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A Song of Ice and Fire, 7 Volumes [Paperback]

George R. R. Martin
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12 July 2012 A Song of Ice and Fire

George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire is the greatest fantasy epic of the modern age, and is now available in a collectible box set, including an exclusive fold-out map of Westeros. Now a major Sky Atlantic TV series from HBO, featuring a stellar cast.

George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series has set the benchmark for contemporary epic fantasy. Labelled by Time magazine as one of the top 100 most influential people in the world, Martin has conjured a world as complex and vibrant as that of J.R.R. Tolkien’s, populated by a huge cast of fascinating, complex characters, and boasting a history that stretches back twelve thousand years.

Three great storylines weave through the books, charting the civil war for control of the Seven Kingdoms; the defence of the towering Wall of ice in the uttermost north against the unearthly threat of the Others; and across the Narrow Sea the rise to power of Daenerys Targaryen and the last live dragons in the world.

The HBO adaption of A Game of Thrones is currently airing worldwide and has already proved so popular that a second season has been commissioned.

The box set includes:
A GAME OF THRONES
A CLASH OF KINGS
A STORM OF SWORDS, 1: STEEL AND SNOW
A STORM OF SWORDS, 2: BLOOD AND GOLD
A FEAST FOR CROWS
A DANCE WITH DRAGONS, 1: DREAMS AND DUST
A DANCE WITH DRAGONS, 2: AFTER THE FEAST

The dimension of the box set is 197mm x 130mm.

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  • Paperback: 5232 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager (12 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780007477159
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007477159
  • ASIN: 0007477155
  • Product Dimensions: 30.6 x 16 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (767 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

George R.R. Martin is the author of six titles in the A Song of Ice and Fire series: A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords Part One: Steel and Snow, A Storm of Swords Part Two: Blood and Gold, A Feast for Crows and the long-awaited A Dance with Dragons. A Game of Thrones is now a major Sky Atlantic TV series from HBO, starring Sean Bean.

He has also written Fevre Dream, the ultimate science fiction horror novel, several collections of short stories and numerous scripts for television drama. He was also the co-author of SF adventure tale Hunter's Run. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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‘Of those who work in the grand epic fantasy tradition, Martin is by far the best’
Time Magazine

‘Colossal, staggering… Martin captures all the intoxicating complexity of the Wars of the Roses or Imperial Rome’
SFX

‘The sheer-mind-boggling scope of this epic has sent other fantasy writers away shaking their heads… Its ambition: to construct the Twelve Caesars of fantasy fiction, with characters so venomous they could eat the Borgias.’
Guardian

About the Author

George R.R. Martin is the author of fourteen novels, including five volumes of A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE, several collections of short stories and numerous screen plays for television drama and feature films. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.


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267 of 273 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Song of Ice and Fire 21 April 2012
By Dude88
Format:Kindle Edition
Like most I know, I discovered this series when the HBO television adaption aired on Sky in 2011 and was instantly gripped. Since then I have read all of the books back-to-back and wow... they are AMAZING!

I am NOT a typical fantasy fan... in fact the idea of goblins and wizards going off on some good vs evil quest of grand proportions does NOTHING for me. But this is no typical fantasy novel. The story spans several view-points from across the fictional lands of Westeros and beyond. It is a story where no characters are safe from harm (or death) at any time. Each of the character-arcs are expertly woven and plot developments continually keep you in the dark whilst simultaneously steadily moving toward what can be some really devastating conclusions.

What I love about these books is that every character serves their own purpose, has their own private agendas and are all capable of good and bad to one extent or another... they do what they must to survive, and through their actions I found myself able to relate to and bond with these fictional people, who I have loved, loathed, pitied and despised. These novels are extremely character-centric which means the reader really does become emotionally involved with its characters, and believe me I did!

As with a lot of other fantasy series' ASOIAF is set during a medival time-frame, a time defined by murder, chivalry, classes and war... a lot of war. However unlike other fantasy series' magic and mythical monsters do not play a major role, but instead is allowed to steadily build and spread from the beginning, with beings such as the mystical Others, skin changers, wights, dragons and more. This gives the series more of a realistic grounding, and is perfectly researched by Martin.

The bottom line is that I found this series truly addictive. It was difficult to put down at times and I really cannot recommend it enough. Give it a go... you will not regret it!
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188 of 199 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Song of Ice and Fire, 7 Volumes, Spoiler Free! 29 Aug 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
For all Game of Thrones or Song of Ice and Fire fans this is the set to get. First of all great service from Amazon, it came a day earlier then expected, which was fantastic. The story, itself, is brilliant; there are a tone of great characters that develop superbly in a gigantic, fantasy medieval world called Westeros, ( a very authentic map of Westeros is actually included in this set if you buy it in papaerback and it's easily nice enough to be framed if you're a massive fan) the story lines are very exciting and there is always a good fear for the characters as Martin doesn't mind killing them.

