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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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Jon follows the footsteps of his uncle Benjen Stark and joins the Watch at a young age, rising quickly through the ranks. H'ghar gives gives Arya a mysterious iron coin and tells her to find him in Braavos if she should ever desire to learn his secrets. Martin chose A Song of Ice and Fire as the overall series title: Martin saw the struggle of the cold Others and the fiery dragons as one possible meaning for "Ice and Fire", whereas the word "song" had previously appeared in Martin's book titles A Song for Lya and Songs the Dead Men Sing, stemming from his obsessions with songs. His imagined backstory remains subject to change until published, and only the novels count as canon. Catelyn Stark, who has journeyed south to discuss a possible alliance against the Lannisters, also accompanies Renly.

Martin explores the questions of redemption and character change in the A Song of Ice and Fire series.The Wheel of Timeauthor Robert Jordan had written a short endorsement for the cover that was influential in ensuring the book's and hence series' early success with fantasy readers. Early during the development of the TV series, Martin told major plot points to producers David Benioff and D. Modern fantasy may often embrace strangeness, but A Song of Ice and Fire series is generally praised for what is perceived as a sort of medieval realism.

In the third book, the War of the Five Kings escalates and famously includes the Red Wedding (which on Game of Thrones, almost included Martin himself) .

Martin also named Robert Frost's 1920 poem " Fire and Ice" and cultural associations such as passion versus betrayal as possible influences for the series' title.

An assassin hired by the warlocks attempts to kill Daenerys in the city's harbor, but it is thwarted by the arrival of two strangers: a fat warrior named Strong Belwas and his squire, an old but hale warrior named Arstan Whitebeard.Time magazine named Martin one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2011, [53] and USA Today named George R. In February 2016, Martin stated that he dropped all his editing projects except for Wild Cards, and that he would not be writing any teleplays, screenplays, short stories, introductions or forewords before delivering The Winds of Winter. With his stated goal of telling the story from beginning to end, he will not truncate the story to fit into an arbitrary number of volumes. Now, 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 through tempest, turmoil, and war.

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