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A Game of Thrones

A Song of Ice and Fire

By George R. R. Martin

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Format: Paperback, 835 pages
Other Information: illustrations
Published In: United Kingdom, 01 October 1997
First volume of a brilliant new fantasy trilogy: the most powerful, original and absorbing new epic since Stephen Donaldson's Chronicles of Thomas Covenant. The first volume of George R R Martin's glorious high fantasy tells the tragic story of treachery, greed and war that threatens the unity of the Seven Kingdoms south of the Wall. Martin unfolds with astonishing skill a tale of truly epic dimensions, thronged with memorable characters, a story of treachery and ambition, love and magic. Set in a fabulous world scarred by battle and catastrophe over 8000 years of recorded history, it tells of the deeds of men and women locked in the deadliest of conflicts and the terrible legacy they will leave their children. In the game of thrones, you win or you die. And in the bitter-cold, unliving lands beyond the Wall, a terrible winter gathers and the others -- the undead, the neverborn, wildlings to whom the threat of the sword is nothing -- make ready to descend on the realms of men. A Game of Thrones begins the most imaginative, ambitious and compelling fantasy epic since The Lord of the Rings. Thronged with memorable characters, it unfolds with astonishing skill a tale of truly epic dimensions. There have been many pretenders to the throne of Tolkien: now at last he has a true heir.

About the Author

George R.R. Martin is the author of Fevre Dream, the ultimate science fiction horror novel, several collections of short stories and numerous scripts for television drama. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.


'A Game of Thrones grabs hold and won't let go. It's brilliant.' Robert Jordan 'Such a splendid tale. I couldn't stop till I'd finished and it was dawn.' Anne McCaffrey 'Colossal, staggering... Martin captures all the intoxicating complexity of the Wars of the Roses or Imperial Rome in his imaginary world... one of the greats of fantasy literature.' SFX 'Fantasy literature has never shied away from grandeur, but the sheer-mind-boggling scope of this epic has sent other fantasy writers away shaking their heads... Its ambition: to construct the Twelve Caesars of fantasy fiction, with characters so venomous they could eat the Borgias.' Guardian

EAN: 9780006479888
ISBN: 000647988X
Publisher: HarperVoyager
Dimensions: 17.53 x 10.92 x 5.59 centimeters (0.31 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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Definitely the 1st of a serious of books that you won't be able to put down. I enjoyed it immensley and was instantly enthralled with the plots, because there's more than just one. I loved how ther's just not a single main charcater as such. It is definitely a story about a lot of people and how they are all connected somewhere, somwhow. The best thing Mr. Martin did was not to make the plots obvious at all. You will be surprised and most often than not shocked. Definitely the best read for me so far.
Junita on
I read the first book and couldn't put it down...I loved the book because it is sooo unpredictable...it keeps you guessing and trying to figure out what's going to happen next...expect the unexpected when you read the book. So enthralling and engrossing...
Ria on
An utterly compelling read. Well-drawn, strong - though not always - likeable characters and excellent pacing.
Customer on
I'd been thinking about reading this book for quite sometime before I actually picked it up. It really didn't take me long to read it because it really one of those books that you just can't put down.

The story is very well crafted and moves through several characters. The book keeps you hooked as he regularly switches just as as significant event occurs for a character. It becomes tempting just to skip ahead and follow the character, but then if you do that you'll miss important points in the story line.

It's an addictive fantasy story and without a doubt the best book I've read for quite some time.
Richard on
A Game of Thrones
The first book in this series is one of the best books that I have ever read. From early in the book the reader will realize that this is not the average fantasy book. Indeed this is unlike most of the books in any genre. The power of the book comes from the fact that the author doesn't flinch away from portraying the world in all its gritty detail as it would be as if it were a real place. It come from the fact that the author realizes that the good guy don't always win. An excellent start to an excellent series.
Yildiz on
This book was breathtaking from the go. With an unlimited imagination only an author like George R R Martin could have produced. Concentration and memory are strict essentials while reading this book, because of its extensive character list and a history of each of their bloodlines spanning over centuries.

The whole series is a definite MUST read for any fantasy novel fan!
Jenny on
A fascinating first installment. Filled with a huge cast of characters, it is often hard to keep track of all their separate adventures. The plot and backdrop is set out in huge detail transporting the reader instantly to that time period. Full of political and deadly intrigue. The combat scenes are well crafted and brutal. Skillfully plotted and solidly paced. This is the start of an ambitious series bound for epic proportions.
Lucy on
This is one of the best books I've ever read, and I have several friends who have never read novels but decided they liked reading after this book. Characters that will make you laugh and cry and become sympathetic for. I seriously adore this book!!

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