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A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

A Game of Thrones

Part of the A Song of Ice and Fire Series
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A breathtaking and compelling novel, penned by a master Storyteller. A Game of Thrones feels so authentic, it’s as though it is a written record, based on historical facts. If you haven't previously been tempted by science fiction and fantasy novels, dive in head first and have the most wonderful and exhilarating world opened up to you. But be warned, this is a compulsive read that you may not be able to put down.

The author introduces the huge and varied cast with poetic ease, focusing on a different character in each chapter. The rival and warring factions herald a web of collusion and intrigue. No one is either truly good or evil, everyone has their faults and flaws making each seem so very human. You become as intimate with the less likeable characters as the more favourable ones and you care in some way about every single one of them.

Beautifully descriptive, find yourself swept across land and sea, from ice cold ranges full of unknown fears to grassy plains of provocative conspiracies. Martin is able to tell the story of young, old, male and female with great aplomb; feel the thrill of fear as innocence is lost and lives are threatened and changed forever. ~ Liz Robinson

Published in celebration of the twentieth anniversary of George R. R. Martin's landmark series, this lavishly illustrated special edition of A Game of Thrones - with gorgeous full-page illustrations in every chapter-revitalizes the fantasy masterpiece that became a cultural phenomenon.

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A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

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 centre of the conflict lie the Starks of Winterfell, a family as harsh and unyielding as the land they were born to. Sweeping from a region 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. 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 endeavours to win that deadliest of conflicts: the game of thrones.


'In the grand epic fantasy tradition, Martin is by far the best ... tense, surging, insomnia-inflicting'
Time Magazine

'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'

'Colossal, staggering ... Martin captures all the intoxicating complexity of the Wars of the Roses or Imperial Rome in his imaginary world ... The writing is always powerful ...'

'Truly epic ... with its magnificent action-filled climax, it provides a banquet for fantasy lovers with large appetites.'
Publishers Weekly

About the Author

George R. R. Martin

George R. R. Martin published his first story in 1971 and quickly rose to prominence, winning four HUGO and two NEBULA AWARDs in quick succession before he turned his attention to fantasy with the historical horror novel FEVRE DREAM, now a Fantasy Masterwork. Since then he has won every major award in the fields of fantasy, SF and horror. His magnificent epic saga A Song of Ice and Fire is redefining epic fantasy for a new generation. George R. R. Martin lives in New Mexico.

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18th October 2016


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HarperCollins an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers


896 pages


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