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A Clash of Kings: The bestselling classic epic fantasy series behind the award-winning HBO and Sky TV show and phenomenon GAME OF THRONES (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 2)

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Daenerys strikes east across the forbidding red waste and loses many of her followers to the harsh conditions before stumbling upon the ancient, abandoned city of Vaes Tolorro. 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. Despite heavy losses, some of Stannis' men establish a foothold on the north shore until a brave sally led by Tyrion dislodges them. Regarding the characters as the heart of the story, [115] Martin planned the epic A Song of Ice and Fire to have a large cast of characters and many different settings from the beginning.

Jon follows the footsteps of his uncle Benjen Stark and joins the Watch at a young age, rising quickly through the ranks.In March 2020, Martin stated that he was writing The Winds of Winter every day, [72] and in June he hoped to be done with it in 2021. but with his father the ‘king’ of the Iron Islands, Theon is a prince without a realm but he intends to conquer one–in north. In February 2016, Martin stated that he dropped all his editing projects except for Wild Cards, and that he would not be writing any teleplays, screenplays, short stories, introductions or forewords before delivering The Winds of Winter. Modern fantasy may often embrace strangeness, but A Song of Ice and Fire series is generally praised for what is perceived as a sort of medieval realism.

The Battle of the Blackwater ends when Stannis is unexpectedly flanked by Tywin and the Tyrells and barely manages to escape with a few thousand soldiers and a handful of ships. He also revealed there had been a previous deadline of October 2015 that he had considered achievable in May 2015, and that in September 2015 he had still considered the end-of-year deadline achievable. Martin was also inspired by the French historical novels The Accursed Kings by Maurice Druon, which are about the French monarchy in the 13th and 14th centuries. With King Robert dead and the Lannister family on the brink of scandal…the fate of the Iron Throne is in question–four different self professed ‘kings’ proclaim their imperial rule over the Seven Kingdoms threatening to divide the realm. In the first book I found my self really confused by the different ‘houses’, genealogy, and the overall layout of Westeros (creatures, myths etc)….Thus, he wanted to combine the realism of historical fiction with the magic appeal of the best fantasies, [87] subduing magic in favor of battles and political intrigue. Moral ambiguity pervades the books and their stories continually raise questions concerning loyalty, pride, human sexuality, piety, and the morality of violence. Martin drew most character inspiration from history (without directly translating historical figures) [26] and his own experiences, but also from the manners of his friends, acquaintances, and people of public interest.

After three chapters, he had a vivid idea of a boy seeing a man's beheading and finding direwolves in the snow, which would eventually become the first non-prologue chapter of A Game of Thrones. Attracted to gray characters, [122] Martin instead endorses William Faulkner's view that only the human heart in conflict with itself was worth writing about. 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.

Nevertheless, there were general concerns about whether Martin would be able to stay ahead of the show. However as the book ends, I finally started to appreciate her as a ‘hero’ but I still don’t enjoy her perspective as much as the others. The heroes are flawed in their own ways but in other ways they are infallible: they are sympathetic, trying to do the right thing by their standards, and have some characteristic the reader can admire (kindness, empathy, bravery, and loyalty etc). I really enjoyed Tyrion Lannister in this book and the little games he played with Varys, Littlefinger, Pycelle, and Cersei.

Martin has sourced the Massacre of Glencoe and Black Dinner as inspiration for the "Red Wedding", a crucial twist in A Storm of Swords. They continue north and make camp at a ruined fortress known as the Fist of the First Men, which serves as a strong defensive position.

Eventually a strong force of northmen arrive and discover what appear to be the corpses of Bran and Rickon Stark. It is, but fine writing makes this a thoroughly satisfying stew of dark magic, complex political intrigue, and horrific bloodshed. With the popularity of the series growing, HBO optioned A Song of Ice and Fire for a television adaptation in 2007. The books are divided into chapters, each one narrated in the third person limited through the eyes of a point of view character, [51] an approach Martin learned himself as a young journalism student. Influenced by his television and film scripting background, Martin tries to keep readers engrossed by ending each A Song of Ice and Fire chapter with a tense or revelational moment, a twist or a cliffhanger, similar to a TV act break.

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