A Game of Thrones - (Song of Ice and Fire) by George R R Martin

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Dimensions (Overall): 9.2 Inches (H) x 6.5 Inches (W) x 1.7 Inches (D)
Weight: 2.4 Pounds
Suggested Age: 22 Years and Up
Number of Pages: 704
Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres
Sub-Genre: Fantasy
Series Title: Song of Ice and Fire
Publisher: Bantam
Format: Hardcover
Author: George R R Martin
Language: English
Street Date: August 1, 1996
TCIN: 11460079
UPC: 9780553103540
Item Number (DPCI): 248-03-2302
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported


About the Book

The first novel in a brand-new epic fantasy trilogy by the author of Fevre Dream and The Armageddon Rag. Long ago, a mysterious event threw the seasons out of balance. The golden summers go on for years, only to be followed by cruel winters that can last a generation. As the kingdom of the north is assailed by rival houses from the south, a greater danger threatens--the un-earthly demons of legend--the Neverborn--rise up to wreak havoc.

Book Synopsis


Winter is coming. Such is the stern motto of House Stark, the northernmost of the fiefdoms that owe allegiance to King Robert Baratheon in far-off King's Landing. There Eddard Stark of Winterfell rules in Robert's name. There his family dwells in peace and comfort: his proud wife, Catelyn; his sons Robb, Brandon, and Rickon; his daughters Sansa and Arya; and his bastard son, Jon Snow. Far to the north, behind the towering Wall, lie savage Wildings and worse--unnatural things relegated to myth during the centuries-long summer, but proving all too real and all too deadly in the turning of the season.

Yet a more immediate threat lurks to the south, where Jon Arryn, the Hand of the King, has died under mysterious circumstances. Now Robert is riding north to Winterfell, bringing his queen, the lovely but cold Cersei, his son, the cruel, vainglorious Prince Joffrey, and the queen's brothers Jaime and Tyrion of the powerful and wealthy House Lannister--the first a swordsman without equal, the second a dwarf whose stunted stature belies a brilliant mind. All are heading for Winterfell and a fateful encounter that will change the course of kingdoms.

Meanwhile, across the Narrow Sea, Prince Viserys, heir of the fallen House Targaryen, which once ruled all of Westeros, schemes to reclaim the throne with an army of barbarian Dothraki--whose loyalty he will purchase in the only coin left to him: his beautiful yet innocent sister, Daenerys.

From the Back Cover

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 advisor 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 wildings 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 counterplots, 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.

Review Quotes


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

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.
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GOT - 4 months ago, Verified purchaser
will love reading them all
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Whats more to want?

5 out of 5 stars
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Trooperman - 5 months ago, Verified purchaser
Selected paperback and got all 5 books brand new! Cant really ask for more than that
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Mass Market Books

3 out of 5 stars
Kira - 6 months ago, Verified purchaser
They were delivered in good condition just didn't expect them to be the mass market books unless you like small print.
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Great price

5 out of 5 stars
Would recommend
Bryn - 2 years ago, Verified purchaser
The books I received were exactly as shown in the photo. I haven’t read them but the quality of the physical books is good. They have a shine to the cover not matte like other paperbacks. I think if you read these each a few times with proper care I believe they would maintain a decent condition. And of course, this price cannot be beat!
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Mass Market Paperback...

3 out of 5 stars
Melissa - 2 years ago, Verified purchaser
Got the product and it’s in good condition the only issue is that it is NOT the paperback I thought it would be... this set is of the mass market GOT books, not regular paperback. The only difference is the mass market is smaller book sizes. I’m was initially annoyed but I can deal with it since I have pretty small hands and can handle the more compressed text. I’m just bothered that no where does it say that this set is the mass market box set... also this mass market set is actually pricier than compared to the other mass market sets available... the only reason I will be giving this product 3 stars is because the shipping was quick and the product came undamaged. Also because while not the GoT bookset I thought it was.... I did get a GoT bookset
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GOT fans will love the books

5 out of 5 stars
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Momoney - 2 years ago, Verified purchaser
I loved the show so decided to read the books... they’re so much more detailed and if you’re a GOT fan you’ll really enjoy the books. The chapters are relatively small and they’re from different characters POV which allows the readers to get inside the minds of characters which is something you can’t do with a tv show
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anonymous - 3 years ago
This is without doubt one of my most favorite series that I’ve read. Right up there with the lord of the rings. You have to be up for a long, complex reading if you consider buying these. I can’t wait until the winds of winter comes out!
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Page turners

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MsGail - 3 years ago, Verified purchaser
I enjoyed the TV series so much that I wanted to go even deeper. This stay at home order has given me the opportunity to binge read the book series. The books are genuine page turners!
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ec4target - 3 years ago, Verified purchaser
I haven’t read them yet. But can’t wait!
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Slightly damaged

3 out of 5 stars
RB12 - 3 years ago, Verified purchaser
My rating is based off of the physical condition of the book and not the contents of the book as I have not yet read it. The book is in slightly rough shape, however, I assume that is due to lack of staff during this time. The spine of the sleeve had a tear. There was a scratch on the front of the sleeve that also went through to the hard cover of the book. Lastly, there were a few pages in the middle of the book that weren’t cut properly and extended past the rest of the page, they were also slightly ripped at the bottom. A little disappointing receiving the book in this condition but I’m still very excited to read.
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