A Game Of Thrones: A Song Of Ice And Fire: Book One by George R. R. MartinA Game Of Thrones: A Song Of Ice And Fire: Book One by George R. R. Martin

A Game Of Thrones: A Song Of Ice And Fire: Book One

byGeorge R. R. Martin

Mass Market Paperback | August 4, 1997

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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.
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 Tutt...
Title:A Game Of Thrones: A Song Of Ice And Fire: Book OneFormat:Mass Market PaperbackProduct dimensions:864 pages, 6.88 × 4.17 × 1.41 inShipping dimensions:6.88 × 4.17 × 1.41 inPublished:August 4, 1997Publisher:Random House Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love the GOT World I am reading the books after watching the entire show and I got to say I am thoroughly enjoying the books so far!!! The attention to detail compared to the show is outstanding. Highly recommend.
Date published: 2019-06-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Not my usual type of book, but along with another one, it was good.
Date published: 2018-11-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW Let me start by saying I do not read fantasy....not even the epic Lord of the Rings. But my son just kept after me to read this book, and thank-you son this is one of the best books I have ever read. The way George R.R. Martin introduces all his characters is amazing, it is intimate. His description, it is vivid. The suspense, it builds to a point were you are literally on the edge of your seat. I cannot say enough about this book, just that it will make you crave for the next in the series. To all fans of reading, do not pass up this book, it’s brilliant!
Date published: 2018-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I LOVED THIS! I wanted to read the books before watching the show and i am now on book 2 A Clash Of Kings The first book is AMAZAING it has every thing you want from a fantasy mystery, action, romance, and adventure all fill the pages have not watched the show yet because i am not done the books but this book is truly perfect read it.
Date published: 2018-09-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from If you're a fan of the show, you should read the books. I LOVE Game of Thrones and I have found the books so much more fulfilling then the show (and I LOVE the show). A lot more detail and excitement to put your imagination into overdrive.
Date published: 2018-08-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really enjoyed This first book got me hooked and could not wait to read the rest of the series. Found very hard to put down
Date published: 2018-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! So much better than the t.v. show. It is a must read for everyone.
Date published: 2018-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing One of the best books I've read of this genre. Amazingly written and a breeze to read through!
Date published: 2018-08-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really Intriguing I finally sat down to read A Game of Thrones and I enjoyed it much more than I expected! It followed various characters and I fell in love with most of them, excited when their chapter comes around. It was a really good read and I can't wait to start the next one. When you start, take the time to get the lineage and relationships down, it makes it easier in the long run.
Date published: 2018-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Obsessed Hungry for more! Looking forward to more by George R. R. Martin
Date published: 2018-08-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing, suspensful So glad I reread this! I loved it even more this time and it just reaffirmed that this is my favorite serie
Date published: 2018-07-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Same as first season If your like reading and liked the first season of the show you will like this. It also gets better in the next installments.
Date published: 2018-07-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Exciting, but Long This book took a long time to read, but was super exciting. I have not watched the series yet. Despite its being 700 pages, it still feels like an introduction to the series. But I didn't mind that.
Date published: 2018-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Superb first book! I was hesitant about getting into the GOT world because it seemed overly popular, but then I picked up this book at a garage sale.. and was drawn into the story from the first page! #plumreview
Date published: 2018-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better and Better The second book just keeps the ball rolling and the stakes are getting higher. Loved this one, a must read series for only the true hard-core GoT fans!
Date published: 2018-07-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome I loved it and thought it was great. A really good and detailed read.
Date published: 2018-06-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great I really enjoyed this first book to the series. It is almost identical to the first season of the show, but it was nice to read all the little details that the show just wasn't able to include.
Date published: 2018-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfection Genius! This book is amazing and the level of detail is insane. I could probably reread this entire book and pick up on things I missed the first read-through. Just awesome!
Date published: 2018-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful I decided to start the Game of Thrones series while waiting for the series finale to come out on HBO and i'm so glad i did! You get so much extra information from the books that you aren't able to see on the tv show and it just makes the story that much better and interesting. I love the world that George R. R. Martin has created!! #plumreview
Date published: 2018-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Way To Pass Time Leading Up To Game Of Thrones' Final Season The level of detail in these books is outrageous! I supplemented the lack of Game of Thrones this year (patiently waiting for its final season) with the books and I absolutely loved it. This first book is very much the same as the first season, but if you're a fan of the show, then I guarantee you will be a fan of the books.
Date published: 2018-05-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Games indeed! An exciting fantasy series with a multitude of characters of all ages and personalities. You will find enough characters to love and loathe while keeping you interested in several thrilling plots.
Date published: 2018-05-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful! If you are a fan of the TV show I strongly recommend reading the book, its like getting the never-before seen footage of the directors cut. You get so much information and insight on our favourite characters. The world building is incredible and one of my favourite things about this series, the world of Ice and Fire os so rich and detailed that is seems real. I havent even finished reading the series and I already want to start from the beginning again.
Date published: 2018-05-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from unbelievable Our son cant get enough and now has me hooked!!! Truly another wonderful one!!
Date published: 2018-04-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Song of Ice and Fire Enjoyed this book and the characters. Several stories happen at the same time so it can be a bit difficult to keep track of characters.
