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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
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: thegame of thrones.
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