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A game of thrones

George R. R. Martin (Author), James Sinclair (Illustrator, Book designer), Virginia Norey (Illustrator)
A tale of court intrigues in the land of Seven Kingdoms, a country "blessed by golden summers that go on for years, and cursed by cruel winters that can last a generation." Treachery, murder, incest
Print Book, English, 1996
Bantam Books, New York, 1996
Fantasy fiction
694 pages : maps ; 25 cm
9780553103540, 9780553573404, 9780553381689, 9780553593716, 9780002245845, 9780006479888, 9780007428540, 9780007448036, 9780007548231, 0553103547, 0553573403, 0553381687, 0553593714, 0002245841, 000647988X, 0007428545, 0007448031, 0007548230
As Warden of the North, Lord Eddard Stark counts it a curse when King Robert bestows on him the office of the Hand. His honour weighs him down at court where a true man does what he will, not what he must!and a dead enemy is a thing of beauty. The old gods have no power in the south, Stark's family is split and there is treachery at court. Worse, a vengeance-mad boy has grown to maturity in exile in the Free Cities beyond the sea. Heir of the mad Dragon King deposed by Robert, he claims the Iron Throne, and the struggle for the Iron Throne has begun. It will stretch from the south, where heat breeds plot, lust and intrigues; to the vast frozen north, where a 700-foot wall of ice protects the kingdom from the dark forces that lie beyond
"Copyright © 1996 by George R.R. Martin. Endpaper maps by James Sinclair. Book design by James Sinclair. Heraldic crests by Virginia Norey"--Title page verso
Includes two maps covering the territory of A game of thrones on endpapers