Date published: 2018-04-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic This book is phenomenal. If you even think there would be a little bit of you that would like this, you will. some of the character chapters are very slow and you don't even really need them. But this book is incredible. The story alone is fantastic.
Date published: 2018-04-26
Rated 2 out of 5 by from overpriced and overhyped this book is honestly incredibly boring. i actually couldnt even finish it it was that bad. the characters are incredibly bland. the sex does nothing to ove the story along and is just there, the battles are poorly described and the writing in general ha a very bland feeling to it. there's no mystery at all if you have the slightest brain. i would give it a try but don't expect much if you do. the world is so unengaging because it's literally just england. seriously if you know history really at all you can tell that westeros is just england and the wall is the wall that separated England and Scotland
Date published: 2018-04-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Better than the show Please read this if you're interested in the world of Westeros. Its so much better and character driven than the show. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-03-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read! (4.5/5) if you've seen the show, the book is nearly identical but that doesn't deter you as the books branch off as the series continues on. Well written and well paced, full of layered and complex characters. You know the hype, take the plunge! #staffreviews
Date published: 2018-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it so much I watched the TV show before reading the book (oooops!) but I loved them both. The books almost made me forget everything about the TV show as I was reading, I would be like " OH NO WHAT IS HAPPENING". Everything in this book is so vivid.
Date published: 2018-03-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just the best This book is amazing. Everything is described flawlessly. I picture everything so well. I love it!
Date published: 2018-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from expect the unexpected its simply impossible to put this book down. never expect anything, because its not what will happen but it is so amazing.
Date published: 2018-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! This book is so vivid. It is one of my all time favorites. I can not find a book with the same level of imagery as this one. Once I started reading it I could not stop. Finished on four hours!
Date published: 2018-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing What is there to say... GoT is an incredible, timeless classic
Date published: 2018-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Could not put this book down From page one I was hooked. George R. Martin's writing style is so captivating and descriptive, his characters literally leap off the pages! I am thoroughly addicted!
Date published: 2018-02-15
Date published: 2018-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book Great read, highly addicting. You'll want to have the second one ready to read when you finish though!
Date published: 2018-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great book. love all the Game of Thrones books. you might need more time to read this as the books are long.,
Date published: 2018-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really good book, but the rest of the series is meh I really loved this book. It has fantastic character arcs, sets up some amazing long-term stories, and the worldbuilding is fabulous! Unfortunately, no other book in the series is as good as this one (and they steadily get messier as they go) and this one really doesn't work as a stand-alone. It's a shame, because I really can't recommend this book given how meandering the series becomes. Plus, I'm not convinced that it'll ever be finished!
Date published: 2018-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Addictive George R. R. Martin has created the most addictive world. Highly recommend.
Date published: 2018-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unexpected I went into this with no background information. I avoided the TV show and never looked up anything before reading this series. SO glad I did it this way since everything was new and surprising. Love, love, love this series!
Date published: 2018-01-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good, but moves slowly at times While the stories and characters are interesting, the books can be very slow at times. I'm almost always in the 'book was better than the show/movie' camp, but this series is a rare exception. I liked the books and read them before watching the show, but still enjoyed the show much more.
Date published: 2018-01-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty slow but interesting The intrigue and politics of this story is the focus, as I had heard. But it was not quite as engrossing as I was led to believe, but almost. Each chapter focuses on a different characters story, characters who are usually far from each other, in different parts of the kingdom, and in some cases in a completely different continent. So there are certain sections of the book that are naturally more interesting than others to each person. I may prefer the chapters focusing on Daenarys and Arya, but others may prefer chapters focusing on Tyrion and Jon. It makes it rather choppy, but really I cant think of another way of telling a story spread over so much distance. There are so many characters that I don't know who I would want to win. No one is perfect or really stands out over the others. There are some characters I hate that I am not sure if I am supposed to like (Sansa). And there are characters I like that I am not sure if I am supposed to hate (Daenarys). But there are so many players in such a large game that it keeps it interesting. The stakes are high and you never know what is going to happen. There are no clear winners.
Date published: 2018-01-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Long Read but Worth It For a non-fantasy lover this book took me forever to read, but in the end it was totally worth it. I can't wait to keep going. Lots of characters that can be confusing, so it was helpful having watched the series first.
Date published: 2017-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! Similar to the televisions series, but not so similar that it is a boring read (if you had watched the TV series before reading the novels).
Date published: 2017-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! Really amazing book, the numerous amounts of plots are what makes this book unique
Date published: 2017-12-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So caught up in this world Wonderful start to an amazing series
Date published: 2017-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it I didn't really know what to expect going in to this series but I loved every page of this book! Long books but doesn't seem like it because it's so entertaining! It's a must read! I never watched the tv series so I had no info going into this.
Date published: 2017-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Please read this novel! If youre anything like me and completely obsessed with the TV show, do yourself a favour and pick up a copy of this book! I never was much of a reader but I decided to buy this book to read on the bus. Once I got into it (which didnt take long), I couldnt seem to close the book. Martins style of writing is much more straightforward than the likes of tolkien and it is a very pleasant read. It includes a lot more details than the show which is perfect for the ASOIAF enthusiast!
