A Clash of Kings

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The Seven Kingdoms have come apart. Joffrey, Queen Cersei's sadistic son, ascends the Iron Throne following the death of Robert Baratheon, the Usurper, who won it in battle. Queen Cersei's family, the Lannisters, fight to hold it for him. Both the dour Stannis and the charismatic Renly Baratheon, Robert's brothers, also seek the throne. Robb Stark, declared King in the North, battles to avenge his father's execution and retrieve his sister from Joffrey's court. Daenerys, the exiled last heir of the former ruling family, nurtures three dragons and seeks a way home. Meanwhile the Night's Watch, sworn to protect the realm from dangers north of the Wall, dwindle in numbers, even as barbarian forces gather and beings out of legend stalk the Haunted Forest.


A Dance With Dragons

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In the aftermath of a colossal battle, the future of the Seven Kingdoms hangs in the balance—beset by newly emerging threats from every direction. In the east, Daenerys Targaryen, the last scion of House Targaryen, rules with her three dragons as queen of a city built on dust and death. But Daenerys has thousands of enemies, and many have set out to find her. As they gather, one young man embarks upon his own quest for the queen, with an entirely different goal in mind. Fleeing from Westeros with a price on his head, Tyrion Lannister, too, is making his way to Daenerys. But his newest allies in this quest are not the rag-tag band they seem, and at their heart lies one who could undo Daenerys’s claim to Westeros forever. Meanwhile, to the north lies the mammoth Wall of ice and stone—a structure only as strong as those guarding it. There, Jon Snow, 998th Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch, will face his greatest challenge. For he has powerful foes not only within the Watch but also…


A Feast for Crows

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Long-awaited doesn't begin to describe this fourth installment in bestseller Martin's staggeringly epic Song of Ice and Fire. Speculation has run rampant since the previous entry, A Storm of Swords, appeared in 2000, and Feast teases at the important questions but offers few solid answers. As the book begins, Brienne of Tarth is looking for Lady Catelyn's daughters, Queen Cersei is losing her mind and Arya Stark is training with the Faceless Men of Braavos; all three wind up in cliffhangers that would do justice to any soap opera. Meanwhile, other familiar faces—notably Jon Snow, Tyrion Lannister and Daenerys Targaryen—are glaringly absent though promised to return in book five. Martin's Web site explains that Feast and the forthcoming A Dance of Dragons were written as one book and split after they grew too big for one volume, and it shows. This is not Act I Scene 4 but Act II Scene 1, laying groundwork more than advancing the plot, and it sorely misses its other half. The slim pickings…


A game of thrones

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In a world where the approaching winter will last four decades, kings and queens, knights and renegades struggle for control of a throne. Some fight with sword and mace, others with magic and poison. Beyond the Wall to the north, meanwhile, the Others are preparing their army of the dead to march south as the warmth of summer drains from the land. After more than a decade devoted primarily to TV and screen work, Martin (The Armageddon Rag, 1983) makes a triumphant return to high fantasy with this extraordinarily rich new novel, the first of a trilogy. Although conventional in form, the book stands out from similar work by Eddings, Brooks and others by virtue of its superbly developed characters, accomplished prose and sheer bloody-mindedness. Although the romance of chivalry is central to the culture of the Seven Kingdoms, and tournaments, derring-do and handsome knights abound, these trappings merely give cover to dangerous men and women who will stop at nothing to achieve their goals.…


A Storm of Swords

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The third volume of the high fantasy saga that began with A Game of Thrones and continued in A Clash of Kings is one of the more rewarding examples of gigantism in contemporary fantasy. As Martin's richly imagined world slides closer to its 10-year winter, both the weather and the warfare worsen. In the north, King Joffrey of House Lannister sits uneasily on the Iron Throne. With the aid of a peasant wench, Jaime Lannister, the Kingslayer, escapes from jail in Riverrun. Jaime goes to the other youthful ruler, Robb Stark, to secure the release of Joffrey's prisoners, Robb's sisters Arya and Sansa Stark. Meanwhile, in the south, Queen Daenarys tries to assert her claim to the various thrones with an army of eunuchs, but discovers that she must choose between conquering more and ruling well what she has already taken. The complexity of characters such as Daenarys, Arya and the Kingslayer will keep readers turning even the vast number of pages contained in this volume, for the author, like…





De strijd der koningen

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Sinds de dood van koning Robert worden de opvolgingstwisten om de IJzeren Troon steeds feller voort. Zo schuwt Roberts oudste broer geen middel om zijn aanspraken te bekrachtigen, van zwarte magie tot broedermoord. Vooralsnog zonder resultaat. Duidelijk is dat koningin Cersei alles op alles zal zetten om te heersen tot Roberts zoon volwassen is. Een hele opgave. Want terwijl de vijand oprukt naar de hoofdstad, heeft Cersei haar handen vol aan de vele hofintriges. Daarbij is niet duidelijk wat de geslepen en altijd manipulerende kobold Tyrion Lannister precies in zijn schuld voert. De Noordlanden, waar als vanouds de Starks heersen, hebben intussen eigenmachtig een koning benoemd, Robb Stark. Met zijn legers trekt hij op tegen de perfide Lannisters om de moord op zijn vader te wreken. Maar daarbij blijft zijn erfgoed vrijwel onverdedigd achter, open voor een verrassingsaanval…




