselheiros reais Varys e Lord Petyr, que desta fazem parte. E novas casas ou reinos vão surgindo, à medida que alianças e guerras, de campo ou psicológicas, vão sendo travadas , assim como surgem as perspectivas de novos personagens menos interessantes, tais como Davos e Theon, tornando tudo ainda mais truncado e difícil de acompanhar sem voltarmos algumas páginas. Para se ter uma idéia da complexidade da árvore genealógica dessas linhagens , George Martin faz um apêndice de pelo menos 20 páginas com todas as casas e reinos para auxiliar seus leitores. E , acreditem-me: tive que recorrer ao precioso guia do autor várias vezes. É livro para se amar ou odiar e não incita incontrolável curiosidade para avançar-se página a página. Ao contrário: cuida de história para se ler lentamente, feita para um público dirigido e afeito a sagas do gênero “Lord of the Rings”. Há passagens grandiosas, eloquentes, inteligentes, outras espirituosas, principalmente quando há envolvimento dos Lannister, mas falta um romance pelo qual torcer, falta uma batalha pela qual lutar, principalmente após o assassinato de Lord Eddard e , acima de tudo , falta um personagem para me sentir identificada , embora esteja apostando bastante nos futuros crescimentos de Arya, Sansa e Jon Snow, já que minha empolgação por Catelyn esvaneceu-se depois do segundo volume e nunca foi admiradora da conclamada Daenerys ou tampouco de seus repulsivos dragões de estimação. Veremos como Martin se portará com o subsequente A Tormenta de Espadas que, provavelmente, terá outras 600 páginas. Haja apêndices...

  21. 5 out of 5

    M.L. Harveland

    Rarely do I give a five-star rating to a book. But, I feel that this one is well-deserving. The prose was well-written and easily devoured. George R.R. Martin wrote in a straightforward style—each chapter highlighting a specific character whom the reader follows throughout the entire book. Though each chapter is written in first-person (a POV that I generally dislike), the characters were developed with depth and sincerity. Unlike some characters in first-person narratives, these have a feeling Rarely do I give a five-star rating to a book. But, I feel that this one is well-deserving. The prose was well-written and easily devoured. George R.R. Martin wrote in a straightforward style—each chapter highlighting a specific character whom the reader follows throughout the entire book. Though each chapter is written in first-person (a POV that I generally dislike), the characters were developed with depth and sincerity. Unlike some characters in first-person narratives, these have a feeling of authenticity because of their multiple layers. In most narratives, protagonists and antagonists are generally archetypical. However, Martin creates such well-rounded characters that I often found that those I rooted for had disenchanting character flaws, while those I tended to oppose had redeeming qualities. At times, I questioned whether I was rooting for the correct family. And typically, in most fantasies, villains are less intelligent or less cunning than the hero, which is not true in this book. The story is far from formulaic, and caught me off guard at particular moments when strong characters were killed off unexpectedly. The book plays off as historical fiction—until the fantasy elements come into play. The story would be just as excellent were the fantastical elements removed, but far less entertaining. Though readers who enjoy fantasy or historical fiction would thoroughly enjoy this book, I would highly recommend it to anyone.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Robin Wiley

    OK. I decided to read this again to prepare for Dance with Dragons. Gods old and new only know when he'll finish the final two books, so I'm trying to savor the experience. I think this is the religion book. We really get introduced to the different religions of this world, how they operate, which I really like. We expect for an author to expand on the world in the second book, and although we still haven't gone south, we get some pretty cool new stuff. North of the Wall, Harrenhall, Riverrun, The OK. I decided to read this again to prepare for Dance with Dragons. Gods old and new only know when he'll finish the final two books, so I'm trying to savor the experience. I think this is the religion book. We really get introduced to the different religions of this world, how they operate, which I really like. We expect for an author to expand on the world in the second book, and although we still haven't gone south, we get some pretty cool new stuff. North of the Wall, Harrenhall, Riverrun, The Twin Towers, Dragonstone, and Pike just to mention a few. All very, very cool stuff. Had to get geek out with my "art of" calendar a bit. Action - plenty, and major battle for King's Landing Magic - Only a little, but it's creepy Melisandre sorcercy and some pretty impressive alchemy Creatures - Dire wolves, dragons, and some mammoths Cool places - Seven hells, yes Characters - Plenty Yeah, I've heard the whining about too many characters. But, if you can memorize all the players and stats for your favorite sports team, or all the characters and shennanigans of one of those horrible reality shows - housewives, Jersey shore, or whatever - you can handle this.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    How do authors do this? How do they come with this alternate world with all these complex story lines filled with war, love, hate (lots of hate!) revenge and yes, some hope? George Martin has done it all-blending the world as we know it with a new (really old) world of knights, castles, armor, lords and ladies, sword fights and war. There are new words to learn, new ideas to wrap your mind around, and a story that keeps you guessing from the first page to the last. I can't say that I found this How do authors do this? How do they come with this alternate world with all these complex story lines filled with war, love, hate (lots of hate!) revenge and yes, some hope? George Martin has done it all-blending the world as we know it with a new (really old) world of knights, castles, armor, lords and ladies, sword fights and war. There are new words to learn, new ideas to wrap your mind around, and a story that keeps you guessing from the first page to the last. I can't say that I found this book uplifting; the life of these people is hard and unforgiving. But, you will get totally wrapped up the the storylines and you will be able to feel the battle scenes, and cheer people that sound like they are fighting for the right now, but could very well turn out to have fooled everyone, even you by their cold, scheming ruin of a person, a family, or a kingdom. Every kind of character is here; the young who need to grow smart and street wise quickly to old unrelenting men who have a small crack of love and forgiveness in them . A fabulous book and story...the first of five in the series!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Tom