Date published: 2017-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from READ IT!! long story short, if you love the show, you will looovvvveee the book! I started watching Game of Thrones first (hooked immediately) but for some reason put off reading it for a while. When I finally decided to give it a go, I never looked back! Highly Recommend!! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such an amazing story Everything about this book was amazing and so well done. It is both plot and character driven, the cast of characters is amazing! Different characters having different points of views really moves the story along, and you learn which characters you really care for and who you do not. The plot of this story is also really well done, a lot goes down, obviously a lot of death. Do not get too attached to anyone! Overall such a fun read, it was perfect to read during this fall!
Date published: 2017-11-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The book pulls you in! Though it took a few chapters for me to feel like I was into the story, I truly enjoyed the series and couldn't set the books down. There are lots of typos and errors throughout the paperbacks, but other than that, I have no complaints about the series and I highly recommend them to anyone who, like me, watched the show first but wants more content!
Date published: 2017-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from a GREAT read a little late to read these (since i already watched the shows), but this is a fantastic read. Fantasy isn't my typical genre but this is such a well written book that I couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2017-10-29
Rated 2 out of 5 by from It's not that good Being an avid Fantasy reader, I picked this book up because of it's popularity among readers. I found the plot to be all over the place with many different characters being introduced just as you are trying to understand the previous character. The plot itself is very political in nature with less world building that I typically enjoy. I would pass on this unless you are prepared for at least 2 read - throughs to properly understand the story and it's progression.
Date published: 2017-10-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book! Really enjoyed this book, but found it best to watch the TV show as well. It helped to better visualize the settings and characters
Date published: 2017-10-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant Let me start by saying I do not read fantasy....not even the epic Lord of the Rings. But my son just kept after me to read this book, and thank-you son this is one of the best books I have ever read. The way George R.R. Martin introduces all his characters is amazing, it is intimate. His description, it is vivid. The suspense, it builds to a point were you are literally on the edge of your seat. I cannot say enough about this book, just that it will make you crave for the next in the series. To all fans of reading, do not pass up this book, it’s brilliant!
Date published: 2017-10-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from If you like LOTR As a lifelong fan of Tolkien, I always find myself looking for the next best thing. This is it. Wondrously original and so rich in the history of Westeros. Kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time.
Date published: 2017-10-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I couldn't put it down! From the first pages, I was hooked. Great character development and dialogue so natural that much of it was lifted straight into the tv series. I strongly recommend this for sword & sorcery lovers.
Date published: 2017-10-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must-Read one of the best books ever written imo
Date published: 2017-09-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must read series This is one of the best series I have ever read. I highly recommend them. They are very action packed and intricate as all the characters eventually come together. I couldn't put them down
Date published: 2017-09-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love GoT! This is one of the best series I have ever read. I highly recommend them. very action packed and intricate as all the characters eventually come together.
Date published: 2017-09-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great story Game of Thrones is great, but there is quite a bit of information to take in and almost too many characters to remember. that doesn't take away from it though- it's still a good read.
Date published: 2017-09-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good I loved all of the different point of views and the many sides of the same story that they offered. this is more of a political book in my opinion, so if thats not your thing you should probably stick to the show.
Date published: 2017-09-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from POWERFUL! One of the most powerful and gripping series of books I've ever read! The characters, royal intrigue and plot twists have me hook, line and sinker. 100% recommended!
Date published: 2017-09-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great first book to a wonderful saga! LOVED the first book! I was fully immersed right at the beginning and couldn't wait to see what was going to happen next.
Date published: 2017-09-19
Rated 2 out of 5 by from I figured I would give it a shot these books are very hard to read, I am trying my darndest but its a lot of work with this one
Date published: 2017-09-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved it Great read. really sets the tone for the series
Date published: 2017-09-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE IT I am obsessed with both the book series and the TV show!!
Date published: 2017-09-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic I originally thought that this book would be overrated, given all the high reviews, but I actually found myself immersed in this world.
Date published: 2017-09-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enjoyed it So much entertainment to read
Date published: 2017-08-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brillant I had read this book all the way back that many years ago when it was first published. Whenever a new book came out in the series, I would re-read the series. This first book in the series "A Game of Thrones" has continued to put me in awe on how the story can captivate us even in chapter one. It has never stopped to fascinate me again and again. Brilliant work from the master George R R Martin.
Date published: 2017-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So captivating! I know understand why people are GoT obsessed!
Date published: 2017-08-19
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Did not finish I enjoyed the first few chapters of this book. The story was interesting even if there was way too much detail (reminiscent of the Lord of the Rings books). The change of perspectives were OK at first as I was interested in the separate stories, but then the perspectives changed again, and again, etc. and I was just lost as to who was who and what was happening. This is a major pet peeve of mine and I had trouble following. This could have been an excellent story but so many characters and completely different viewpoints ruined it for me unfortunately.
Date published: 2017-08-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from good quite long but nonetheless, a really good and entertaining novel to read!
Date published: 2017-08-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Amazing Everything about this book is awesome. The world building is impressive, the characters are fantastic, and I cannot stress how much I love it. If you've only watched the show (like myself until recently) you have to read this too - adds so much more depth to the story!
Date published: 2017-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Work Of Art I finally sat down and read through it and now I am hook. Very detailed and captivating! Every page, every chapter keeps bring you back for more. If you have ever seen the show (Mine you I have only ever seen the first episode) do yourself justice and read the books!
Date published: 2017-08-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Game of Thrones I love so many of these characters, especially Arya and Dany, if you like the epicness of the TV series, you’ll appreciate the books just as much. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-08-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It! Definitely a must read if you are into fantasy!