Down These Strange Streets

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All new strange cases of death and magic in the city by some of the biggest names in urban fantasy.  In this all-new collection of urban fantasy stories, editors George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois explore the places where mystery waits at the end of every alley and where the things that go bump in the night have something to fear...  Includes stories by New York Times bestselling authors Charlaine Harris, Patricia Briggs, Diana Gabaldon, Simon R. Green, S. M. Stirling, and Carrie Vaughn, as well as tales by Glen Cook, Bradley Denton, M.L.N. Hanover, Conn Iggulden, Laurie R. King, Joe R. Lansdale, John Maddox Roberts, Steven Saylor, Melinda Snodgrass, and Lisa Tuttle.


Een feestmaal voor kraaien

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In de Zeven Koninkrijken is alles en iedereen in afwachting van de verschrikkelijkste oorlog die het land ooit trof. Immers, de Oorlog van de Vijf Koningen heeft Westeros verdeeld. De bloeddorstige en verraderlijke Lannisters houden nu de ijzeren Troon bezet, daarbij gesteund door bondgenoten die net zo meedogenloos zijn als zijzelf. Maar ook elders broeien de gemoederen.


Federations

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From Star Trek to Star Wars, from Dune to Foundation, science fiction has a rich history of exploring the idea of vast intergalactic societies, and the challenges facing those living in or trying to manage such societies. The stories in Federations will continue that tradition. What are the social/religious/environmental/technological implications of living in such a vast society? What happens when expansionist tendencies on a galactic scale come into conflict with the indigenous peoples of other planets, of other races? And what of the issue of communicating across such distances, or the problems caused by relativistic travel? These are just some of the questions and issues that the stories in Federations will take on.



Il battello del delirio

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Fiume Mississippi, 1857. Il ghiaccio di un gelido inverno ha appena distrutto la flotta commerciale del Capitano Abner Marsh. Privo di assicurazione, il vecchio armatore si ritrova solo, in bancarotta, disperato. Ma ecco che, inaspettatamente, un bizzarro straniero di nome Joshua York si offre di rilevare la metà della sua compagnia di navigazione in rovina, mettendo sul piatto una cifra spropositata. Ma non è tutto. York intende investire il proprio denaro nella costruzione del battello più lussuoso, più bello e soprattutto più veloce che abbia mai solcato le torbide acque del Mississippi, e per di più ne offre il comando al Capitano Marsh. L’unica condizione posta da York è semplice: gli ordini da lui impartiti saranno pochi, ma per quanto strani o assurdi possano sembrare, ogni qual volta verranno emanati, Marsh dovrà assicurarsi che essi vengano eseguiti alla lettera, senza fare domande. E così il nuovo gioiello del fiume, battezzato “Fevre Dream”, inizia il suo viaggio.…


Il dominio della regina

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Tutto sembra andare per il meglio. La guerra dei Cinque re ha finalmente raggiunto una conclusione. La Casa Lannister e i suoi alleati appaiono vincitori. Eppure, nei Sette Regni, qualcosa ancora si agita… Dopo la morte dell’infame re Joffrey, sua madre Cersei domina su Approdo del Re come reggente. La fine di Robb Stark ha spezzato le reni ai ribelli del Nord. Quanto ai suoi fratelli e sorelle, sono dispersi nel reame come semi gettati su una terra desolata. Poche, sia pure legittime pretese al Trono di Spade — un tempo feroce oggetto delle brame di molti — si ostinano a esistere, però coloro i quali le accampano sono troppo deboli o troppo lontani perché i loro diritti vengano riconosciuti. Ma, come sempre accade nella scia di ogni scontro feroce, non trascorre molto tempo perché i superstiti, i fuorilegge, i rinnegati e gli sciacalli comincino a radunarsi, spolpando le ossa dei morti e azzannandosi gli uni con gli altri per la carne dei morenti. Ora, nei Sette Regni, mentre…


Il regno dei lupi

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Nel terzo capitolo della saga delle “Cronache del ghiaccio e del fuoco” una rossa cometa apparsa nel cielo dei Sette Regni sembra annunciare tremende sciagure. La lunga estate dell'abbondanza sta per finire, mentre quattro pretendenti, in aperta guerra gli uni contro gli altri, si contendono il Trono di Spade.


Il trono di spade

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In una terra fuori dal mondo, dove le estati e gli inverni possono durare intere generazioni, sta per esplodere un immane conflitto. Sul Trono di Spade, nel Sud caldo e opulento, siede Robert Baratheon. L’ha conquistato dopo una guerra sanguinosa, togliendolo all’ultimo, folle re della dinastia Targaryen, i signori dei draghi. Ma il suo potere è ora minacciato: all’estremo Nord la Barriera — una muraglia eretta per difendere il regno da animali primordiali e, soprattutto, dagli Estranei — sembra vacillare. Si dice che gli Estranei siano scomparsi da secoli. Ma se è vero, chi sono quegli esseri con gli occhi così innaturalmente azzurri e gelidi, nascosti tra le ombre delle foreste, che rubano la vita o il sonno a chi ha la mala di incontrarli?