A beautifully presented slipcased edition of A Game of Thrones, the first volume in the hugely popular and highly acclaimed epic fantasy series A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE: the ultimate collector's item for any fan. Now a major Sky Atlantic TV series from HBO, starring Sean Bean. 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 men! all will play the Game of Thrones. Winter is coming!
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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 Harper Voyager, 2011. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. Collectors slipcased edition. An unread copy that is still in the shrinkwrap. Shringwrap just has small tear at front bottom left. Bookseller Inventory # 5796
Book Description Harper Voyage, 2011. HardBack. Book Condition: As New. First Edition. Published 2011 by Harper Voyager. As new, still cellophane wrapped, comes in dark blue slipcase with gold dragon logo. Dark blue boards, gold gilt text. Bookseller Inventory # 100091127