Date published: 2017-08-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible! So well written and very detailed.
Date published: 2017-08-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic start to a great series Couldn't put it down once I started reading! This novel is the first in the Song of Ice and Fire series. It pulls you in right away by stetting up multiple future plots using the POVs of different characters.
Date published: 2017-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read This is a book that I picked up and put down for a later read multiple times! A challenging read but well worth it! Be sure to read all the books before watching the show!
Date published: 2017-07-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from better than the show I tried watching the show and I just could not get into it. I read the book and could not wait to read the second one!
Date published: 2017-07-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book Good start to a great series
Date published: 2017-07-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I loved the first book, can't wait to read the rest
Date published: 2017-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great series Fantastic story line and awesome characters.
Date published: 2017-07-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book Great story, the books are just as awesome as the TV series.
Date published: 2017-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It! My all time favourite fantasy book!
Date published: 2017-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Great story, the books are just as awesome as the TV series.
Date published: 2017-07-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better than the show George R. R. Martin really knows how to keep the reader in suspense. He doesn't give into the need to stick with one voice - and multiple voices are present in the various points of view we read from. It's something you need to stick with from beginning to end - long, but worth it.
Date published: 2017-07-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good A really good start to the series.
Date published: 2017-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this! Always intriguing. Although it may seem long trust me it was not long enough! I am so excited to read the rest of the series!
Date published: 2017-06-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Game of Thrones Richly imagined, with a deep tapestry of history myth and magic lending political machinations that special flair, Martian's Game of Thrones offers a spectacle of promises, sorrows, desires leading to treachery all wrapped up in a neat package of sexual gamesmanship and sorcerous intrigue. I highly recommend it.
Date published: 2017-06-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A game of thrones graphic, thrilling. This author has created a world beyond our imagination. I don't like violence but this book was amazing. I am a fan. I love the Starks
Date published: 2017-06-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Eye opening story An absolutely amazing story that rips you out of the comfort of knowing the character are immortal and will always triumph over evil.A book that's so well written half of the story isn't even on the pages but is subtly implied by the characters and the author. A book with a world so vast it contains dozens of regions, cultures, ethnicities and far more characters than you'll ever be able to keep track of. Read it and realize what a small world fantasy used to be.
Date published: 2017-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Game of Thrones Great beginning to an epic series
Date published: 2017-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Never saw the show, but LOVED the book! I am glued to these pages. I love this. I bought the next one and ready to dive in. I never watched the shows because I wanted to read them first. I am glad I did. Detailed and deep.
Date published: 2017-05-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Book Great book to read. Try and read the books before watching the series!
Date published: 2017-05-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Too Good Left me with my mouth opened and ready to read more!
Date published: 2017-05-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book Sit back kick up your feet have a cup of tea and just get lost in the world of game of thrones you will not be disappointed
Date published: 2017-05-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So engrossing Without having watched the TV series I would've been overwhelmed by the sheer volume of characters and cultures. A great start to a great series
Date published: 2017-04-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Without having watched the show first, this book would've been a little difficult to follow along with.
Date published: 2017-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best fantasy book series I was initially uninterested in the book, but once I started reading it, I became more and more pulled into the stories of each of the characters. This book, like the rest of the series, is a complete work of art from start to finish. I couldn't put it down, and this book sits atop my list of all-time favorites. Definitely recommend for anyone into a dramatic, fantastical read.
Date published: 2017-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great! great first book to start with the series! loved the shows and i love the books more!
Date published: 2017-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book I had already seen season one of the show when I read this which would often ruin the story. Not in this case. It is so richly told that I could hardly put it down
Date published: 2017-03-21
Rated 2 out of 5 by from A Good Read, But Not For Me So I decided to join the band wagon. Everyone I knew had either read the books, or they were watching the show. So I decided to read the series. I had a few biases coming in to the book, I had heard about the show and it didn't sound very appealing to me. For the most part I enjoyed reading the first book of the series, but once I finished the book I realized I didn't particularly care about any of the characters so I didn't continue with the series. That's my take on it, but I'm sure other people would love this series. If just wasn't for me.
Date published: 2017-03-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible read! This is exactly the type of book where you think "I'll just read one more chapter", but 2 hours later you find yourself still reading because you NEED to know what happens next. I love how each chapter is a different character - makes it much more interesting!
Date published: 2017-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing quickly became one of my favourite series
Date published: 2017-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Epic read I loved slipping into the world of Westeros, it entranced me from the beginning. What I love about this series is that I get to see this story from a number of different characters' point of view. It makes the story that much more exciting, as the little blips of someone's story ends at an exciting moment that wants to keep reading to find out what happens next. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, which is vivid with detail.
Date published: 2017-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! A great start to the series. Love how it's through different character's POV's instead of one central narrator.
Date published: 2017-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Magical George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire is one of the best and most detailed worlds I have ever had the pleasure of reading since being immersed in the world of Harry Potter. Everyone says the book is better than the series/movie, but boy is it ever true here! So much thought went into creating this deep universe with a rich and intense history. Every character thought out wonderfully. There's so much information inside one book, it's amazing! Luckily he does give you a map and an annex for the family trees of the major houses in the books, cause you really need them! For people who have seen the first season of the show, this book will be a bit familiar, but so much better.
