By George R. R. Martin
THE booklet in the back of THE FOURTH SEASON OF THE ACCLAIMED HBO sequence GAME OF THRONES
Few books have captivated the mind's eye and received the devotion and compliment of readers and critics in all places as has George R. R. Martin’s huge epic cycle of excessive fable. Now, in A ceremonial dinner for Crows, Martin supplies the long-awaited fourth ebook of his landmark sequence, as a state torn asunder unearths itself finally on the point of peace . . . purely to be introduced on a good extra terrifying process destruction.
A dinner party FOR CROWS
It turns out too stable to be actual. After centuries of sour strife and deadly treachery, the seven powers dividing the land have decimated each other into an uneasy truce. Or so it seems that. . . . With the loss of life of the sizeable King Joffrey, Cersei is ruling as regent in King’s touchdown. Robb Stark’s dying has damaged the again of the Northern rebels, and his siblings are scattered through the nation like seeds on barren soil. Few valid claims to the as soon as desperately sought Iron Throne nonetheless exist—or they're held in arms too susceptible or too far away to wield them successfully. The conflict, which raged uncontrolled for therefore lengthy, has burned itself out.
But as within the aftermath of any climactic fight, it's not lengthy sooner than the survivors, outlaws, renegades, and carrion eaters begin to assemble, identifying over the bones of the lifeless and battling for the spoils of the soon-to-be useless. Now within the Seven Kingdoms, because the human crows gather over a dinner party of ashes, bold new plots and hazardous new alliances are shaped, whereas spectacular faces—some popular, others merely simply appearing—are noticeable rising from an ominous twilight of earlier struggles and chaos to take in the demanding situations forward.
It is a time while the clever and the bold, the deceitful and the robust will collect the abilities, the ability, and the magic to outlive the stark and negative occasions that lie prior to them. it's a time for nobles and commoners, squaddies and sorcerers, assassins and sages to return jointly and stake their fortunes . . . and their lives. For at a ceremonial dinner for crows, many are the guests—but just a couple of are the survivors.
From the Hardcover edition.
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