However if you are new to the series I'd recommend you pick up the first in the series, A Game of Thrones, or watch some of the TV show before buying this to see if the series is definitely to your taste. A lot of people complained that there is too much sex, swearing, detail and that their favorite characters were killed off. If you don't like any of that in the your fiction then I wouldn't suggest the series to you. If, however, you love that sort of stuff in your fiction, like me, then I urge you to go read A Game of Thrones right now or try and catch the TV show.

The books themselves are a lot better quality then the previous paperbacks. Before I bought this set I already owned all of the books but they were very used, small fat things with tiny print and the hardback of the fifth title was very, very heavy and after a while a nuisance to hold, if you have kindle those issues are not a problem but a lot of people have been annoyed with the kindle edition so I wouldn't recommend that unless the kindle edition is significantly cheaper. These paperbacks are taller, slimmer and the print is easier on the eye then older editions.
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130 of 140 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Books - Poor Kindle version 7 Jun 2012
By Eryst
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
These novels are amazing, I cannot recommend them enough. Well thought out and detailed characters, with compelling story arcs, the pace is not rushed nor overly long. If you like the TV series, these books are much more vivid and detailed.

The only drawbacks are with the kindle version which is expensive and of poor quality.

As well as being expensive (under the agency model used by Amazon to allow publishers to set prices, which is currently under investigation as to being anti competitve) the Kindle version is poorly structured (all books are in a single file and the left/right navigation jumps to the start of each book rather than each chapter) and there are typographical errors.

Often you are left wondering what a word like "ndes" means when in context it should have clearly been "rides". I had hoped this was an isolated instance but have counted at least three in the first third of the second book. (I purchased the five book kindle version after reading the first in paperback)

If we are paying a premium price for a product that costs virtually nothing to distribute, they could at least ensure that the quality was the same as their printed material.

Love the books (so far), love my Kindle, disappointed with this Kindle version.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Staggering 9 April 2013
Format:Paperback
I have read all seven volumes and I have to give them a 5 star rating even though there's a lot I don't like about them. For instance, there's the hideous violence. I'm not saying it's not true to life, but I'm not sure I want to read it. Also, very unsexy sex, which is so obviously written by a man. But there it is. I read all 7 and the plotting is so dense, the characterization so good and the imagery is fantastic. Mr Martin is a fine writer. I won't go into the plots as they are so complicated and it's not necessary, but I was sorry when the books ended and I am now on tenterhooks waiting for the next. I am a big fan of Tolkien and in some ways these books are better. Not so prissy for a start.
If you are like me you will start the first one and lose youself in this extraordinary uber medieval world. My husband died suddenly whilst I was reading the second book and night after night, I would sit up and read. Literally, they got me through his death. There are some terrific characters (some of whom Martin kills off) but you still root for them. My favourites are Tyrion, Jon Snow and Brienne.
Lose yourself in the legend and the imagery. Fantastic.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent literature, terrible Kindle file
In short this is a great set of books, however the kindle file is poor, I paid 7.99, I notice the price jumped to 18.66 when the new series started on TV. Read more
Published 4 hours ago by W. J. Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars Immersive storylines; loveable characters
Buy this book! You won't regret it! I'm an avid reader and yet this book still astounds me with its complexity. Be warned though, you'll lose hours reading this series! Read more
Published 4 hours ago by Miss R D Morris
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
An exciting and engaging storyline that will have you hooked from the moment you pick it up. The complex world created in these books will enthral you.
Published 8 hours ago by James
2.0 out of 5 stars damaged
outer box was broken.....the books are amazing but this was a gift so we didnt find out until it was too late.
Published 1 day ago by Teri Winnall
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good speed and quality!
The books are so good that I cannot love them more! brilliant map also.

Highly recommend you to buy one set if you're a fan of it.
Published 1 day ago by Xinyi HAN
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
This is a great read and is highly recommended. Having all 5 books in one could not be better. Excellent price as well.
Published 1 day ago by S. Corking
5.0 out of 5 stars perfect!
I love it! My son is glad to have the book by the time the new season started. We got it on time! Thanks!
Published 2 days ago by Catherine TEISSIER
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping read
Had the kindle version for my Mother's Day present. Can't put it down! Will read the whole set back to back.
Published 2 days ago by Mrs Diane Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent books, great value
Excellent books and value! It's a perfect read for travelling and the kindle version for all the current books was 7.99
Published 2 days ago by Uss
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime yet evoking
A fantastic read from cover to cover, every page turn urges you on until the next and the next and so on and so forth. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Craig Gracie
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