    To start with, I'll say that this book blew me away. The amount of characters in this book and the detail in the plot is amazing. At the back of the book, there is a huge list of characters in the main households in the book, but that still doesn't cover all of them. Unfortunately, this means that you could get confused, especially because many characters share similar (or the same) name. Still, it's hard to forget the main characters. I absolutely loved some characters and hated others, though To start with, I'll say that this book blew me away. The amount of characters in this book and the detail in the plot is amazing. At the back of the book, there is a huge list of characters in the main households in the book, but that still doesn't cover all of them. Unfortunately, this means that you could get confused, especially because many characters share similar (or the same) name. Still, it's hard to forget the main characters. I absolutely loved some characters and hated others, though I wasn't always sure whether or not I was supposed to like the characters. This is not your average fantasy book. There are very little mythical beasts (although they are mentioned) and the combat isn't described in great detail most of the time. This book is about the characters, their households and the way they interact with each other. It's hard to describe the plot much more without spoiling itm but I highly recommend this book. Just beware that it is very long, and I wouldn't recommend it if you don't intend to buy the other books in the series (you'll see why when you finish the book).

  25. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth K.

    I whipped through this! I was very excited to spend some time with the characters I liked from the first book in this series, and a few new ones, and liked seeing how the various factions in support of the various possible kings (as well as the non-faction up on the Wall in the North) were developing their strategies and plots. About 2/3 the way through, I did notice that not much in particular was happening in terms of moving the plot forward, this didn't really bother me, because I am nothing I whipped through this! I was very excited to spend some time with the characters I liked from the first book in this series, and a few new ones, and liked seeing how the various factions in support of the various possible kings (as well as the non-faction up on the Wall in the North) were developing their strategies and plots. About 2/3 the way through, I did notice that not much in particular was happening in terms of moving the plot forward, this didn't really bother me, because I am nothing if not a fan of overly detailed expository writing about people of whom I feel fondly, but I did notice it. Even that turned out not to be a problem, though, because the last 150 pages that pace turned on a dime and it was one insanely exciting thing after another. Grade: A Recommended: I would say the series is good for people like myself, people who like long, rambling epic stories, but are vaguely suspicious of fantasy novels with too much magic crap in them.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Blanca Estrella

    reading again I love so much...Amazing stuff I can go on for hours about this book. I am so familiar with all of them...I feel them in my heart and feel their pain as well Oh my :( Clash of kings A Clash of Kings picks up where A Game of Thrones left off; after the death of King Robert Baratheon and the execution of Eddard Stark, I do have to say that A Clash of Kings—indeed, any doorstopper fantasy series—can be fatiguing. It’s a well-built story—an assault on the capital forms the solid climax—b reading again I love so much...Amazing stuff I can go on for hours about this book. I am so familiar with all of them...I feel them in my heart and feel their pain as well Oh my :( Clash of kings A Clash of Kings picks up where A Game of Thrones left off; after the death of King Robert Baratheon and the execution of Eddard Stark, I do have to say that A Clash of Kings—indeed, any doorstopper fantasy series—can be fatiguing. It’s a well-built story—an assault on the capital forms the solid climax—but it’s so complex (although never too complex) and there’s so much of it that I’d advise readers to pace yourself. (While I’m looking forward to picking up A Storm of Swords, I have a storm of swords book but I am afraid to read...does that make sense to you..I don't want spoilers here. Us Game of Throne addicts hate spoilers :(

