Dust jacket and interior illustrations by Ted Nasmith.
Important Note: You may order one copy of each edition of A Game of Thrones only if you have not ordered before. If you have ordered an edition previously, you may not order the same edition again.
First published in 1996, A Game of Thrones is the opening movement of A Song of Ice and Fire, a vast, ongoing saga that may well be the finest epic fantasy of modern times. Set in and around the Seven Kingdoms, a mythical realm where seasons can last for years or even decades, it is a compelling, immensely complex narrative filled with drama, passion, and a host of unforgettable characters.
The story begins in Winterfell, the northernmost of the Seven Kingdoms, as the long, deceptively benign summer comes to an end. Eddard (Ned) Stark, lord of Winterfell, finds himself removed from the familiar—and comforting—routines of his life by an unexpected visit from King Robert Baratheon, his ruler and longtime friend. Robert offers Ned the crucial political position of Hand of the King, a position Ned does not want and cannot refuse. Against his will, he leaves his home and much of his family and travels south to the royal seat of power at King’s Landing. Once there, his life—and the lives of everyone he cares for most—will change in astonishing, often tragic ways.
What follows is a wholly absorbing account of a struggle for power played out against a colorful, richly imagined landscape. With a narrative mastery that is little short of amazing, George R. R. Martin patiently unfolds a sprawling fictional canvas that comes to seem more real and more vivid than the everyday world we inhabit. A Game of Thrones encompasses moments of beauty and horror, loyalty and betrayal, desperate love and unmitigated cruelty, offering resonant images and memorable incidents on virtually every page. It is the clear product of a master storyteller, a novelist of great ambition and seemingly limitless imaginative reach. Together with its equally ambitious successors, it stands at the very pinnacle of contemporary fantasy, and will continue to set the standard for a good many years to come.
Limited: 500 numbered sets, signed by author and artist, bound in cloth, housed in a custom slipcase
Lettered: 52 sets, signed by author and artist, with a remarque by the artist, housed in a custom slipcase
Production Notes—A Game of Thrones will feature:
- roughly 70 black and white interior illustrations, including chapter heads, full page illustrations, and vignettes;
- different dust jackets for each of the two volumes in the set;
- three full-color interior illustrations in the limited edition, with an extra full-color piece exclusive to the lettered;
- stamped artwork on the slipcases, one color on the limited edition, two colors for the lettered edition;
- an original remarque, or small illustration, by Ted Nasmith on the signature page of the lettered edition.
- Ted Nasmith
- George R. R. Martin
- 982 pages
- United States
- Out of Print