Date published: 2017-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I loved the book so much! I couldn't put it down. The story was so detailed that it really brings you into the world George R.R. Martin created.
Date published: 2017-03-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent book A great start to the series. Love how the story is told through different character POV's. If you like the TV show and want more, I suggest reading the books as they have more details.
Date published: 2017-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Even Better Than The Show The book was, as always, even better than the movie (TV show). George R.R. Martin has created an intricately detailed fantasy world rivalling that of J.R.R. Tolkein. Told in enthralling detail the story expands upon what was shown in the show and only promises to get better as the series progresses. I am excited to continue the saga.
Date published: 2017-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Fantasy Starter The show follows this book closely but it gives more background detail and is just as interesting if not more so than the show.
Date published: 2017-02-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good intro to fantasy for non-fantasy readers Admittedly, I cheated and watched the HBO adaptation of Game of Thrones before I read the book. Despite the TV series' impressive loyalty to the original text, it was 100% worth it to read the book afterwards. The page count allows Martin plenty of space for detail, and plenty of time to genuinely despise/love his characters. Game of Thrones is a great transition book for people who typically don't read fantasy. It's less about mystical creatures and more about political drama in a seemingly-real historical context. My husband (who thinks Harry Potter plays witch stick ball against Slythendor) really enjoyed Game of Thrones, especially Tyrion Lannister. If you're willing to deal with some fairly explicit (read: typical HBO) content, Game of Thrones is really a must-read.
Date published: 2017-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So good This book is an amazing first novel in the series. If you have seen season 1 of the television show, some of this might feel a bit redundant as the first season is very faithful to the first book. But reading this is an absolute must if you want to be able to follow what`s going on in the rest of the books
Date published: 2017-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must read! The books far surpass the tv show (which is amazing itself)!
Date published: 2017-02-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Epic! Great book. Read long time ago before the show was around. I read through very quickly. Loved the characters, story and setting. Also really enjoyed the chapters by different characters view point. Want to read Dance with Dragons but might have to go back and re-read books 1-4 since it has been so long.
Date published: 2017-02-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great escapist stuff, super story telling An epic tale, woven with more threads than are visible to the human eye, and it swallows you, and then spits you out hanging over a cliff by one of those threads, which, as you have learned by now, are all very fragile indeed. Keep writing George RR Martin, this is a tale worthy of rainy Sunday afternoons, long journeys, and staying up all night...
Date published: 2017-02-11
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Keep watching the show, forget about the book. This is one of the rare cases I love more the adaptation than the book. The creators of the series have done more with the story than the autor. The only thing I liked in the book was the Tyrion chapters and some Arya chapters.
Date published: 2017-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Adult Fantasy This book removes all the tropes of the standard fantasy genre and instead introduces you into a world of very human emotions and decisions that cast long shadows. For the person who is looking to expand their knowledge of the fantasy genre beyond the basics, get this. For the person who is looking for a good geopolitical thriller get this. You will not be disappointed.
Date published: 2017-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Game of Thrones What an amazing, epic series this is. I recommend it to everyone. There was a long time where this was being recommended for me to read and I didn't want to get sucked into another series. Crazy me!
Date published: 2017-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing great first book in this amazing series
Date published: 2017-02-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I absolutley loved this book. You get a real feel for the characters in this book. There are many, but thank you for the Legend at the back that can help you keep them straight.
Date published: 2017-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing 5 stars that is all that needs to be said.
Date published: 2017-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The book that started the hit show,,, One of the most epic fantasy works of all time, and it starts right here. Be warned, once you start you wont want to stop, prepared to lose a lot of your free time.
Date published: 2017-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Big commitment but worth it So these books are big. They're dense and it takes a while to get through them. But that's what makes them so good! You get to know the world so well and the people and politics and everything! I've only seen a couple of episodes of the show and if the show puts you off because of all the nudity and sex and whatnot, don't let it influence your opinion of the book because there's actually way less of it in the books. I haven't finished the series yet but i heard it only gets better (except for book 4) so GET ON THIS BANDWAGON!
Date published: 2017-01-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Worth the Read So, like many people, I read "A Game of Thrones" after watching the first season of the HBO series based upon the series of novels because I was curious to see how the television series measured up. I wasn't overly surprised to discover the book was infinitely better than the show. It was a little dry in parts and the shifting from character POVs was, at times, a little broken, but overall I enjoyed the story and characters and how everything developed. If you are looking for a medieval fantasy world then Martin certainly delivers with a well plotted world, complete with in depth, detailed backstories and world histories that rival Tolkien's depth.
Date published: 2017-01-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A song of praise I just finished reading this in the paper back form, not mass market. I felt if I had read the mass market the spine would be destroyed since the book was quite thick. I'm not usually a fan of books that go back and forth, however this was well done. Lots of characters, sometimes a little confusing since many have the same or similar names. I look forward to reading the rest. Hope you enjoy too.
Date published: 2017-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun Read I really like the start to the series, the characters are very well thought out and engaging.
Date published: 2017-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Epic Epic, exciting, unpredictable, rich, vast, and filled with unique, unforgettable characters. A must-read for every fantasy fan (though most of them have likely already read it).
Date published: 2017-01-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Start This was such a fantastic start to the series. So addicting and so much easier to read than I ever expected it to be.
