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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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Martin attributed the delay mainly to his untangling "the Meereenese knot", which the interviewer understood as "making the chronology and characters mesh up as various threads converged on [Daenerys]".

The story follows her year-long conflict with the region's city states, in which she aims to consolidate power, disrupt the Essosi slave trade, and gather support for her ambitions to reclaim Westeros. I thought Robb was making his way south to put an end to the siege of Riverrun and to defend the riverlands from the Lannister army.The success is all the more remarkable because [the series debuted] without mass market publicity or any kind of buzz in the fantasy/SF scene. The book would pick up the story immediately after the third book, and Martin scrapped the idea of a five-year gap. In 2001, Martin was still optimistic that the fourth installment might be released in the last quarter of 2002.

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. 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. The two Baratheon brothers–Renley and Stannis–are both making claims to their dead brother’s throne but instead of uniting together as one front, they are battling each other.The Tales of Dunk and Egg series, three novellas set 90 years before the events of the novel series, feature the adventures of Ser Duncan the Tall and his squire "Egg", who later became King Aegon V Targaryen. During this period of instability, two of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros attempt to become independent from the Iron Throne: Eddard's eldest son Robb is proclaimed King in the North, while Lord Balon Greyjoy desires to recover the sovereignty of his region, the Iron Islands.

The first book was marketed as part of the " Song of Ice and Fire trilogy" in 1996, but by the second book's release, the "trilogy" suffix had been dropped and the series was retitled to A Song of Ice and Fire. The series' structure of multiple POVs and interwoven storylines was inspired by Wild Cards, a multi-authored shared universe book series edited by Martin since 1985. During the Guadalajara International Book Fair in Mexico in early December 2016, Martin offered the following hint as to the tone of this book: "There are a lot of dark chapters right now . She goes to the House of the Undying to form an alliance with its powerful warlocks, but instead she is shown confusing and disturbing images.Writing process [ edit ] A Song of Ice and Fire series was partly inspired by the Wars of the Roses, a series of dynastic civil wars for the throne of England. Above all, the books were extremely unpredictable, especially in a genre where readers have come to expect the intensely predictable. The viewpoint characters, who serve as unreliable narrators, [22] may clarify or provide different perspectives on past events. It was first published on 16 November 1998 in the United Kingdom, although the first United States edition did not follow until March 1999.

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