George R. R. Martin's A Game of Thrones 5-Book Boxed Set (Song of Ice and Fire series): A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, A Feast for Crows, and A Dance with Dragons

George R. R. Martin's A Game of Thrones 5-Book Boxed Set (Song of Ice and Fire series): A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, A Feast for Crows, and A Dance with Dragons

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George R. R. Martin's A Game of Thrones 5-Book Boxed Set (Song of Ice and Fire series): A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, A Feast for Crows, and A Dance with Dragons by Geroge R. R. Martin

The perfect gift for fans of HBO’s Game of Thrones—a boxed set featuring the first five novels!

An immersive entertainment experience unlike any other, A Song of Ice and Fire has earned George R. R. Martin—dubbed “the American Tolkien” by Time magazine—international acclaim and millions of loyal readers. Now here is the entire monumental cycle:
 
A GAME OF THRONES
A CLASH OF KINGS
A STORM OF SWORDS
A FEAST FOR CROWS
A DANCE WITH DRAGONS
 
“One of the best series in the history of fantasy.”—Los Angeles Times
 
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.
 
“Long live George Martin . . . a literary dervish, enthralled by complicated characters and vivid language, and bursting with the wild vision of the very best tale tellers.”—The New York Times

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345535528
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/29/2013
Series: Song of Ice and Fire Series
Pages: 5216
Sales rank: 4,398
Product dimensions: 7.10(w) x 8.10(h) x 4.40(d)

About the Author

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 a writer-producer, he 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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PROLOGUE [to A GAME OF THRONES]
 
“We should start back,” Gared urged as the woods began to grow dark around them.
 
“The wildlings are dead.”
 
“Do the dead frighten you?” Ser Waymar Royce asked with just the hint of a smile.
 
Gared did not rise to the bait. He was an old man, past fifty, and he had seen the lordlings come and go. “Dead is dead,” he said. “We have no business with the dead.”
 
“Are they dead?” Royce asked softly. “What proof have we?”
 
“Will saw them,” Gared said. “If he says they are dead, that’s proof enough for me.”
 
Will had known they would drag him into the quarrel sooner or later. He wished it had been later rather than sooner. “My mother told me that dead men sing no songs,” he put in.
 
“My wet nurse said the same thing, Will,” Royce replied. “Never believe anything you hear at a woman’s tit. There are things to be learned even from the dead.” His voice echoed, too loud in the twilit forest.
 
“We have a long ride before us,” Gared pointed out. “Eight days, maybe nine. And night is falling.”
 
Ser Waymar Royce glanced at the sky with disinterest. “It does that every day about this time. Are you unmanned by the dark, Gared?”
 
“Will could see the tightness around Gared’s mouth, the barely suppressed anger in his eyes under the thick black hood of his cloak. Gared had spent forty years in the Night’s Watch, man and boy, and he was not accustomed to being made light of. Yet it was more than that. Under the wounded pride, Will could sense something else in the older man. You could taste it; a nervous tension that came perilous close to fear.
 
Will shared his unease. He had been four years on the Wall. The first time he had been sent beyond, all the old stories had come rushing back, and his bowels had turned to water. He had laughed about it afterward. He was a veteran of a hundred rangings by now, and the endless dark wilderness that the southron called the haunted forest had no more terrors for him.
 
Until tonight. Something was different tonight. There was an edge to this darkness that made his hackles rise. Nine days they had been riding, north and northwest and then north again, farther and farther from the Wall, hard on the track of a band of Wildling raiders. Each day had been worse than the day that had come before it. Today was the worst of all. A cold wind was blowing out of the north, and it made the trees rustle like living things. All day, Will had felt as though something were watching him, something cold and implacable that loved him not. Gared had felt it too. Will wanted nothing so much as to ride hellbent for the safety of the Wall, but that was not a feeling to share with your commander.
 
Especially not a commander like this one.
 
Ser Waymar Royce was the youngest son of an ancient house with too many heirs. He was a handsome youth of eighteen, grey-eyed and graceful and slender as a knife. Mounted on his huge black destrier, the knight towered above Will and Gared on their smaller garrons. He wore black leather boots, black woolen pants, black moleskin gloves, and a fine supple coat of gleaming black ringmail over layers of black wool and boiled leather. Ser Waymar had been a Sworn Brother of the Night’s Watch for less than half a year, but no one could say he had not prepared for his vocation. At least insofar as his wardrobe was concerned.
 
His cloak was his crowning glory; sable, thick and black and soft as sin. “Bet he killed them all himself, he did,” Gared told the barracks over wine, “twisted their little heads off, our mighty warrior.” They had all shared the laugh.
 
It is hard to take orders from a man you laughed at in your cups, Will reflected as he sat shivering atop his garron. Gared must have felt the same.
 
“Mormont said as we should track them, and we did,” Gared said. “They’re dead. They shan’t trouble us no more. There’s hard riding before us. I don’t like this weather. If it snows, we could be a fortnight getting back, and snow’s the best we can hope for. Ever seen an ice storm, my lord?”
 
