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A Game of Thrones Bk. 1 by George R. R. Martin (1996, Hardcover)

George R.R. Martin | ISBN-10: 0553103547 | ISBN-13: 9780553103540
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A NEW ORIGINAL SERIES, NOW ON HBO. From a master of contemporary fantasy comes the first novel of a landmark series unlike any you've ever read before. With A Game of Thrones, George R. R. Martin has launched a genuine masterpiece, bringing together the best the genre has to offer. Mystery, intrigue, romance, and adventure fill the pages of this magnificent saga, the first volume in an epic series sure to delight fantasy fans everywhere. A GAME OF THRONES A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE: BOOK ONE 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 forces are massing beyond the kingdom's protective Wall. To the south, the king's powers are failing-his most trusted adviser dead under mysterious circumstances and his enemies emerging from the shadows of the throne. At the center of the conflict lie the Starks of Winterfell, a family as harsh and unyielding as the frozen land they were born to. Now Lord Eddard Stark is reluctantly summoned to serve as the king's new Hand, an appointment that threatens to sunder not only his family but the kingdom itself. Sweeping from a harsh land of cold to a summertime kingdom of epicurean plenty, A Game of Thrones tells 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 thro≠ a child is lost in the twilight between life and death; and a determined woman undertakes a treacherous journey to protect all she holds dear. Amid plots and counter-plots, tragedy and betrayal, victory and terror, allies and enemies, the fate of the Starks hangs perilously in the balance, as each side endeavors to win that deadliest of conflicts: the game of thrones. Unparalleled in scope and execution, A Game of Thrones is one of those rare reading experiences that catch you up from the opening pages, won't let you go until the end, and leave you yearning for more.

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... more � 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.

Now available in a specially priced edition--the first volume in an epic series by a master of contemporary fantasy, filled with mystery, intrigue, romance, and adventure. Reissue.


Product Identifiers
ISBN-100553103547
ISBN-139780553103540

Key Details
AuthorGeorge R. R. Martin
Number Of Pages704 pages
SeriesSong of Ice and Fire Ser.
FormatHardcover
Publication Date1996-08-01
LanguageEnglish
PublisherRandom House Publishing Group

Additional Details
Series Volume NumberBk. 1

Dimensions
Weight38.1 Oz
Height1.7 In.
Width6.3 In.
Length9.5 In.

Target Audience
GroupTrade

Classification Method
LCCN95-043936
LC Classification NumberPS3563.A7239G36 1996
Dewey Decimal813/.54
Dewey Edition22

Reviews
"Grabs hold and won't let go. It's brilliant." -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 From the Trade Paperback edition.

"Grabs hold and won't let go. It's brilliant."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 From the Trade Paperback edition.

PRAISE FOR GEORGE R. R. MARTIN'S A Game of Thrones "Grabs hold and won't let go. It's brilliant."-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 Clash of Kings "A truly epic fantasy . . . bedazzled by swords and spells wielded to devastating effect . . . a banquet for fantasy lovers with large appetites."- Publishers Weekly (starred review) "Martin amply fulfills the first volume's promise and continues what seems destined to be one of the best fantasy series ever written."- The Denver Post "High fantasy with a vengeance." -The San Diego Union-Tribune A Storm of Swords "George R. R. Martin continues to take epic fantasy to new levels of insight and sophistication, resonant with the turmoils and stress of the world we call our own." -Locus "Riveting . . . a series whose brilliance continues to dazzle."- Patriot News A Feast for Crows "Of those who work in the grand epic-fantasy tradition, Martin is by far the best. In fact . . . this is as good a time as any to proclaim him the American Tolkien."- Time

PRAISE FOR GEORGE R. R. MARTIN’S A Game of Thrones “Grabs hold and won’t let go. It’s brilliant.”-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 Clash of Kings “A truly epic fantasy . . . bedazzled by swords and spells wielded to devastating effect . . . a banquet for fantasy lovers with large appetites.”- Publishers Weekly (starred review) “Martin amply fulfills the first volume’s promise and continues what seems destined to be one of the best fantasy series ever written.”- The Denver Post “High fantasy with a vengeance.” -The San Diego Union-Tribune A Storm of Swords “George R. R. Martin continues to take epic fantasy to new levels of insight and sophistication, resonant with the turmoils and stress of the world we call our own.” -Locus “Riveting . . . a series whose brilliance continues to dazzle.”- Patriot News A Feast for Crows “Of those who work in the grand epic-fantasy tradition, Martin is by far the best. In fact . . . this is as good a time as any to proclaim him the American Tolkien.”- Time


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Created: 12/01/05

Bloodthirsty fantasy of the highest order

I have always had a soft spot for fantasy, and up until reading this and its sequels I would have cited "Lord of the Rings" as my favourite, many other fantasy novels being highly derivative. In fact over the last few years I had grown tired of trying to find stimulating new fantasy fiction, and believe me I've been through the majority of authors in this genre. There are standouts (Raymond Feist's "Magician" for example) but precious few that are a genuine breath of fresh air. So when someone recommended this series to me in a second hand bookshop I was sceptical but picked up a secondhand copy anyway. Within an hour I was hooked, and friends who I've subsequently recommended the books to have all become hooked as well.
I don't want to go into a synopsis, so I'll just say that when George R R Martin writes about knights and maesters, castles and medieval warfare, tournaments and kings he knows what he's talking about. This is a tale of the corruptive influence of battling for and maintaining supreme power and the frequently fatal risks involved in playing the game of thrones. And incidentally the tale of an outcast princess intent on returning to her father's throne. Oh, and a 800foot high wall built across the North of the kingdom. Now why would someone build that, I wonder?
A Guardian review states "...characters so venomous they could eat the Borgias". You'd BETTER believe it. Utterly compelling.

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