Format: Audio Book (CD)
Dimensions: 2.3 × 2.01 × 0.98 in
Published: April 12, 2011
Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0307913090
ISBN - 13: 9780307913098
About the Book
In this absorbing tale, a long-ago event has thrown the seasons into disarray, and the royal house of Starks has a motto befitting the kingdom's volatile conditions: "Winter is coming," Prophetically, it becomes a metaphor for the horrors that could consign the kingdom to the darkest moment in its history.
Read from the Book
The morning had dawned clear and cold, with a crispness that hinted at the end of summer. They set forth at daybreak to see a man beheaded, twenty in all, and Bran rode among them, nervous with excitement. This was the first time he had been deemed old enough to go with his lord father and his brothers to see the king''s justice done. It was the ninth year of summer, and the seventh of Bran''s life. The man had been taken outside a small holdfast in the hills. Robb thought he was a wildling, his sword sworn to Mance Rayder, the King-beyond-the-Wall. It made Bran''s skin prickle to think of it. He remembered the hearth tales Old Nan told them. The wildlings were cruel men, she said, slavers and slayers and thieves. They consorted with giants and ghouls, stole girl children in the dead of night, and drank blood from polished horns. And their women lay with the Others in the Long Night to sire terrible half-human children. But the man they found bound hand and foot to the holdfast wall awaiting the king''s justice was old and scrawny, not much taller than Robb. He had lost both ears and a finger to frostbite, and he dressed all in black, the same as a brother of the Night''s Watch, except that his furs were ragged and greasy. The breath of man and horse mingled, steaming, in the cold morning air as his lord father had the man cut down from the wall and dragged before them. Robb and Jon sat tall and still on their horses, with Bran between them on his pony, trying to seem older t
From the Publisher
A NEW ORIGINAL SERIES, NOW ON HBO.
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: the game of thrones.
From the Paperback edition.
About the Author
George R.R. Martin sold his first story in 1971
and has been writing professionally since then. He spent ten years
in Hollywood as a writer-producer, working on The Twilight
Zone, Beauty and the Beast, and various feature films and
television pilots that were never made. In the mid ''90s he
returned to prose, his first love, and began work on his epic
fantasy series, A Song of Ice and Fire. He has been in the Seven
Kingdoms ever since. Whenever he''s allowed to leave, he returns to
Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he lives with the lovely Parris, a big
white dog called Mischa, and two cats named Augustus and Caligula,
who think they run the place.
"The major fantasy of the decade . . . compulsively
"We have been invited to a grand feast and pageant: George R.R.
Martin has unveiled for us an intensely realized, romantic but
realistic world."-Chicago Sun-Times
"A Best Book of 1996: Martin makes a triumphant return to high
fantasy . . . [with] superbly developed characters, accomplished
prose, and sheer bloodymindedness."-Publishers Weekly,
"A splendid saga . . . . Inventive and intricately
"Magic . . . George R.R.Martin''s first fantasy epic [is set] well
above the norms of the genre."-Locus
"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
From the Paperback edition.