The scarcest of the numbered books in the Song of Ice and Fire (a.k.a. Game of Thrones), limited to just 448 copies. Illustrated by John Howe, with maps and sigils by Charles Keegan. Signed and numbered on the limitation page by Martin, Howe, and Keegan. First edition (first printing). Still sealed in the publisher's shrinkwrap! A very fine copy in a very fine dust jacket (please note, we use the term very fine very sparingly). Signed by Martin and the illustrators. Bookseller Inventory #
Synopsis: A comet the color of blood and flame cuts across the sky. Two great leaders—Lord Eddard Stark and Robert Baratheon—who hold sway over an age of enforced peace are dead, victims of royal treachery. Now, from the ancient citadel of Dragonstone to the forbidding shores of Winterfell, chaos reigns. Six factions struggle for control of a divided land and the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms, preparing to stake their claims through tempest, turmoil, and war.
It is a tale in which brother plots against brother and the dead rise to walk in the night. Here a princess masquerades as an orphan boy; a knight of the mind prepares a poison for a treacherous sorceress; and wild men descend from the Mountains of the Moon to ravage the countryside. Against a backdrop of incest and fratricide, alchemy and murder, victory may go to the men and women possessed of the coldest steel...and the coldest hearts. For when kings clash, the whole land trembles.
Here is the second volume in George R.R. Martin magnificent cycle of novels that includes A Game of Thrones and A Storm of Swords. As a whole, this series comprises a genuine masterpiece of modern fantasy, bringing together the best the genre has to offer. Magic, mystery, intrigue, romance, and adventure fill these pages and transport us to a world unlike any we have ever experienced. Already hailed as a classic, George R.R. Martin stunning series is destined to stand as one of the great achievements of imaginative fiction.
Review: How does he do it? George R.R. Martin's high fantasy weaves a spell sufficient to seduce even those who vowed never to start a doorstopper fantasy series again (the first book--A Game of Thrones--runs over 700 pages). A Clash of Kings is longer and even more grim, but Martin continues to provide compelling characters in a vividly real world.
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.
Sound complicated? It is, but fine writing makes this a thoroughly satisfying stew of dark magic, complex political intrigue, and horrific bloodshed. --Nona Vero
Title: A Clash of Kings [Limited Edition]
Publisher: Meisha Merlin
Publication Date: 2004
Book Condition: Fine
Edition: First Edition.
Book Description Meisha Merlin Publishing, Inc, Atlanta, 2003. Hardcover. Illustrated by Howe, John (illustrator). First Edition. Edition limited to 448 numbered copies. Signed by George R. R. Martin, John Howe, and Charles Keegan on the limitation page. 892pp. Maroon cloth lettered in gold on the spine panel, top edge gilt, map endpapers. Illustrations by John Howe, sigils and maps by Charles Keegan. A bright, fine copy in fine dustjacket. In the original cloth slipcase also in fine condition with a couple of minor creases to cloth. ; Octavo; Signed by Author & Illustrator. Bookseller Inventory # 28725
Book Description Meisha Merlin. Book Condition: neuwertig. Sprache: englisch Hardcover mit Schuber ,original shrinkwrapped, No 196 of 448, Bookseller Inventory # 200242