- Publisher: Random House Inc
- Format: Paperback | 864 pages
- Dimensions: 107mm x 173mm x 38mm | 318g
- Publication date: 22 March 2011
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 0553593714
- ISBN 13: 9780553593716
- Edition: Media tie-in
- Edition statement: Media Tie In, Reprint
- Sales rank: 840
A NEW ORIGINAL SERIES, NOW ON HBO. Here is the first volume in George R. R. Martin s magnificent cycle of novels that includes "A Clash of Kings" 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 s stunning series is destined to stand as one of the great achievements of imaginative fiction. A GAME OF THRONES Long ago, in a time forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons out of balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. The cold is returning, and in the frozen wastes to the north of Winterfell, sinister and supernatural forces are massing beyond the kingdom s protective Wall. At the center of the conflict lie the Starks of Winterfell, a family as harsh and unyielding as the land they were born to. Sweeping from a land of brutal cold to a distant summertime kingdom of epicurean plenty, here is a tale of lords and ladies, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and bastards, who come together in a time of grim omens. Here an enigmatic band of warriors bear swords of no human metal; a tribe of fierce wildlings carry men off into madness; a cruel young dragon prince barters his sister to win back his throne; and a determined woman undertakes the most treacherous of journeys. Amid plots and counterplots, tragedy and betrayal, victory and terror, the fate of the Starks, their allies, and their enemies hangs perilously in the balance, as each endeavors to win that deadliest of conflicts: the game of thrones."
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George R. R. Martin is the #1 "New York Times" bestselling author of many novels, including the acclaimed series A Song of Ice and Fire "A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, A Feast for Crows, "and" A Dance with Dragons" as well as "Tuf Voyaging, Fevre Dream, The Armageddon Rag, Dying of the Light, Windhaven" (with Lisa Tuttle), " "and" Dreamsongs Volumes I "and" II." He is also the creator of "The Lands of Ice and Fire, " a collection of maps from A Song of Ice and Fire featuring original artwork from illustrator and cartographer Jonathan Roberts, and "The World of Ice & Fire" (with Elio M. Garcia, Jr., and Linda Antonsson). He lives with the lovely Parris in Santa Fe, New Mexico. "From the Trade Paperback edition.""
By joel 30 Oct 2011
Best book ever.
"The major fantasy of the decade . . . compulsively readable." "Denver Post" "We have been invited to a grand feast and pageant: George R.R. Martin has unveiled for us an intensely realized, romantic but realistic world." "Chicago Sun-Times" "A Best Book of 1996: Martin makes a triumphant return to high fantasy . . . [with] superbly developed characters, accomplished prose, and sheer bloodymindedness." "Publishers Weekly," starred review "A splendid saga . . . . Inventive and intricately plotted." "BookPage" "Magic . . . George R.R.Martin's first fantasy epic [is set] well above the norms of the genre." "Locus" "Such a splendid tale and such a fantasticorical! I read my eyes out and couldn't stop 'til I finished and it was dawn." Anne McCaffrey"
"A Game of Thrones is a contemporary masterpiece of fantasy. The cold is returning to Winterfell, where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime. A time of conflict has arisen in the Stark family, as they are pulled from the safety of their home into a whirlpool of tragedy, betrayal, assassination, plots and counterplots. Each decision and action carries with it the potential for conflict as several prominent families, comprised of lords, ladies, soldiers, sorcerers, assassins and bastards, are pulled together in the most deadly game of all--the game of thrones.