In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow. At the center of the conflict, the Starks of Winterfell hold the key: a reluctant Lord Eddard is summoned to serve as the king's new Hand, an appointment that threatens to sunder both family and kingdom. In this land of extremes, plots and counterplots, soldiers and sorcerers, each side fights to win the deadliest of conflicts: the game of thrones.
©1996 George R.R. Martin, (P)2003 Books On Tape, Inc., published in arrangement with Random House Audio Group,a division of Random House, Inc.
"Martin's trophy case is already stuffed with major prizes...He's probably going to have to add another shelf, at least." (Publishers Weekly)
"The first volume in Martin's first fantasy saga combines intrigue, action, romance, and mystery in a family saga." (Booklist)
"Grabs hold and won't let go. It's brilliant." (Robert Jordan)
"This novel is an absorbing combination of the mythic, the sweepingly historical, and the intensely personal." (Chicago Sun-Times)
Game of thrones is one of my favorite series. it's has a cast if characters, that actually feel like characters. everyone has quirks, flaws, and redeeming traits. The game of thrones series takes place in the middle of a kingdom. but the wars of prior don't cloud the story. while they do provide the basest foundation, for some of it's plots. It is a fantasy book where summers and winters can last years. magic is in the book. But it's not over flowing. as Tolkien said to much magic makes things no as magical. great book you won't regret it.
One of the best book and book series I have ever read.
The characters change and growth along with their true to life and complicated interaction make it a wonderful read/listen.
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