HBO’s hit series A GAME OF THRONES is based on George R. R. Martin’s internationally bestselling series A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE, the greatest fantasy epic of the modern age. A GAME OF THRONES is the first volume in the series.
Summers span decades. Winter can last a lifetime. And the struggle for the Iron Throne has begun.
As Warden of the north, Lord Eddard Stark counts it a curse when King Robert bestows on him the office of the Hand. His honour weighs him down at court where a true man does what he will, not what he must … and a dead enemy is a thing of beauty.
The old gods have no power in the south, Stark’s family is split and there is treachery at court. Worse, the vengeance-mad heir of the deposed Dragon King has grown to maturity in exile in the Free Cities. He claims the Iron Throne.
‘Of those who work in the grand epic fantasy tradition, Martin is by far the best’
‘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’
‘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’
About the author
George R.R. Martin is the author of fourteen novels, including five volumes of A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE, several collections of short stories and numerous screen plays for television drama and feature films. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Game of Thrones is a phenomenon. One that began here, with the astonishing first book in George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Fire and Ice series. Fans of the TV show will bask in the sheer depth of Martin’s universe—his books afford each character and location a level of detail that feels like a banquet. If you’re coming to the story for the first time, prepare to have your mind blown. This is fantasy at its most darkly poetic, nihilistically violent and staggeringly addictive.
An epic story begins...
One of the greatest fantasy stories ever written. I loved Robert Jordan, until George came along and trumped him with this series. I own the books but bought the digital copies so I could carry them with me everywhere. The only disappointment for me - the number of spelling errors throughout. Unfortunately these are plentiful and continue through the rest of the series as well. Not enough to detract from the story, but enough for me to take a star off what is my all-time favourite book series. Keep writing George!
A Game of Thrones
A fantastic start to his series. Complex characters, dynamic plots, tweaking lots of the stereotypes of epic fantasy. Waiting for the TV series to start in Australia in July. Can't recommend it highly enough. Only drawback is he is slow to write the next in the series. A sad drought for the thirsty.
A happy suprise
I never thought I would find a fantasy writer as good as Raymond e Feist but I was wrong. This book is killing my social life it's so good