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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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Main article: Themes in A Song of Ice and Fire Although involving dragons and sorcery, A Song of Ice and Fire series de-emphasizes magic as compared to many other epic fantasy works (emblem of J. On one hand, Martin was unsatisfied with covering the events during the gap solely through flashbacks and internal retrospection. Though it is long, the story itself is rich and the prose lyrical–this series definitely reads like a hero’s ballad adventure. In 2012, Martin had acknowledged his concerns about A Dream of Spring not being completed by the time the TV series Game of Thrones catches up in its storyline to the novels. By the mid-1990s, he had won three Hugo Awards, two Nebula Awards, and other awards for his short fiction.

The series was in particular influenced by the Hundred Years' War, the Crusades, the Albigensian Crusade, and the Wars of the Roses, [84] [95] although Martin refrained from making any direct adaptations. 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.

The storylines are to converge again, but finding the turning point in this complex series has been difficult for Martin and has slowed down his writing. In the south, Joffrey, the heir apparent, rules in name only, victim of the scheming courtiers who teem over King’s Landing. Bantam Books published A Storm of Swords in a single volume in the United States in November 2000, [16] whereas some other-language editions were divided into two, three, or even four volumes. The Winds of Winter will resolve the cliffhangers from A Dance with Dragons early on and "will open with the two big battles that [the fifth book] was building up to, the battle in the ice and the battle [.

At its point of publication in July 2011, A Dance with Dragons was in its sixth print with more than 650,000 hardbacks in print. The series' popularity skyrocketed in subsequent volumes, [24] with the second and third volumes making The New York Times Best Seller lists in 1999 [40] and 2000, [42] respectively. Her dragon Drogon burns down the House of the Undying, sparking the enmity of the Qartheen and encouraging Daenerys to leave the city.Martin wanted to set this story five years after A Storm of Swords so that the younger characters could grow older and the dragons grow larger. Two great leaders—Lord Eddard Stark and Robert Baratheon—who held sway over an age of enforced peace are dead . Tywin reluctantly emerges from Harrenhal and attempts to pass the fords near Riverrun, where he is stopped by Edmure Tully, Catelyn's brother and the infirm Lord Hoster's heir. 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.

Since the events on the Iron Islands were to have an impact in the book and could not be told with existing POV characters, Martin eventually introduced three new viewpoints. Daenerys, the exiled last heir of the former ruling family, nurtures three dragons and seeks a way home. Theon Greyjoy leads a small force of ironmen north and captures Winterfell, taking Bran and Rickon Stark captive. A Feast for Crows has a 63-page list of characters, [10] with many of the thousands of characters mentioned only in passing [51] or disappearing from view for long stretches.A long prologue was to establish what had happened in the meantime, initially just as one chapter of Aeron Damphair on the Iron Islands at the Kingsmoot. Martin found that some characters had minds of their own and took his writing in different directions. A Clash of Kings was the first book of the A Song of Ice and Fire series to make the best-seller lists, [27] reaching 13 on The New York Times Best Seller list in 1999. 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. This painting by Richard Burchett portrays Edward IV demanding that his defeated enemies be taken from Tewkesbury Abbey.

The book would pick up the story immediately after the third book, and Martin scrapped the idea of a five-year gap. The first two murders he carries out without question; in lieu of the third choice, Arya leverages H'ghar to help her slay the Lannister soldiers guarding Robett Glover, who had been taken prisoner by the Brave Companions.The publication of A Game of Thrones caused Martin's following to grow, with fan sites springing up and a Trekkie-like society of followers evolving that meet regularly. Martin said in March 2012 that the final two novels will take readers farther north than any of the previous books, and that the Others will appear. Martin aims to "make my characters real and to make them human, characters who have good and bad, noble and selfish well-mixed in their natures". 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. In 2001, Martin was still optimistic that the fourth installment might be released in the last quarter of 2002.

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