Available only on Apple Books, this enhanced edition is an amazing way to explore the rich world of George R. R. Martin’s series. Stay on top of the epic story lines with annotations, glossaries, and family trees. Follow each main character’s journey with interactive maps. Explore the symbolism of every house’s sigil. In addition to hundreds of enhancements, you’ll find an excerpt of The Winds of Winter, the hugely anticipated sixth book in Martin’s series.
Here is the third volume in George R. R. Martin’s magnificent cycle, which is destined to stand as one of the great achievements of imaginative fiction.
Of the five contenders for power, one is dead, another in disfavor, and still the wars rage as violently as ever, as alliances are made and broken. Joffrey, of House Lannister, sits on the Iron Throne, the uneasy ruler of the land of the Seven Kingdoms. His most bitter rival, Lord Stannis, stands defeated and disgraced, the victim of the jealous sorceress who holds him in her evil thrall. But young Robb, of House Stark, still rules the North from the fortress of Riverrun. Robb plots against his despised Lannister enemies, even as they hold his sister hostage at King’s Landing, the seat of the Iron Throne. Meanwhile, making her way across a blood-drenched continent is the exiled queen, Daenerys, mistress of the only three dragons still left in the world. . .
But as opposing forces maneuver for the final titanic showdown, an army of barbaric wildlings arrives from the outermost line of civilization. In their vanguard is a horde of mythical Others—a supernatural army of the living dead whose animated corpses are unstoppable. As the future of the land hangs in the balance, no one will rest until the Seven Kingdoms have exploded in a veritable storm of swords.
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This enhanced edition is much worse than the previous books.
I was a super casual GoT fan for a while, but being a fantasy dork with some extra time, I decided to read the series. The first two enhanced editions are awesome! Helpful information, plenty of maps and info. I like having visuals - family trees, crests, maps, pictures. These were just the right amount of “enhanced”, even if a few descriptions were pretty useless- i.e. a character name link. The link would say “X is a member of house Y, a vassal to house Z. X is known for (insert random feature here).” And the very next sentence would be “X, a member of house Y, was known for his (insert random feature here).” Ok, cool, whatever.
This one, I’m not even through the prologue and there’s a major issue - it spoils the end of the prologue! Character’s links and bios describe the character AND reveal whether they did or did not survive an attack that hadn’t happened yet! The war horns being blown like they are isn’t even surprising, and reading through the end of it isn’t suspenseful, since I already found out who lives and dies! This is a huge oversight that I cannot believe was submitted like this.
There are also several spelling and grammatical issues so far. Like I said, haven’t even finished the prologue. I’m hoping the rest of the enhanced edition of book 3 isn’t like the prologue, but if it is I won’t be purchasing any more, despite my love for the first two.
If you're a real GoT fan who's cool with not getting the hard copy in a store--this is your edition. Watched series before and reading now, interactive features are super cool tidbits real GoT fans can nerd out on. Well done