Date published: 2017-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Astounding Inexorable feelings brought on by this novel, action packed Amazing writing. You can really tell which characters point of vies you are reading of without even checking it out on the beginning
Date published: 2017-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible My favourite fantasy series since "The Lord of the Rings"
Date published: 2017-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You'll be hooked After watching the first season and falling in love with the show I knew I had to read the books. The books are sooo much better than the show, there a few different things that take place which makes it interesting to read and I imagined places and characters differently than on the show (in a good way). By far my favourite fantasy series.
Date published: 2017-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Writer This is the first fantasy series I have read. I recently just began watching the show as well and can say I am completely addicted to both! Amazing.
Date published: 2017-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from a different approach I've always loved fantasy books, and this one rose to popularity because of the author's different approach in the genre. he proved that fantasy novels are not just always about elves, dwarves etc that most of the others followed after tolkien
Date published: 2016-12-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Adored I adored this book. The plot is so detailed, the character development is amazing. Although this book spends a lot of time establishing roles, at no point does it ever become boring. There is action in every chapter and characters you will fall in love with. Highly reccommend.
Date published: 2016-12-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Game of Thrones- Simply Amazing Went beyond my expectations while I was reading this novel. A bit slow at first, but it picks up near the middle all the way through to the end. It gave great character depth, and provided different perspectives, which I greatly enjoyed.
Date published: 2016-12-30
Rated 1 out of 5 by from meh good writer knows what he's doing, writes a bad book in spite of himself.
Date published: 2016-12-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good It was really good but Im not sure that I see what all the hype is about.
Date published: 2016-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from After watching the show, I wanted to read the series I don't read fantasy these days, so I wasn't sure if I'd be into GoT as a book, despite having devoured the series (finally catching up over the course of several weeks). I was most interested in reading how the books mirrored, strayed from and added context to the TV series. I really enjoyed the read (I don't know the last time I read 700+ pages of anything). I'm not sure if I would have been as into the book if I wasn't already dedicated to the HBO version of the characters, though. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved it One of my favorite books of all time
Date published: 2016-12-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good but annoying The different point of view each chapter made this book difficult to read for me. I would get heavily invested in whoever I was reading...and then it switched...which was fine...but then the character wouldn't have another point of view for another 200 pages...which bothered me. The overall story was interesting but definitely takes some time to get into.
Date published: 2016-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Long read with a ton of characters but it's definitely worth it. I don't usually read fantasy novels but this was a great introduction into the genre for me.
Date published: 2016-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing!!! This book and series are amazing! A must read; even if it is a long read.
Date published: 2016-12-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved this bought it as a christmas gift and the bf loved it
Date published: 2016-12-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Fantastic, realistic, portrayal of the fantasy genre. Filled with memorable characters and wonderful twists, this truly is a book of high literary caliber
Date published: 2016-12-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Book Great characters, great writing, plenty of mystery and intrigue. Could not put it down.
Date published: 2016-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! Great plot and interesting characters
Date published: 2016-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Such a great book! Amazing character development, exciting, thrilling, suspenseful!
Date published: 2016-12-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Fantasy Series I do not enjoy a lot of fantasy but I enjoyed this book. I read it for the first time nearly 20 years ago and I have re-read it a few times.
Date published: 2016-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hooked after one chapter GRRM is the new Tolkien for a reason - his storytelling and character development hook you from the very beginning. A must for any fantasy fan!
Date published: 2016-12-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great high fantasy read A Game of Thrones is a fantasy book which has a very complex story. It is about knights, kings, family as well as betrayals and drama. It is told from the point of view of many characters, which can become confusing at times, especially at the beginning since you are not familiar with the characters yet. But once you get used to it, it becomes very interesting because that way you can see what every character is thinking. Just make sure to read the name of the character at the beginning of the chapter when you start another or else you will get mixed up. The descriptions were really well written even though they could be long at times and I sometimes surprised myself jumping a couple of paragraphs several times, but the writing of the author was still really enjoyable. Also, just like for the descriptions, since it is a massive book I felt like some parts were dragging on a little too long, but then just a couple of pages later, the action was starting again and it was all forgotten. My favorite characters are either Arya or Daenerys. Both girls are such independent and strong women, I just couldn’t help but admire them. For the character I hate the most, let’s say that I cannot wait for that little sh*t of Joffrey to be dead already… In conclusion, I recommend this book to everyone who enjoys a good fantasy book. I am for sure going to continue on with the series even though I am probably going to read a couple of other books in between each one. I am also watching the TV series at the same time. I have two episodes left of the first season and so far it is as good as the book. It helps to put a face on the characters since there are so many…
Date published: 2016-12-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not as good as everyone makes it It's definitely a well told story, but it isn't the pinnacle of fantasy like so many people make it out to be
Date published: 2016-12-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brillliant Fantastic start to a truly incredible series.
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Absolutely loved this series!
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thumbs up This is where it all starts. A Song of Ice and Fire is such a detailed fantasy world that's full of intrigue, violence and politics. Believe the hype surrounding this and dive in.
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from MASTERPIECE Couldn't stop reading... better than the show!