The lordling seemed not to hear him. He studied the deepening twilight in that half-bored, half-distracted way he had. Will had ridden with the knight long enough to understand that it was best not to interrupt him when he looked like that. “Tell me again what you saw, Will. All the details. Leave nothing out.”
 
Will had been a hunter before he joined the Night’s Watch. Well, a poacher in truth. Mallister freeriders had caught him red-handed in the Mallisters’ own woods, skinning one of the Mallisters’ own bucks, and it had been a choice of putting on the black or losing a hand. No one could move through the woods as silent as Will, and it had not taken the black brothers long to discover his talent.
 
“The camp is two miles farther on, over that ridge, hard beside a stream,” Will said. “I got close as I dared. There’s eight of them, men and women both. No children I could see. They put up a lean-to against the rock. The snow’s pretty well covered it now, but I could still make it out. No fire burning, but the firepit was still plain as day. No one moving. I watched a long time. No living man ever lay so still.”
 
“Did you see any blood?”
 
“Well, no,” Will admitted.
 
“Did you see any weapons?”
 
“Some swords, a few bows. One man had an axe. Heavy-looking, double-bladed, a cruel piece of iron. It was on the ground beside him, right by his hand.”
 
“Did you make note of the position of the bodies?”
 
Will shrugged. “A couple are sitting up against the rock. Most of them on the ground. Fallen, like.”
 
“Or sleeping,” Royce suggested.”
 
“Fallen,” Will insisted. “There’s one woman up an ironwood, half-hid in the branches. A far-eyes.” He smiled thinly. “I took care she never saw me. When I got closer, I saw that she wasn’t moving neither.” Despite himself, he shivered.
 
“You have a chill?” Royce asked.
 
“Some,” Will muttered. “The wind, m’lord.”
 
The young knight turned back to his grizzled man-at-arms. Frost-fallen leaves whispered past them, and Royce’s destrier moved restlessly. “What do you think might have killed these men, Gared?” Ser Waymar asked casually. He adjusted the drape of his long sable cloak.
 
“It was the cold,” Gared said with iron certainty. “I saw men freeze last winter, and the one before, when I was half a boy. Everyone talks about snows forty foot deep, and how the ice wind comes howling out of the north, but the real enemy is the cold. It steals up on you quieter than Will, and at first you shiver and your teeth chatter and you stamp your feet and dream of mulled wine and nice hot fires. It burns, it does. Nothing burns like the cold. But only for a while. Then it gets inside you and starts to fill you up, and after a while you don’t have the strength to fight it. It’s easier just to sit down or go to sleep. They say you don’t feel any pain toward the end. First you go weak and drowsy, and everything starts to fade, and then it’s like sinking into a sea of warm milk. Peaceful, like.”
 
“Such eloquence, Gared,” Ser Waymar observed. “I never suspected you had it in you.”
 
“I’ve had the cold in me too, lordling.” Gared pulled back his hood, giving Ser Waymar a good long look at the stumps where his ears had been. “Two ears, three toes, and the little finger off my left hand. I got off light. We found my brother frozen at his watch, with a smile on his face.”
 
Ser Waymar shrugged. “You ought dress more warmly, Gared.”
 
Gared glared at the lordling, the scars around his ear holes flushed red with anger where Maester Aemon had cut the ears away. “We’ll see how warm you can dress when the winter comes.” He pulled up his hood and hunched over his garron, silent and sullen.
 
“If Gared said it was the cold …” Will began.
 
“Have you drawn any watches this past week, Will?”
 
“Yes, m’lord.” There never was a week when he did not draw a dozen bloody watches. What was the man driving at?
 
“And how did you find the Wall?”
 
“Weeping,” Will said, frowning. He saw it clear enough, now that the lordling had pointed it out. “They couldn’t have froze. Not if the Wall was weeping. It wasn’t cold enough.”
 
Royce nodded. “Bright lad. We’ve had a few light frosts this past week, and a quick flurry of snow now and then, but surely no cold fierce enough to kill eight grown men. Men clad in fur and leather, let me remind you, with shelter near at hand, and the means of making fire.” The knight’s smile was cocksure. “Will, lead us there. I would see these dead men for myself.”
 
And then there was nothing to be done for it. The order had been given, and honor bound them to obey.
 
Will went in front, his shaggy little garron picking the way carefully through the undergrowth. A light snow had fallen the night before, and there were stones and roots and hidden sinks lying just under its crust, waiting for the careless and the unwary. Ser Waymar Royce came next, his great black destrier snorting impatiently. The warhorse was the wrong mount for ranging, but try and tell that to the lordling. Gared brought up the rear. The old man-at-arms muttered to himself as he rode.
 

