Harper Voyager: Paperback published 1998: 873 pages
The price of glory.
From the ancient citadel of Dragonstone to the forbidding shores of Winterfell, chaos reigns as pretenders to the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms prepare to stake their claims. As a prophecy of doom cuts across the sky – a comet the colour of blood and flame – five factions struggle for control of a divided land. Against a backdrop of incest and fratricide, alchemy and murder, the price of glory is measured in blood.
I will warn you now – there is no escaping how awesome this series is. If you’re a fantasy writer, just avoid writing whilst you read these as you will inevitably feel inadequate. If you’re a socialite, just accept you will become a hermit for the entire series. Whatever you’re doing, stop right now. Go and read this series. Immediately. In fact, I will not even write a review for it because that means you might find an excuse not to read it. Just go and read it. Go, go, go!
Next book: I can only express the sorrow I have at not owning the next book in this series. Instead, I am indulging in some lighthearted Neil Gaiman – Stardust. After the intensity of A Clash of Kings, I think I need a break!