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A dazzling illustrated edition of the book that started it all—for readers of A Song of Ice and Fire and fans of HBO’s Game of Thrones.

Published in celebration of the twentieth anniversary of George R. R. Martin’s landmark series, this lavishly illustrated special edition of A Game of Thrones—featuring gorgeous full-page artwork as well as black-and-white illustrations in every chapter—revitalizes the fantasy masterpiece that became a cultural phenomenon. And now the mystery, intrigue, romance, and adventure of this magnificent saga come to life as never before.
 
A GAME OF THRONES
A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE: BOOK ONE
With a special foreword by John Hodgman
 
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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"The major fantasy of the decade . . . compulsively readable."— Denver Post

"We have been invited to a grand feast and pageant: George R.R. Martin has unveiled for us an intensely realized, romantic but realistic world."— Chicago Sun-Times

"A Best Book of 1996: Martin makes a triumphant return to high fantasy . . . [with] superbly developed characters, accomplished prose, and sheer bloodymindedness."— Publishers Weekly, starred review

"A splendid saga . . . . Inventive and intricately plotted."— BookPage

"Magic . . . George R.R.Martin''s first fantasy epic [is set] well above the norms of the genre."— Locus

"Such a splendid tale and such a fantasticorical! I read my eyes out and couldn''t stop ''til I finished and it was dawn."—Anne McCaffrey

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 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, 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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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. He laughed, put his boot on the head,and kicked it away.

"Ass," Jon muttered, low enough so Greyjoy did not hear. He put a hand on Bran''s shoulder, and Bran looked over at his bastard brother.

"You did well," Jon told him solemnly. Jon was fourteen, an old hand at justice.

It seemed colder on the long ride back to Winterfell, though the wind had died by then and the sun was higher in the sky. Bran rode with his brothers, well ahead of the main party, his pony struggling hard to keep up with their horses.

"The deserter died bravely," Robb said. He was big and broad and growing every day, with his mother''s coloring, the fair skin, red-brown hair, and blue eyes of the Tullys of Riverrun. "He had courage, at the least."

"No," Jon Snow said quietly. "It was not courage. This one was dead of fear. You could see it in his eyes, Stark." Jon''s eyes were a grey so dark they seemed almost black, but there was little they did not see. He was of an age with Robb, but they did not look alike. Jon was slender where Robb was muscular, dark where Robb was fair, graceful and quick where his half brother was strong and fast.

Robb was not impressed. "The Others take his eyes," he swore. "He died well. Race you to the bridge?"

"Done," Jon said, kicking his horse forward. Robb cursed and followed, and they galloped off down the trail, Robb laughing and hooting, Jon silent and intent. The hooves of their horses kicked up showers of snow as they went.

Bran did not try to follow. His pony could not keep up. He had seen the ragged man''s eyes, and he was thinking of them now. After a while, the sound of Robb''s laughter receded, and the woods grew silent again.

That was when Jon reappeared on the crest of the hill before them. He waved and shouted down at them. "Father, Bran, come quickly, see what Robb has found!" Then he was gone again.

Jory rode up beside them. "Trouble, my lord?"

"Beyond a doubt," his lord father said. "Come, let us see what mischief my sons have rooted out now." He sent his horse into a trot. Jory and Bran and the rest came after.

They found Robb on the riverbank north of the bridge, with Jon still mounted beside him. The late summer snows had been heavy this moonturn. Robb stood knee-deep in white, his hood pulled back so the sun shone in his hair. He was cradling something in his arm, while the boys talked in hushed, excited voices.

The riders picked their way carefully through the drifts, groping for solid footing on the hidden, uneven ground. Jory Cassel and Theon Greyjoy were the first to reach the boys. Greyjoy was laughing and joking as he rode. Bran heard the breath go out of him. "Gods!" he exclaimed, struggling to keep control of his horse as he reached for his sword.

Jory''s sword was already out. "Robb, get away from it!" he called as his horse reared under him.

Robb grinned and looked up from the bundle in his arms. "She can''t hurt you," he said. "She''s dead, Jory."

