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A Game of Thrones

A Song of Ice and Fire: Book One

NOW THE ACCLAIMED HBO SERIES GAME OF THRONES—THE MASTERPIECE THAT BECAME A CULTURAL PHENOMENON

 

Winter is coming. Such is the stern motto of House Stark, the northernmost of the fiefdoms that owe allegiance to King Robert Baratheon in far-off King’s Landing. There Eddard Stark of Winterfell rules in Robert’s name. There his family dwells in peace and comfort: his proud wife, Catelyn; his sons Robb, Brandon, and Rickon; his daughters Sansa and Arya; and his bastard son, Jon Snow. Far to the north, behind the towering Wall, lie savage Wildings and worse—unnatural things relegated to myth during the centuries-long summer, but proving all too real and all too deadly in the turning of the season.

 

Yet a more immediate threat lurks to the south, where Jon Arryn, the Hand of the King, has died under mysterious circumstances. Now Robert is riding north to Winterfell, bringing his queen, the lovely but cold Cersei, his son, the cruel, vainglorious Prince Joffrey, and the queen’s brothers Jaime and Tyrion of the powerful and wealthy House Lannister—the first a swordsman without equal, the second a dwarf whose stunted stature belies a brilliant mind. All are heading for Winterfell and a fateful encounter that will change the course of kingdoms.

 

Meanwhile, across the Narrow Sea, Prince Viserys, heir of the fallen House Targaryen, which once ruled all of Westeros, schemes to reclaim the throne with an army of barbarian Dothraki—whose loyalty he will purchase in the only coin left to him: his beautiful yet innocent sister, Daenerys.
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PRAISE FOR GEORGE R. R. MARTIN'S

A Game of Thrones

"Grabs hold and won't let go. It's brilliant."-Robert Jordan

"Reminiscent of T. H. White's The Once and Future King, this novel is an absorbing combination of the mythic, the sweepingly historical, and the intensely personal."-Chicago Sun-Times

A Clash of Kings

"A truly epic fantasy . . . bedazzled by swords and spells wielded to devastating effect . . . a banquet for fantasy lovers with large appetites."-Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Martin amply fulfills the first volume's promise and continues what seems destined to be one of the best fantasy series ever written."-The Denver Post

"High fantasy with a vengeance."-The San Diego Union-Tribune

A Storm of Swords

"George R. R. Martin continues to take epic fantasy to new levels of insight and sophistication, resonant with the turmoils and stress of the world we call our own."-Locus

"Riveting . . . a series whose brilliance continues to dazzle."-Patriot News

A Feast for Crows

"Of those who work in the grand epic-fantasy tradition, Martin is by far the best. In fact . . . this is as good a time as any to proclaim him the American Tolkien."-Time
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George R. R. Martin is the #1 
New York Times bestselling author of many novels, including the acclaimed series A Song of Ice and Fire—
A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, A Feast for Crows, and
 A Dance with Dragons—as well as 
Tuf Voyaging, Fevre Dream, The Armageddon Rag, Dying of the Light, Windhaven (with Lisa Tuttle),
 and
 Dreamsongs Volumes I and
 II. He is also the creator of 
The Lands of Ice and Fire, a collection of maps from A Song of Ice and Fire featuring original artwork from illustrator and cartographer Jonathan Roberts, and 
The World of Ice & Fire (with Elio M. García, Jr., and Linda Antonsson). As a writer-producer, Martin has worked on 
The Twilight Zone, Beauty and the Beast, and various feature films and pilots that were never made. He lives with the lovely Parris in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
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  • The morning had dawned clear and cold, with a crispness that hinted at the end of summer. They set forth at daybreak to see a man beheaded, twenty in all, and Bran rode among them, nervous with excitement. This was the first time he had been deemed old enough to go with his lord father and his brothers to see the king's justice done. It was the ninth year of summer, and the seventh of Bran's life.

    The man had been taken outside a small holdfast in the hills. Robb thought he was a wildling, his sword sworn to Mance Rayder, the King-beyond-the-Wall. It made Bran's skin prickle to think of it. He remembered the hearth tales Old Nan told them. The wildlings were cruel men, she said, slavers and slayers and thieves. They consorted with giants and ghouls, stole girl children in the dead of night, and drank blood from polished horns. And their women lay with the Others in the Long Night to sire terrible half-human children.

    But the man they found bound hand and foot to the holdfast wall awaiting the king's justice was old and scrawny, not much taller than Robb. He had lost both ears and a finger to frostbite, and he dressed all in black, the same as a brother of the Night's Watch, except that his furs were ragged and greasy.

    The breath of man and horse mingled, steaming, in the cold morning air as his lord father had the man cut down from the wall and dragged before them. Robb and Jon sat tall and still on their horses, with Bran between them on his pony, trying to seem older than seven, trying to pretend that he'd seen all this before. A faint wind blew through the holdfast gate. Over their heads flapped the banner of the Starks of Winterfell: a grey direwolf racing across an ice-white field.

    Bran's father sat solemnly on his horse, long brown hair stirring in the wind. His closely trimmed beard was shot with white, making him look older than his thirty-five years. He had a grim cast to his grey eyes this day, and he seemed not at all the man who would sit before the fire in the evening and talk softly of the age of heroes and the children of the forest. He had taken off Father's face, Bran thought, and donned the face of Lord Stark of Winterfell.

