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A Game Of Thrones (hbo Tie-in Edition): A Song Of Ice And Fire: Book One

by George R. R. Martin

Random House Publishing Group | March 22, 2011 | Trade Paperback

A Game Of Thrones (hbo Tie-in Edition): A Song Of Ice And Fire: Book One is rated 4.8571 out of 5 by 7.
NOW THE ACCLAIMED HBO SERIES GAME OF THRONES

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 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.


From the Hardcover edition.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 720 pages, 9.22 × 6.1 × 1.21 in

Published: March 22, 2011

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0553386794

ISBN - 13: 9780553386790

Found in: Science Fiction and Fantasy

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Epic! This book is far too large (807 pages) and has far too many characters (close to one billion) to give it a proper description. If you don't know anything about A Game of Thrones, all you need to know is there is a land with seven kingdoms where summers last for years, but winter is coming and so is war. The current King overthrew his predecessor and when he dies, there are multiple claims to the throne. This book has love, war, deception, humour, death (lots of it), birth, magic, dragons, and so much more. Don't be put off by the magic and dragons if you aren't usually in to that, these elements in the book are minimal. The book reads like historical fiction and Martin makes you believe that this time really could have existed. Really, there's no other way to describe the book, and I'm sure the entire series, as epic. LOVED IT!
Date published: 2012-09-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent I loved it. It was more in depth than the show, you understand more of what's happening without being too confused. Well written, he gives each character such diverse personality, if you forget who the character is by name you will remember by the way they speak.
Date published: 2012-07-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW I am going to start this review with a disclaimer: I am not a fan of fantasy novels. Now I am going to contradict myself: I loved this book. Okay, with that out of the way where does one even begin to summarize the massive tome of a story? In the land of the Seven Kingdoms there are two prominent ruling families; the Starks and the Lannisters. The battle to rule on the Iron Throne has been ongoing. As Publisher’s Weekly wrote, “some fight with sword and mace, others with magic and poison”. Lord Stark of Winterfell and his family have lived a rather idyllic life until he is summoned south to become “the hand of the king”. Although plots and schemes to dispose of the king run rampant, the king is felled by a wild boar. As the queen and her children plot to take the throne Lord Stark is accused of treason and the war begins. The book is written in sections, each headed by the name of the character propelling the story forward. Sometimes I find this a little off-putting when reading but in this case I found myself coming to a new chapter and thinking, “YES!! I’ve been wondering what happened to him/her while the rest of the story was being told”. Many have compared this book to other epic fantasy novels. Not being a constant reader of the genre I cannot make similar comparisons. This book had a very medieval feel to it so my closest comparison would be Ken Follet’s Pillars of the Earth and World Without End. Yes, if you were to cross those two books with Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Mists of Avalon it would be a fair description. Kingdoms, knights, swords, dwarves, wolves and castles mixed with a little bit of magic, witchery and dragons. I am looking forward to reading the second book in the series.
Date published: 2012-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Master Piece of Litterature A Song of Ice and Fire is probably one of the most breathtaking, dark fantasy series ever written. In my opinion, its place is alongside giant such as Lord of The Ring. A Game of Thrones, the first book of the series, manages to beautifully introduce the reader to a complex world, where the line between good and evil is often thinner than the edge of a sword. While this novel can prove itself quite a challenge for new readers, it’s a must read for any medieval science fiction adept. To me, the real strength of this book is that even at the end, I couldn’t say for sure who the main protagonist was. Indeed, this tale manages to connect you to a great variety of characters, some good, some less, but all so very human. To describe briefly the scenario of this story, the books follows the lives and actions of different people on their quest for power, such as the title suggest. The best sentence to describe this book is a line uttered by Cercei Lanister in a verbal duel with Lord Stark: “In the game of Thrones, you win or you die”. This book has found a nice resting place on my shelves, until the next time the urge to read such quality work takes me again.
Date published: 2012-04-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty good I really enjoyed this book and can’t wait to start the next one. The only thing is that this book took up way too much of my time. I don’t know if I have all of a sudden become a slow reader, but if any book takes over 15 days to read, there must be a problem. Almost a month it took me! Unbelievable! I am ashamed with myself. There were many characters but they were easily distinguishable. I loved every moment of reading. Daenerys was my favourite. Loved the knights, the war, the blood and the lust. Will take a break until the next one though. I read in occurance to the series on TV: Episode 1: Pages 0 - 108 Episode 2&3: Pages 109 - 236 Episode 4: Pages 237 - 304 Episode 5: Pages 305 - 384 Episode 6: Pages 385 - 500 Episode 7: Pages 501 - 594 Episode 8: Pages 595 - 674 Episode 9: Pages 675 - 728 Episode 10: Pages 729 - 807
Date published: 2011-08-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from EXCELLENT This book needs serious concentration and as of the arrival of the book, I have not been able to give it that concentration. I am looking forward to a quiet spell of reading. what I read so far is intriguing and takes you to that "other" time and place. Really like it so far. CGB
Date published: 2011-04-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great series Love these books!
Date published: 2011-03-28

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A Game Of Thrones (hbo Tie-in Edition): A Song Of Ice And Fire: Book One

A Game Of Thrones (hbo Tie-in Edition): A Song Of Ice And Fire: Book One

by George R. R. Martin

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 720 pages, 9.22 × 6.1 × 1.21 in

Published: March 22, 2011

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0553386794

ISBN - 13: 9780553386790

About the Book

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.

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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 seve
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NOW THE ACCLAIMED HBO SERIES GAME OF THRONES

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 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.


From the Hardcover edition.

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.

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


From the Paperback edition.