Bran was afire with curiosity by then. He would have spurred the pony faster, but his father made them dismount beside the bridge and approach on foot. Bran jumped off and ran.

By then Jon, Jory, and Theon Greyjoy had all dismounted as well. "What in the seven hells is it?" Greyjoy was saying.

"A wolf," Robb told him.

"A freak," Greyjoy said. "Look at the size of it."

Bran''s heart was thumping in his chest as he pushed through a waist-high drift to his brothers'' side.

Half-buried in blood stained snow, a huge dark shape slumped in death. Ice had formed in its shaggy grey fur, and the faint smell of corruption clung to it like a woman''s perfume. Bran glimpsed blind eyes crawling with maggots, a wide mouth full of yellowed teeth. But it was the size of it that made him gasp. It was bigger than his pony, twice the size of the largest hound in his father''s kennel.

"It''s no freak," Jon said calmly. "That''s a direwolf. They grow larger than the other kind."

Theon Greyjoy said, "There''s not been a direwolf sighted south of the Wall in two hundred years."

"I see one now," Jon replied.

Bran tore his eyes away from the monster. That was when he noticed the bundle in Robb''s arms. He gave a cry of delight and moved closer. The pup was a tiny ball of grey-black fur, its eyes still closed. It nuzzled blindly against Robb''s chest as he cradled it, searching for milk among his leathers, making a sad little whimpery sound. Bran reached out hesitantly. "Go on,"Robb told him. "You can touch him."

Bran gave the pup a quick nervous stroke, then turned as Jon said, "Here you go." His half brother put a second pup into his arms. "There are five of them." Bran sat down in the snow and hugged the wolf pup to his face. Its fur was soft and warm against his cheek.

"Direwolves loose in the realm, after so many years," muttered Hullen, the master of horse. "I like it not."

"It is a sign," Jory said.

Father frowned. "This is only a dead animal, Jory," he said. Yet he seemed troubled. Snow crunched under his boots as he moved around the body. "Do we know what killed her?"

"There''s something in the throat," Robb told him, proud to have found the answer before his father even asked. "There, just under the jaw."
His father knelt and groped under the beast''s head with his hand. He gave a yank and held it up for all to see. A foot of shattered antler, tines snapped off, all wet with blood.

A sudden silence descended over the party. The men looked at the antler uneasily, and no one dared to speak. Even Bran could sense their fear, though he did not understand.

His father tossed the antler to the side and cleansed his hands in the snow. "I''m surprised she lived long enough to whelp," he said. His voice broke the spell.

"Maybe she didn''t," Jory said. "I''ve heard tales . . . maybe the bitch was already dead when the pups came."

"Born with the dead," another man put in. "Worse luck."

"No matter," said Hullen. "They be dead soon enough too."

Bran gave a wordless cry of dismay.

"The sooner the better," Theon Greyjoy agreed. He drew his sword.

"Give the beast here, Bran."

The little thing squirmed against him, as if it heard and understood.

"No!" Bran cried out fiercely. "It''s mine."

"It be a mercy to kill them," Hullen said.

Bran looked to his lord father for rescue, but got only a frown, a furrowed brow. "Hullen speaks truly, son. Better a swift death than a hard one from cold and starvation."

"No!" He could feel tears welling in his eyes, and he looked away. He did not want to cry in front of his father.

"Lord Stark," Jon said. It was strange to hear him call Father that, so formal. Bran looked at him with desperate hope. "There are five pups," he told Father. "Three male, two female."

"What of it, Jon?"

"You have five true born children," Jon said. "Three sons, two daughters. The direwolf is the sigil of your House. Your children were meant to have these pups, my lord."

Bran saw his father''s face change, saw the other men exchange glances. He loved Jon with all his heart at that moment. Even at seven, Bran understood what his brother had done. The count had come right only because Jon had omitted himself. He had included the girls, included even Rickon, the baby, but not the bastard who bore the surname Snow, the name that custom decreed be given to all those in the north unlucky enough to be born with no name of their own.

