By George R. R. Martin
Dubbed “the American Tolkien” via Time magazine, George R. R. Martin has earned overseas popularity of his huge cycle of epic delusion. Now the number one New York Times bestselling writer grants the 5th booklet in his spellbinding landmark series--as either commonplace faces and unbelievable new forces vie for a foothold in a fragmented empire.
In the aftermath of a substantial conflict, the way forward for the Seven Kingdoms hangs within the stability as soon as again--beset via newly rising threats from each path. within the east, Daenerys Targaryen, the final scion of apartment Targaryen, ideas together with her 3 dragons as queen of a urban equipped on dirt and loss of life. 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 wholly various objective in mind.
To the north lies the substantial 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 additionally past, within the land of the creatures of ice.
And from all corners, sour conflicts quickly reignite, intimate betrayals are perpetrated, and a grand solid of outlaws and monks, squaddies and skinchangers, nobles and slaves, will face likely insurmountable stumbling blocks. a few will fail, others will develop within the energy 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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Outside, strange voices were speaking in a tongue he did not know. Someone started pounding on the top of the cask and the lid cracked open suddenly. Light came flooding in, and cool air as well. Tyrion gasped greedily and tried to stand, but only managed to knock the cask over sideways and spill himself out onto a hard-packed earthen floor. Above him loomed a grotesque fat man with a forked yellow beard, holding a wooden mallet and an iron chisel. His bedrobe was large enough to serve as a tourney pavilion, but its loosely knotted belt had come undone, exposing a huge white belly and a pair of heavy breasts that sagged like sacks of suet covered with coarse yellow hair.
One of her royal forebears had said that, once. Some Aegon, but which one? Five Aegons had ruled the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros. There would have been a sixth, but the Usurper’s dogs had murdered her brother’s son when he was still a babe at the breast. If he had lived, I might have married him. Aegon would have been closer to my age than Viserys. Dany had only been conceived when Aegon and his sister were murdered. Their father, her brother Rhaegar, perished even earlier, slain by the Usurper on the Trident.
The words were on his tongue, but somehow never passed his lips. She is not Shae, the dwarf told himself, only some little fool who thinks I play at riddles. If truth be told, even her cunt did not interest him much. I must be sick, or dead. “You mentioned a bath? ” As he bathed, the girl washed his feet, scrubbed his back, and brushed his hair. Afterward she rubbed sweet-smelling ointment into his calves to ease the aches, and dressed him once again in boy’s clothing, a musty pair of burgundy breeches and a blue velvet doublet lined with cloth-of-gold.