Date published: 2016-11-29

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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 than seven, trying to pretend that he'd seen all this before.  A faint wind blew through the holdfast gate.  Over their heads flapped the banner of the Starks of Winterfell: a grey direwolf racing across an ice-white field.Bran's father sat solemnly on his horse, long brown hair stirring in the wind.  His closely trimmed beard was shot with white, making him look older than his thirty-five years.  He had a grim cast to his grey eyes this day, and he seemed not at all the man who would sit before the fire in the evening and talk softly of the age of heroes and the children of the forest.  He had taken off Father's face, Bran thought, and donned the face of Lord Stark of Winterfell.There were questions asked and answers given there in the chill of morning, but afterward Bran could not recall much of what had been said.  Finally his lord father gave a command, and two of his guardsmen dragged the ragged man to the ironwood stump in the center of the square.  They forced his head down onto the hard black wood.  Lord Eddard Stark dismounted and his ward Theon Greyjoy brought forth the sword.  "Ice," that sword was called.  It was as wide across as a man's hand, and taller even than Robb.  The blade was Valyrian steel, spell-forged and dark as smoke.  Nothing held an edge like Valyrian steel.His father peeled off his gloves and handed them to Jory Cassel, the captain of his household guard.  He took hold of Ice with both hands and said, "In the name of Robert of the House Baratheon, the First of his Name, King of the Andals and the Rhoynar and the First Men, Lord of the Seven Kingdoms and Protector of the Realm, by the word of Eddard of the House Stark, Lord of Winterfell and Warden of the North, I do sentence you to die."  He lifted the great sword high above his head.Bran's bastard brother Jon Snow moved closer.  "Keep the pony well in hand," he whispered.  "And don't look away.  Father will know if you do."Bran kept his pony well in hand, and did not look away.His father took off the man's head with a single sure stroke.  Blood sprayed out across the snow, as red as summerwine.  One of the horses reared and had to be restrained to keep from bolting.  Bran could not take his eyes off the blood.  The snows around the stump drank it eagerly, reddening as he watched.The head bounced off a thick root and rolled.  It came up near Greyjoy's feet.  Theon was a lean, dark youth of nineteen who found everything amusing.  He laughed, put his boot on the head,and kicked it away."Ass," Jon muttered, low enough so Greyjoy did not hear.  He put a hand on Bran's shoulder, and Bran looked over at his bastard brother.  "You did well," Jon told him solemnly.  Jon was fourteen, an old hand at justice.It seemed colder on the long ride back to Winterfell, though the wind had died by then and the sun was higher in the sky.  Bran rode with his brothers, well ahead of the main party, his pony struggling hard to keep up with their horses."The deserter died bravely," Robb said.  He was big and broad and growing every day, with his mother's coloring, the fair skin, red-brown hair, and blue eyes of the Tullys of Riverrun.  "He had courage, at the least.""No," Jon Snow said quietly.  "It was not courage.  This one was dead of fear.  You could see it in his eyes, Stark."  Jon's eyes were a grey so dark they seemed almost black, but there was little they did not see.  He was of an age with Robb, but they did not look alike.  Jon was slender where Robb was muscular, dark where Robb was fair, graceful and quick where his half brother was strong and fast.Robb was not impressed.  "The Others take his eyes," he swore.  "He died well.  Race you to the bridge?""Done," Jon said, kicking his horse forward.  Robb cursed and followed, and they galloped off down the trail, Robb laughing and hooting, Jon silent and intent.  The hooves of their horses kicked up showers of snow as they went.Bran did not try to follow.  His pony could not keep up.  He had seen the ragged man's eyes, and he was thinking of them now.  After a while, the sound of Robb's laughter receded, and the woods grew silent again. That was when Jon reappeared on the crest of the hill before them.  He waved and shouted down at them.  "Father, Bran, come quickly, see what Robb has found!"  Then he was gone again.Jory rode up beside them.  "Trouble, my lord?""Beyond a doubt," his lord father said.  "Come, let us see what mischief my sons have rooted out now."  He sent his horse into a trot.  Jory and Bran and the rest came after.They found Robb on the riverbank north of the bridge, with Jon still mounted beside him.  The late summer snows had been heavy this moonturn.  Robb stood knee-deep in white, his hood pulled back so the sun shone in his hair.  He was cradling something in his arm, while the boys talked in hushed, excited voices.The riders picked their way carefully through the drifts, groping for solid footing on the hidden, uneven ground.  Jory Cassel and Theon Greyjoy were the first to reach the boys.  Greyjoy was laughing and joking as he rode.  Bran heard the breath go out of him.  "Gods!" he exclaimed, struggling to keep control of his horse as he reached for his sword.Jory's sword was already out.  "Robb, get away from it!" he called as his horse reared under him.Robb grinned and looked up from the bundle in his arms.  "She can't hurt you," he said.  "She's dead, Jory."Bran was afire with curiosity by then.  He would have spurred the pony faster, but his father made them dismount beside the bridge and approach on foot.  Bran jumped off and ran.By then Jon, Jory, and Theon Greyjoy had all dismounted as well.  "What in the seven hells is it?" Greyjoy was saying."A wolf," Robb told him."A freak," Greyjoy said.  "Look at the size of it."Bran's heart was thumping in his chest as he pushed through a waist-high drift to his brothers' side.Half-buried in blood stained snow, a huge dark shape slumped in death.  Ice had formed in its shaggy grey fur, and the faint smell of corruption clung to it like a woman's perfume.  