Their father understood as well. "You want no pup for yourself, Jon?" he asked softly.

"The direwolf graces the banners of House Stark," Jon pointed out. "I am no Stark, Father."

Their lord father regarded Jon thoughtfully. Robb rushed into the silence he left. "I will nurse him myself, Father," he promised. "I will soak a towel with warm milk, and give him suck from that."

"Me too!" Bran echoed.

The lord weighed his sons long and carefully with his eyes. "Easy to say, and harder to do. I will not have you wasting the servants'' time with this. If you want these pups, you will feed them yourselves. Is that understood?"

Bran nodded eagerly. The pup squirmed in his grasp, lickedat his face with a warm tongue.

It was not until they were mounted and on their way that Bran allowed himself to taste the sweet air of victory. By then, his pup was snuggled inside his leathers, warm against him, safe for the long ride home. Bran was wondering what to name him.

Halfway across the bridge, Jon pulled up suddenly.

"What is it, Jon?" their lord father asked.

"Can''t you hear it?"

Bran could hear the wind in the trees, the clatter of their hooves on the ironwood planks, the whimpering of his hungry pup, but Jon was listening to something else.

"There," Jon said. He swung his horse around and galloped back across the bridge. They watched him dismount where the direwolf lay dead in the snow, watched him kneel. A moment later he was riding back to them, smiling.

"He must have crawled away from the others," Jon said.

"Or been driven away," their father said, looking at the sixth pup. His fur was white, where the rest of the litter was grey. His eyes were as red as the blood of the ragged man who had died that morning. Bran thought it curious that this pup alone would have opened his eyes while the others were still blind.

"An albino," Theon Greyjoy said with wry amusement. "This one will die even faster than the others."

Jon Snow gave his father''s ward a long, chilling look. "I think not, Greyjoy," he said. "This one belongs to me."

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Corbin
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Disappointed Beyond Belief, Do Not Purchase as a First Read
Reviewed in the United States on June 10, 2019
I cannot get across how utterly disappointing this edition of A Game of Thrones truly is. The binding is stellar, the covers have an excellent feel to them, and the artwork inside is absolutely gorgeous. All of that, however, is let down but the idiotic editor who chose... See more
I cannot get across how utterly disappointing this edition of A Game of Thrones truly is. The binding is stellar, the covers have an excellent feel to them, and the artwork inside is absolutely gorgeous. All of that, however, is let down but the idiotic editor who chose where the artwork inside the book went, and the embarrassing forward.

The forward is utterly irrelevant to the book itself and stands only to make two political statements (telling the Lannisters to "check your privilege" and using "Make Westeros Great Again" to draw clumsy allegory to real world politics) and spoiling three portions of the book. Yes, the forward actually goes out of its way to spoil three moments in the book, perhaps under the ridiculous assumption that you''ve already seen the HBO TV series and excusing them as "being easy to see coming" and "foreshadowing". The man who wrote the forward not only comes across as arrogant and nasty, but bumbling and dull headed.

Onto the illustrations. While beautiful, a good chunk of them (perhaps a fourth) are actually placed in the wrong chapters or flat out spoil events that will happen in the future. Again with the spoilers; it strikes me that the editors for this edition have no regard for the integrity of the work and care more for filling the pages with pretty colors. This problem could very easily be solved by only placing illustrations at the end of chapters (showing events that have happened or are happening at the chapter close) or by placing all of the illustrations at the end of the book. Placing them at the beginning of the chapter (with some near the end of certain key chapters) only serves to spoil the upcoming events. These aren''t just illustrations of the landscape or people, but actual depictions of events.

I can find no good aspects of this book beyond the tactile feel of the cover and the quality of the illustrations itself. Save yourself some hard earned money and read one of the originally published editions, spoiler free.
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Laurent Shala
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Almost perfect.. but has flaws
Reviewed in the United States on February 22, 2017
This is a really amazing book. I love the TRUE hardcover with the image imprinted on the cover itself (not just a dust sleeve). The story is obviously is top notch. But 2 things really bugged me. 1) some of the images at the beginning of the chapters actually... See more
This is a really amazing book. I love the TRUE hardcover with the image imprinted on the cover itself (not just a dust sleeve). The story is obviously is top notch. But 2 things really bugged me.

