A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire #1) (Mass Market)

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I’ve never been into Sci Fi, but my twin sister got me started on the
the Game of Thrones television show. I got through about three episodes
before I had to stop to read the book. I’m about halfway through now,
and I’m totally hooked. The characters are so dynamic and against each
other. There’s so much depth to the characters, their stories and the
kingdoms. It’s like crack — not that I’ve done that — but I just can’t
put the book down. I particularly like Tyrion. He’s played by Peter
Dinklage in the show. He stands in contrast to a lot of the other
characters. He’s witty and mindful of every action to make up for his
short stature. It’s just so compelling. No one can escape his or
her fate; ‘Winter is coming.’

— Sarah B

The show took over pop culture for nearly a decade, and even with the series incomplete, the books are still worth reading. Small moments in the show are given time and context, which highlights the story's depth. The politics, relationships, and worldbuilding in Westeros are unmatched by most other fantasy worlds. All of this in addition to Martin's rich prose make for a fantastic literary experience. Even if you skipped out on the whole GOT craze, it's not too late to give this book a shot.

— From Anthony Gaetjen

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NOW THE ACCLAIMED HBO SERIES GAME OF THRONES—THE MASTERPIECE THAT BECAME A CULTURAL PHENOMENON
 
Here is the first book in the landmark series that has redefined imaginative fiction and become a modern masterpiece.

A GAME OF THRONES
 
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. 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.
 
A GAME OF THRONES A CLASH OF KINGS A STORM OF SWORDS A FEAST FOR CROWS A DANCE WITH DRAGONS

About the Author


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. García, Jr., and Linda Antonsson). As a writer-producer, Martin has worked on The Twilight Zone, Beauty and the Beast, and various feature films and pilots that were never made. He lives with the lovely Parris in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Praise For…


“I always expect the best from George R. R. Martin, and he always delivers.”—Robert Jordan
 
“Reminiscent of T. H. White’s The Once and Future King, this novel is an absorbing combination of the mythic, the sweepingly historical, and the intensely personal.”Chicago Sun-Times

“A vast, rich saga, with splendid characters and an intricate plot flawlessly articulated against a backdrop of real depth and texture.”Kirkus Reviews
 
“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

“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


Product Details
ISBN: 9780553573404
ISBN-10: 0553573403
Publisher: Bantam
Publication Date: August 4th, 1997
Pages: 864
Language: English
Series: A Song of Ice and Fire