    There were questions asked and answers given there in the chill of morning, but afterward Bran could not recall much of what had been said. Finally his lord father gave a command, and two of his guardsmen dragged the ragged man to the ironwood stump in the center of the square. They forced his head down onto the hard black wood. Lord Eddard Stark dismounted and his ward Theon Greyjoy brought forth the sword. "Ice," that sword was called. It was as wide across as a man's hand, and taller even than Robb. The blade was Valyrian steel, spell-forged and dark as smoke. Nothing held an edge like Valyrian steel.

    His father peeled off his gloves and handed them to Jory Cassel, the captain of his household guard. He took hold of Ice with both hands and said, "In the name of Robert of the House Baratheon, the First of his Name, King of the Andals and the Rhoynar and the First Men, Lord of the Seven Kingdoms and Protector of the Realm, by the word of Eddard of the House Stark, Lord of Winterfell and Warden of the North, I do sentence you to die." He lifted the great sword high above his head.

    Bran's bastard brother Jon Snow moved closer. "Keep the pony well in hand," he whispered. "And don't look away. Father will know if you do."

    Bran kept his pony well in hand, and did not look away.
    His father took off the man's head with a single sure stroke. Blood sprayed out across the snow, as red as summerwine. One of the horses reared and had to be restrained to keep from bolting. Bran could not take his eyes off the blood. The snows around the stump drank it eagerly, reddening as he watched.

    The head bounced off a thick root and rolled. It came up near Greyjoy's feet. Theon was a lean, dark youth of nineteen who found everything amusing.
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Seitenzahl 704
Erscheinungsdatum 01.08.1996
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-0-553-10354-0
Verlag Random House LCC US
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Grandios!
von Verena Gwosdz aus Offenbach am 24.12.2011
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Martins "A Song of Ice and Fire"-Reihe ist eine der besten Fantasy-Reihen überhaupt. Extrem komplexe Charaktere, fantastische Story mit allem, was das Fantasy-Herz begehrt, und eine richtig stimmungsvolle Atmosphäre. Schon meint man, die einzelnen Protagonisten durchschaut zu haben, da versteht George Martin es sehr geschickt, d... Martins "A Song of Ice and Fire"-Reihe ist eine der besten Fantasy-Reihen überhaupt. Extrem komplexe Charaktere, fantastische Story mit allem, was das Fantasy-Herz begehrt, und eine richtig stimmungsvolle Atmosphäre. Schon meint man, die einzelnen Protagonisten durchschaut zu haben, da versteht George Martin es sehr geschickt, den Leser eines Besseren zu belehren. Spannend, fesselnd und dabei wirklich auch unterhaltend. Neben Patrick Rothfuss derzeit mein absoluter Favorit!

mittelalter-saga mit einem schuss fantasy
von tobias moos am 26.06.2008
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wow! endlich eine fantasy saga die sich sehen lässt. grösstenteils spielt die geschichte auf einem kontinent der dem europäischen mittelalter entspricht. dazu kommt ein kleiner schuss fantasy (drachen haben nachweislich existiert, ganz wenig magie) und ein grosser teil intrigen. der start ist etwas schwierig, da viele charakt... wow! endlich eine fantasy saga die sich sehen lässt. grösstenteils spielt die geschichte auf einem kontinent der dem europäischen mittelalter entspricht. dazu kommt ein kleiner schuss fantasy (drachen haben nachweislich existiert, ganz wenig magie) und ein grosser teil intrigen. der start ist etwas schwierig, da viele charaktere gleichzeitig eingeführt werden. hat man sich erstmal daran gewöhnt, lässt einem die geschichte über die sieben königreiche nicht mehr los. sehr empfehlenswert!

Grandioser Auftakt eines gigantische Fantasy-Epos
von einer Kundin/einem Kunden am 04.08.2005

George Martin erweist sich als Meister darin, eine anspruchvolle Welt und ein Menge vielschichtiger Charaktere zu erschaffen. Trotz der Vielzahl der Charaktere geht die Übersicht nie verloren. Die Aufteilung der Kaptiel nach einzelnen Charakteren ist wirklich sehr gut gelungen. Die Handlung ist spannend, und das Buch nimmt imm... George Martin erweist sich als Meister darin, eine anspruchvolle Welt und ein Menge vielschichtiger Charaktere zu erschaffen. Trotz der Vielzahl der Charaktere geht die Übersicht nie verloren. Die Aufteilung der Kaptiel nach einzelnen Charakteren ist wirklich sehr gut gelungen. Die Handlung ist spannend, und das Buch nimmt immer wieder neue Wendungen. Martin schreckt auch nicht davor zurück Hauptcharaktere das zeitliche Segnen zu lassen, eine für Fantasyromane ja eher unübliche Eigenart. Martins Englisch ist auch für ungeübt Leser englischer Literatur leicht zugänglich, also auch als Einstieg in englische Fantasy zu empfehlen. Tad Williams ist hier etwa deutlich anspruchsvoller. Fazit: Ein rundum gelungener Auftakt eines grandiosen Fantasy-Epos. Für alle Fans von Autoren wie Tolkien oder Williams uneingeschränkt zu empfehlen. Daumen hoch!