A Game of Thrones

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Bantam Books, 1996 - Fiction - 694 pages
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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.
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 throne; 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.

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The Lannisters are true villians that you grow to hate. - LibraryThing

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An epic fantasy. Truly. It is a wonderful thing to be entirely immersed. But a word of warning, you will need to invest your time and quite a bit of patience in order to understand what on earth is going on. These are monstrous books. Read full review

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Have watched the show up to series 4 and decided to listen to the audio version of the book. I was absolutely amazed how the screenwriters not only took all the relevant bits out of the book but added ... Read full review

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George R. R. Martinis 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). 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.

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