  27. 4 out of 5

    Karen Kristie

    Since there is no half-star rating (4.5), I'll go with 4. Like some war-themed books I've read, I found my eyes skipping some lengthy descriptions and going directly to conversations. (But then I always go back.) It also helps that, as a visual learner, I look at the maps every so often. Sometimes, I couldn't help but wish "A Game of Thrones" has an "Atlas of Middle-earth" counterpart. (Or is there?) What's similar to my experience with reading the first book is that I still have my own favorite Since there is no half-star rating (4.5), I'll go with 4. Like some war-themed books I've read, I found my eyes skipping some lengthy descriptions and going directly to conversations. (But then I always go back.) It also helps that, as a visual learner, I look at the maps every so often. Sometimes, I couldn't help but wish "A Game of Thrones" has an "Atlas of Middle-earth" counterpart. (Or is there?) What's similar to my experience with reading the first book is that I still have my own favorite chapters, thus admitting to having my own favorite characters. There are characters I want to kill though. Maybe the book is bringing out the violent side of me. (Haha!) I guess that's how good a writer George R.R. Martin is. Like most great writers, he makes you a part of the world he created that sometimes you wish you were really a part of it. =)

  28. 5 out of 5

    Brandie Lagarde

    I read all 694 pages in four days and it was so great that I almost didn't mind that it wasn't on my Kindle as I got this in book form from my library. My four year old son breaking his leg didn't slow me down (no, I wasn't reading when it happened, he was wrestling with his brothers) because I read it while I rocked him for hours as he slept. It is that good. I will be most upset though if I crack the pages of 'A Clash of Kings' and the first hundred pages or so are filled with retelling the fi I read all 694 pages in four days and it was so great that I almost didn't mind that it wasn't on my Kindle as I got this in book form from my library. My four year old son breaking his leg didn't slow me down (no, I wasn't reading when it happened, he was wrestling with his brothers) because I read it while I rocked him for hours as he slept. It is that good. I will be most upset though if I crack the pages of 'A Clash of Kings' and the first hundred pages or so are filled with retelling the first book, ugh I hate that. I haven't watched the series and I know I'm late to the A Song of Fire and Ice series but I am really trying not to get too attached to any one character since I can't tell when they might lose their head.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Shelley Lee Riley

    When I see comments in other reviews saying this series is "Just way better than Lord of the Rings," I am astounded. I like this series, but I have realized I am not emotionally invested with any of the characters, with the possible exception of Tyrion, and he’s supposed to be an antagonist. Where is the fellowship? I don’t know whose side I’m on. Everybody is everywhere, other than together. Nonetheless, I keep on reading. I don’t cry and I don’t get scared; I just keep putting each page behind When I see comments in other reviews saying this series is "Just way better than Lord of the Rings," I am astounded. I like this series, but I have realized I am not emotionally invested with any of the characters, with the possible exception of Tyrion, and he’s supposed to be an antagonist. Where is the fellowship? I don’t know whose side I’m on. Everybody is everywhere, other than together. Nonetheless, I keep on reading. I don’t cry and I don’t get scared; I just keep putting each page behind me. Would I recommend this series?…hmmm. Yes, yes I would. Is it better than The Lord of the Rings? The sound you hear is gales of laughter. Comparing this series to Lord of the Rings is about the same as comparing a mustang to Secretariat.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Nick

    The story is epic and the characters are complex. The series is very compelling, and above all, the reader cannot and should not assume anything about how the struggles of the characters unravel. The most beautiful part of the series is that there is no single protagonist, no antagonist... each character is flawed, yet each has redeeming qualities. Despite all of these great qualities I struggled with this book and I ultimately gave up on the series. The writing is maddening. Martin's writing suf The story is epic and the characters are complex. The series is very compelling, and above all, the reader cannot and should not assume anything about how the struggles of the characters unravel. The most beautiful part of the series is that there is no single protagonist, no antagonist... each character is flawed, yet each has redeeming qualities. Despite all of these great qualities I struggled with this book and I ultimately gave up on the series. The writing is maddening. Martin's writing suffers heavily from ADHD where the story flips from one character to another in span of 10-15 pages or so.... just as he captures your interest, the particular thread of the story is over, and the reader is thrown into another part of the realm which may be of no particular interest.

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