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)
Always in touch with my inner child. Crazy about alternate realities and science fiction. Oh , I am also pretty stoked by books where people get pregnant. Very loyal to good authors but always looking for another to add to my list
Wide sweeping story with a richness and depth not often seen. Readers beware, no character is sacred. No character is spared.
Don't judge a book by it's show! The voice is amazing too! Yes, it's long, but it's worth every minute!
Really had a difficult time the first few chapters getting to know/remember the characters- there are so many and many many relationships that are important to the story...it was worth the tie to stick with it - very enjoyable!
My wife loves the show but I love listening to it rather than watching it. Just like a medieval soap opera with lots of killing and intrigue. GREAT. If you ever thought about but didn't, DO, you won't be sorry but you will be wanting more.
Roy Dotrice is magnificent. His characterizations are so colored and nuanced I'm able to identify the speaker by voice alone (impressive given the size of the cast).
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