By George R. R. Martin

Dubbed “the American Tolkien” by means of 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 offers the 5th e-book in his spellbinding landmark series--as either ordinary faces and amazing new forces vie for a foothold in a fragmented empire.

In the aftermath of a significant conflict, the way forward for the Seven Kingdoms hangs within the stability as soon as again--beset by way of newly rising threats from each path. within the east, Daenerys Targaryen, the final scion of apartment Targaryen, ideas along with her 3 dragons as queen of a urban equipped on airborne dirt and dust and demise. yet Daenerys has thrice 3 thousand enemies, and plenty of have got down to locate her. but, as they assemble, one younger guy embarks upon his personal quest for the queen, with a completely diverse aim in mind.

To the north lies the gigantic Wall of ice and stone--a constitution merely as robust as these guarding it. There, Jon Snow, 998th Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch, will face his maximum problem but. For he has strong foes not just in the Watch but in addition 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 clergymen, squaddies and skinchangers, nobles and slaves, will face likely insurmountable stumbling blocks. 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 necessarily to the best dance of all. . . .

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The whole village had taken to calling him Lump, the name his sister Meha had given him when he was still in their mother’s belly. Meha had given Bump his name as well, but Lump’s little brother had been born in his proper time, big and red and robust, sucking greedily at Mother’s teats. She was going to name him after Father. Bump died, though. He died when he was two and I was six, three days before his nameday. “Your little one is with the gods now,” the woods witch told his mother, as she wept.

A storm, he realized, or else I am even drunker than I knew. He retched the wine up and lay in it a while, wondering if the ship would sink. Is this your vengeance, Father? Has the Father Above made you his Hand? “Such are the wages of the kinslayer,” he said as the wind howled outside. It did not seem fair to drown the cabin boy and the captain and all the rest for something he had done, but when had the gods ever been fair? And around about then, the darkness gulped him down. When he stirred again, his head felt like to burst and the ship was spinning round in dizzy circles, though the captain was insisting that they’d come to port.

Your Bump has gone to join them. ” The old woman’s words had gone through Lump like a knife. Bump sees. He is watching me. He knows. Lump could not hide from him, could not slip behind his mother’s skirts or run off with the dogs to escape his father’s fury. The dogs. Loptail, Sniff, the Growler. They were good dogs. They were my friends. When his father found the dogs sniffing round Bump’s body, he had no way of knowing which had done it, so he took his axe to all three. His hands shook so badly that it took two blows to silence Sniff and four to put the Growler down.

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