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300 years before A Game of Thrones, an even greater game began, one that set the skies alight with dragon flame and saw the Seven Kingdoms turned to ash. So began the Targaryens' bloody rule, with fire and blood. Setting brother against brother, mother against daughter, and dragon against dragon. Chronicled by a learned maester of the Citadel, this thrilling and bloody history of Westeros tells the story of where the battle for the Iron Throne began...
The complete box set of George R R Martin's internationally bestselling series A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE, the greatest fantasy epic of the modern age. George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series has set the benchmark for contemporary epic fantasy. Labelled by Time magazine as one of the top 100 most influential people in the world, Martin has conjured a world as complex and vibrant as that of J.R.R. Tolkien's, populated by a huge cast of fascinating, complex characters, and boasting a history that stretches back twelve thousand years. The box set includes: A GAME OF THRONES A CLASH OF KINGS A STORM OF SWORDS, 1: STEEL AND SNOW A STORM OF SWORDS, 2: BLOOD AND GOLD A FEAST FOR CROWS A DANCE WITH DRAGONS The dimension of the box set is 178mm x111mm.
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. The books in The Song of Ice and Fire Series: 1. A Game of Thrones 2. A Clash of Kings 3. A Storm of Swords Part 1: Steel and Snow 4. A Storm of Swords Part 2: Blood and Gold 5. A Feast for Crows 6. A Dance With Dragons Part 1: Dreams and Dust 7. A Dance With Dragons Part 2: After the Feast Other Books From the Realm: Fire and Blood Serial Reader? Check out our 'Fall in Love With a Book Series' collection to find amazing book series to dive in to.
This rich and astonishing saga continues, as Martin reigns supreme over his spellbinding lands. The sequel to A Game of Thrones lives up to and exceeds expectations. Again we follow three main tales: five Kings ruthlessly fighting to claim the Seven Kingdoms, a potential Queen plotting a triumphant return and and then there's The Wall, just what is happening north of The Wall? With treachery and murder rife in the first novel, some new and formidable characters are introduced. The author is adept at handling so large a cast, they all feel absolutely essential to the story. The younger characters are having to discover an inner core of steel; who if anyone are they able to trust? Alliances are forged in water, lives are balanced on a knifes edge, luck can not be depended upon; wile and strategy rule. Martin weaves his bewitching tale, in such a powerful and satisfying way, you live in the narrative alongside his characters. By the end of the novel, you will want to plunge straight into the next, so you can continue to live in this vivid and captivating world.
The third novel in the epic A Song of Ice and Fire series has been split into two books; the first part Steel and Snow continues to reinforce the reputation of this masterful conjurer of the written word. Martin has the wonderful ability to make a living breathing world without a whiff of the fanciful; yet dragons fly and the Others are a terrifying menace that the majority of the realm cannot even begin to imagine. You should be used to the unpredictable twists and turns that Martin is so skilful at composing, however he still has the ability to stun with his sudden change of pace. You may well find yourself begging the author not to slaughter your favourites (who are not necessarily the most admirable) as surprises continue apace and characters you previously loathed with good reason, start to reveal hidden depths. Steel and Snow feels as though a towering and precarious set of building blocks is being deftly constructed, just in time to crash to the ground during the second part of a Storm of Swords; Blood and Gold. ~ Liz Robinson
A triumphant Blood and Gold erupts from the seeds of expectation sown in Steel and Snow, in the most gripping and addictive novel of A Song of Ice and Fire yet. Martins writing just keeps getting better and better, his attention to detail is astonishing as he brings this unpredictable and wondrous world to life. The heart and soul of this epic series is found in the structure of the land; from the teeming towns and cities crowded with infighting to the war ravaged countryside overflowing with cunning and retribution. Revenge… revenge is a dark, all consuming and torturous course to take; the women in this series seem to walk its treacherous path more than most. Suspect everyone, trust no one, particularly those you have betrayed (even more so if they are family). Innocence and honour flounders, however a scattering of the dishonourable fleetingly visit gallantry and once in a blue moon, one of the more corrupt and contemptible characters is handed well deserved justice. The next in the series, A Feast for Crows is a must read after this engrossing masterpiece and whatever you do, don’t forget, Winter is coming!
Cleverly crafted penmanship continues in this epic series of A Song of Ice and Fire. Travel a lesser known and secluded path, into the back woods of scheming and secret passageways of learning. Subterfuge shelters a number of characters as they hide in plain sight, while others take refuge in artifice and deception. Knowledge is the master of all, with ancient wisdom and important lore being sought by those gifted with shrewdness and foresight. The previous structure of the series alters slightly in a Feast for Crows, which may be a little disconcerting, however the author explains his reasoning at the end of the novel. Absent characters, who you may be well be yearning for, will make a return in A Dance with Dragons. We are given the chance to witness some smaller, more intimate tales of lesser known characters, who none the less influence the developing record of this land. Martin is expertly and resourcefully laying history at our feet, it really does feel as though he is steering us towards a huge reckoning, so everything, even the smallest detail, should be savoured along the way.
After the Feast, the second part of the fifth volume of a Song of Ice and Fire is intensely captivating and heralds a victorious return by the Bard of Storytelling. All of the living (and possibly some dead) characters are back with a vengeance and the dragons are maturing alongside their flames. Martins impressively compelling world is most definitely on the move again. The authors strength lies in his ability to continuously surprise, with his differing tales writhing and fusing together before capriciously exploding apart. Venom comes in many different forms; hostile thoughts and malicious words can be just as dangerous as poison if used shrewdly. The skirmishes and battles for power, revenge and sometimes just plain but vital survival continue. The next novel in the series is awaited with bated breath, the tantalising title Winds of Winter declares that Winter is coming, whether the Westeros world is ready or not.
Magnificently descriptive and eloquent, Dreams and Dust continues to bring to life a realm and characters so real, you feel you can reach out and touch them. Martins ability to compose a substantial and tangible world is absolute. The beginning of Dreams and Dust takes you back, to just after A Storm of Swords and runs concurrently alongside A Feast for Crows. A period of relative peace dawns, allowing the dragons and other characters time to grow and collations to form and be rent asunder. In a time to forge alliances, it is essential that every thought and move is considered. The hidden is slowly revealed, yet another claimant enters the fray and predatory courtship prowls to the forefront alongside ambition. A Dance with Dragons has been split into two, as soon as you have finished Dreams and Dust you will want to race straight into After the Feast. There are apparently two more books to come in the A Song of Ice and Fire series and you can't help but feel that we are currently experiencing an unnatural calm before the thunderous storm.