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Song of Ice and Fire, A #1 - A Game of Thrones (1996 Edition)

Song of Ice and Fire, A #1 - A Game of Thrones (1996 Edition)
Category: Novels & Comics
Author: Goerge Martin
Publish Year: 1996
Pages: 725
Dimensions: 6x9x1.75"
Restockable: No
Type: Novel - Hardcover


In A Game of Thrones, the first book of Song of Ice and Fire series, 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.