By George R. R. Martin
For the 1st time, all 5 novels within the epic myth sequence that encouraged HBO’s Game of Thrones are jointly in a single boxed set. An immersive leisure adventure not like the other, A track of Ice and hearth has earned George R. R. Martin—dubbed “the American Tolkien” via Time magazine—international acclaim and hundreds of thousands of dependable readers. Now here's the total enormous cycle:
A online game OF THRONES
A conflict OF KINGS
A typhoon OF SWORDS
A ceremonial dinner OF CROWS
A DANCE WITH DRAGONS
“One of the simplest sequence within the historical past of fantasy.”—Los Angeles Times
iciness is coming. Such is the strict motto of residence Stark, the northernmost of the fiefdoms that owe allegiance to King Robert Baratheon in distant King’s touchdown. There Eddard Stark of Winterfell ideas in Robert’s identify. There his relatives dwells in peace and luxury: his proud spouse, Catelyn; his sons Robb, Brandon, and Rickon; his daughters Sansa and Arya; and his bastard son, Jon Snow. some distance to the north, at the back of the towering Wall, lie savage Wildings and worse—unnatural issues relegated to delusion through the centuries-long summer time, yet proving all too genuine and all too lethal within the turning of the season.
but a extra rapid chance lurks to the south, the place Jon Arryn, the Hand of the King, has died lower than mysterious conditions. Now Robert is using north to Winterfell, bringing his queen, the stunning yet chilly Cersei, his son, the tough, vainglorious Prince Joffrey, and the queen’s brothers Jaime and Tyrion of the strong and prosperous condominium Lannister—the first a swordsman the ultimate, the second one a dwarf whose stunted stature belies a super brain. All are heading for Winterfell and a fateful come upon that would swap the process kingdoms.
in the meantime, around the slender Sea, Prince Viserys, inheritor of the fallen apartment Targaryen, which as soon as governed all of Westeros, schemes to reclaim the throne with a military of barbarian Dothraki—whose loyalty he'll buy within the merely coin left to him: his attractive but blameless sister, Daenerys.
“Long reside George Martin . . . a literary dervish, enthralled by means of advanced characters and shiny language, and bursting with the wild imaginative and prescient of the superior story tellers.”—The long island Times
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