Originally published: New York: Bantra Spectra, 1996.
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Readers of epic fantasy series are: (1) patient--they are left in suspense between each volume, (2) persistent--they reread or at least review the previous book(s) when a new installment comes out, (3) strong--these 700-page doorstoppers are heavy, and (4) mentally agile--they follow a host of characters through a myriad of subplots. In A Game of Thrones, the first book of a projected six, George R.R. Martin rewards readers with a vividly real world, well-drawn characters, complex but coherent plotting, and beautifully constructed prose, which Locus called "well above the norms of the genre."
Martin's Seven Kingdoms resemble England during the Wars of the Roses, with the Stark and Lannister families standing in for the Yorks and Lancasters. The story of these two families and their struggle to control the Iron Throne dominates the foreground; in the background is a huge, ancient wall marking the northern border, beyond which barbarians, ice vampires, and direwolves menace the south as years-long winter advances. Abroad, a dragon princess lives among horse nomads and dreams of fiery reconquest.
There is much bloodshed, cruelty, and death, but A Game of Thrones is nevertheless compelling; it garnered a Nebula nomination and won the 1996 Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel. So, on to A Clash of Kings! --Nona VeroFrom the Publisher:
"The major fantasy of the decade . . . compulsively readable."
--The 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."
"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."
"Magic . . . George R.R.Martin's first fantasy epic [is set] well above the norms of the genre."
"Such a splendid tale and such a fantasticorical! I read my eyes out and couldn't stop 'til I finished and it was dawn."
Locus Award Winner: Best Fantasy Novel
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Book Description HarperCollins, 1996. Soft cover. Book Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. VGC.HarperCollins,1996.First UK paperback edition-first printing(1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9).Large format paperback(a couple of small nicks and crease on the edges of the cover and spine) in VGC.Illustrated with two b/w maps.Nice and clean pages but with many ink marks and small marks on the outer edges,small creases and nicks on the edges of the pages,some marks and ink marks on the edges of some of the pages,four marks inside the edges of the front and back covers.The book is in VGC with light shelf wear.694pp including Appendix. A collectable first paperback edition-first printing. Heavy book. This is another paragraph Book Description: HBOãs hit series A GAME OF THRONES is based on George R. R. Martinãs 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. It will stretch from the south, where heat breeds plot, lusts and intrigues; to the vast and savage eastern lands; all the way to the frozen north, where an 800-foot wall of ice protects the kingdom from the dark forces that lie beyond. Kings and queens, knights and renegades, liars, lords and honest menÓ all will play the Game of Thrones. Bookseller Inventory # 9267