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George R. R. Martin's A Game of Thrones 5-Book Boxed Set (Song of Ice and Fire series): A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, A Feas 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 592 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My review will focus on the format of the e-books and to contradict several other reviews which are incorrect. I compared the e-books with the hard copies that I have, and these books are exactly the same as the hard copies except for the e-books' use of chapter numbers in the books' respective Table of Contents rather than character names (e.g. "Chapter 1" rather than "Jon"). They contain the Prologues of each book. The bottom line is not cut off at the bottom of each page. These are not "condensed" versions. I like the ability to read the bundle on one Nook device and then pick up at the same page on another Nook device without having to search where I left off (I have a Nook Tablet and also the new Nook HD+ 9 inch). The e-book bundle makes it easy to carry around all 5 stories without lugging heavy tomes around. I'm already in the middle of book 5 (Dance with Dragons), but I've forgotten some plot points and like to refer to the early books. This e-book bundle makes that easy. There is also the ability to do a word search within the e-books, if you need to find something. I don't find the Table of Contents cumbersome at all. It's easy to scroll up and down. Yes, these chapters are numbered rather than listed by character name, but since the author didn't distinguish one "Jon" chapter from another "Jon" chapter, those chapter names wouldn't have been useful anyway. All in all I'm very pleased with this e-book bundle.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I find it funny that people are criticizing a #1 bestselling author who had his book series turned into an award winning show. Just because the story has a lot of beheading, sex, and whatever else people are complaining about does not mean it was poorly written. If you like fantasy, great characters, and a good story line then I definitely suggest this book! A lot of pages but I could not put it down!
One_Picky_Reader More than 1 year ago
Currently reading this series after discovering the HBO series was based on these books. The author spins a great story in a world of kings queens and fearsome creatures.... I Love It and don't want to give away too much and I like it so much even though I had already bought the books I recently aquired the Nook and purchased it to carry with me wherever I go..... Thats how much I enjoy them !!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
George R R Martin is great at building a vast world while keeping you interested in characters you love and love to hate! A must read for any fan of the sci fi or fantqsy generes.
BibliomaniacNumis More than 1 year ago
Game of Thrones is excellent, and so is Clash of Kings--I'm half way through that--that's as far as I've gotten. You should know though that in the Nook book bundle edition the individual chapters are NOT named, only numbered. So, instead of being able to quickly find all the chapters named 'Daenerys' or 'Arya' or 'Tyrion' which would be useful to quickly refer back to a previous chapter, instead you only have a long string of numbers from 1 to 69 say (as in Book Two), which is utterly useless as the chapters aren't even numbered within the books themselves! Why did the publisher or the Nook folks do this ridiculous thing? No clue, but it is what it is. That keeps me from giving this 5 stars, and the fact that the maps are too small to read and cannot be enlarged. Otherwise this bundle is a great buy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I already had the first book when I got my nook but it would have been more expensive to buy books #2 through 5 separately so I just bought this bundle to save a few...turns out the prologue from book 1 isnt even in here...who knows what else is missing...it looks like I may be going to the library to get these individually now which is annoying cause it means my money went in the trash:o(
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would recommend this series to a variety of readers. Fascinating how the story unravels from the perspective of so many characters. I can't wait to share the series with friends and family so we can discuss. So exciting that I wish I could spend all day reading! I can't believe it took me this long to discover. Much more satisfying than the HBO series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Brilliantly written!
Christian_Wolf More than 1 year ago
An anonymous reviewer stated this was one big book. I can tell you that it's not. It's 5 paperbacks in a slipcase as with most 99% of boxed sets.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely worth it. I just finished and I'm considering re reading them again already.
scy-fireader More than 1 year ago
The books are well written. One needs to be able to keep the characters straight. many of the names are similar and there are hundreds of characters to keep track of.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is incredible. I already had read book one when I got my nook so i bought the bundle pack and it has not disappointed me. Reading some of the other reviews made me a little nervous but I went ahead and bought the book. Many of the reviews made the book seem worse than what it turned out to be. If you are thinking of buying this bundle pack, I say DO IT!
BelAirKat More than 1 year ago
The author has created such an intricate and interesting world, with unique cultures, geographies, and most importantly, engaging and interesting characters. It is unpredictable, at times you are frustrated at any one character's plight and lack of luck, but regardless, you cannot put it down. The power play among the various characters is as exciting as any thriller, and you have no idea how anything will end. Warning about highly violent and sexual content, but given the premise, it is very much in context and realistic of the world he is portraying. Can't wait for the next one, and am re-reading this again as there are so many different names and geneologies to remember.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Having all volumes together is such a plus to me...all 8000 pages. I have watched the HBO series from day 1 & find it to be excellent. This is fantasy folks...did u expect Disney? I am not eloquent enough to praise Mr Martin's writing except that I prefer reading it to eating or sleeping!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All five books are combined into one HUGE book in this deal! AND IT SUCKS! It's a pain to navigate and I regret my purchase.
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KateyLou More than 1 year ago
The author creates an amazingly detailed and rich fantasy world. The characters are well developed and intriguing. I have not seen the HBO series, but I can understand why it would make a great series on the screen. I was hooked by the end of the first chapter. I did not find the sex and violence in the series to be gratuitous, but believable and appropriate developments in the story. I did not have any problems with the NOOK format - text was paginated properly. [My one objection to the NOOK version is that the maps are too small to read, and I have not found a way to enlarge them.] That being said, the plot was generally a little dark for my taste. The resolution was not as happy an ending as I was hoping for - matter of personal taste, not artistic talent.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is perhaps the best series I have read since reading the Hobbit, and Lord of the Rings. He is an amazing author. I recommend his work (and do) to everyone.
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