Bran glimpsed blind eyes crawling with maggots, a wide mouth full of yellowed teeth.  But it was the size of it that made him gasp.  It was bigger than his pony, twice the size of the largest hound in his father's kennel."It's no freak," Jon said calmly.  "That's a direwolf.  They grow larger than the other kind."Theon Greyjoy said, "There's not been a direwolf sighted south of the Wall in two hundred years.""I see one now," Jon replied.Bran tore his eyes away from the monster.  That was when he noticed the bundle in Robb's arms.  He gave a cry of delight and moved closer.  The pup was a tiny ball of grey-black fur, its eyes still closed.  It nuzzled blindly against Robb's chest as he cradled it, searching for milk among his leathers, making a sad little whimpery sound.  Bran reached out hesitantly.  "Go on,"Robb told him.  "You can touch him."Bran gave the pup a quick nervous stroke, then turned as Jon said, "Here you go."  His half brother put a second pup into his arms.  "There are five of them."  Bran sat down in the snow and hugged the wolf pup to his face.  Its fur was soft and warm against his cheek. "Direwolves loose in the realm, after so many years," muttered Hullen, the master of horse.  "I like it not.""It is a sign," Jory said.Father frowned.  "This is only a dead animal, Jory," he said.  Yet he seemed troubled.  Snow crunched under his boots as he moved around the body.  "Do we know what killed her?""There's something in the throat," Robb told him, proud to have found the answer before his father even asked.  "There, just under the jaw."His father knelt and groped under the beast's head with his hand.  He gave a yank and held it up for all to see.  A foot of shattered antler, tines snapped off, all wet with blood.A sudden silence descended over the party.  The men looked at the antler uneasily, and no one dared to speak.  Even Bran could sense their fear, though he did not understand.His father tossed the antler to the side and cleansed his hands in the snow.  "I'm surprised she lived long enough to whelp," he said.  His voice broke the spell."Maybe she didn't," Jory said.  "I've heard tales .  .  .  maybe the bitch was already dead when the pups came.""Born with the dead," another man put in.  "Worse luck.""No matter," said Hullen.  "They be dead soon enough too."Bran gave a wordless cry of dismay."The sooner the better," Theon Greyjoy agreed.  He drew his sword.  "Give the beast here, Bran."The little thing squirmed against him, as if it heard and understood.  "No!" Bran cried out fiercely.  "It's mine." "It be a mercy to kill them," Hullen said.Bran looked to his lord father for rescue, but got only a frown, a furrowed brow.  "Hullen speaks truly, son.  Better a swift death than a hard one from cold and starvation.""No!"  He could feel tears welling in his eyes, and he looked away.  He did not want to cry in front of his father. "Lord Stark," Jon said.  It was strange to hear him call Father that, so formal.  Bran looked at him with desperate hope.  "There are five pups," he told Father.  "Three male, two female.""What of it, Jon?""You have five true born children," Jon said.  "Three sons, two daughters.  The direwolf is the sigil of your House.  Your children were meant to have these pups, my lord."Bran saw his father's face change, saw the other men exchange glances.  He loved Jon with all his heart at that moment.  Even at seven, Bran understood what his brother had done.  The count had come right only because Jon had omitted himself.  He had included the girls, included even Rickon, the baby, but not the bastard who bore the surname Snow, the name that custom decreed be given to all those in the north unlucky enough to be born with no name of their own.Their father understood as well.  "You want no pup for yourself, Jon?" he asked softly."The direwolf graces the banners of House Stark," Jon pointed out.  "I am no Stark, Father."Their lord father regarded Jon thoughtfully.  Robb rushed into the silence he left.  "I will nurse him myself, Father," he promised.  "I will soak a towel with warm milk, and give him suck from that.""Me too!" Bran echoed.The lord weighed his sons long and carefully with his eyes.  "Easy to say, and harder to do.  I will not have you wasting the servants' time with this.  If you want these pups, you will feed them yourselves.  Is that understood?"Bran nodded eagerly.  The pup squirmed in his grasp, lickedat his face with a warm tongue. It was not until they were mounted and on their way that Bran allowed himself to taste the sweet air of victory.  By then, his pup was snuggled inside his leathers, warm against him, safe for the long ride home.  Bran was wondering what to name him.Halfway across the bridge, Jon pulled up suddenly."What is it, Jon?" their lord father asked."Can't you hear it?"Bran could hear the wind in the trees, the clatter of their hooves on the ironwood planks, the whimpering of his hungry pup, but Jon was listening to something else."There," Jon said.  He swung his horse around and galloped back across the bridge.  They watched him dismount where the direwolf lay dead in the snow, watched him kneel.  A moment later he was riding back to them, smiling."He must have crawled away from the others," Jon said."Or been driven away," their father said, looking at the sixth pup.  His fur was white, where the rest of the litter was grey.  His eyes were as red as the blood of the ragged man who had died that morning.  Bran thought it curious that this pup alone would have opened his eyes while the others were still blind."An albino," Theon Greyjoy said with wry amusement.  "This one will die even faster than the others."Jon Snow gave his father's ward a long, chilling look.  "I think not, Greyjoy," he said.  "This one belongs to me."

From Our Editors

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.

Editorial Reviews

"The major fantasy of the decade . . . compulsively readable."—Denver Post"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, starred review"A splendid saga . . . . Inventive and intricately plotted."—BookPage "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 McCaffrey