1) some of the images at the beginning of the chapters actually spoil what happens in the chapter. Not so great for first time readers. (I am not a first time reader but I thought this was a very important thing to point out)

2) half of the full page color images are actually printed IN THE WRONG CHAPTER. Example: the image of bran in the woods should be in a bran chapter, however it is 3 pages later in a Tyrion chapter. Now I am not sure if this is something wrong with my copy specifically or for every copy, but that is what I received so that is what i am going to review. It was really distracting when I''m reading about Tyrion and suddenly I get a full page color image of a scene from the last chapter.

These two things take away a star. This book is very close to perfect in my opinion but those 2 things just bummed me out.

If these are not a big deal to you, then this book is a must have for any fan of the series/show
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C Bailey
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Book & TV series
Reviewed in the United States on November 8, 2018
I heard friends and co-workers raving about the show GOT before I ever paid attention to the fact it was based on a book series by GRRM. to be perfectly honest I like fantasy epics like LOTR, the Star Wars saga and others like it but in general, I hate reading fiction... See more
I heard friends and co-workers raving about the show GOT before I ever paid attention to the fact it was based on a book series by GRRM. to be perfectly honest I like fantasy epics like LOTR, the Star Wars saga and others like it but in general, I hate reading fiction novels. Don''t get me wrong -- I like reading-- just not fiction. When it comes to fiction, I''d rather just watch the movie -- weird, I know but so many details get missed in movie adaptations of good books that I''d just as soon not "waste" 6-8 hours reading the fictional work, getting pumped for movie release and then being inevitably disappointed about what the directors forgot or what they took liberties with in the movie.

With that said, after season 6 of GOT was released and I was tired of not understanding the GOT references in my favorite TV shows i figured "why not?" I was hooked from the first scenes... I binge watched the whole first season in a single weekend!

After catching up with the show (currently on my 3rd run through), salivating over what season 8 will bring and watching countless YouTube theory videos I came to the conclusion i need to read the books... Yes. The guy who hates reading fiction needed to read the books... I realized you can''t have such an awesome show and crazy fanboys (and fangirls!) without amazing source material.

I polished off book 1 of ASOIAF faster than ANY work of fiction I''ve ever ever laid eyes on... And I couldn''t be more satisfied.
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Khaled
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Some pictures are worth a thousand words.
Reviewed in the United States on October 20, 2016
If only I could go back in time and read it for the first time.
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Eddie Sanchez
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This is a beautiful edition of this book
Reviewed in the United States on October 18, 2016
This is a beautiful edition of this book. Just handling it makes it feel like you are getting your money''s worth. It is a premium product and it shows. The illustrations are gorgeous and it makes it a better read when you have a image to reference what you are reading... See more
This is a beautiful edition of this book. Just handling it makes it feel like you are getting your money''s worth. It is a premium product and it shows. The illustrations are gorgeous and it makes it a better read when you have a image to reference what you are reading every few pages. I really hope they plan on doing this with the rest of the series because i will be the first to buy them.
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E. Scheidt
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Disappointing
Reviewed in the United States on October 22, 2016
I love A Song of Ice and Fire. My review is not against the story, or against the artwork. I am disappointed in the cheap quality of this illustrated edition. I had high expectations, especially after The World of Ice and Fire. The cover feels nice enough,... See more
I love A Song of Ice and Fire. My review is not against the story, or against the artwork. I am disappointed in the cheap quality of this illustrated edition. I had high expectations, especially after The World of Ice and Fire.

The cover feels nice enough, though it is slightly damaged right out of the packaging. No big deal.
The maps in the front and back covers of the north and south are colored , lovely, and much more legible than previous versions.

Getting excited, I started to page through; I could not help but feel let down.
The paper texture is nothing special or luxurious.
A table of contents for the images would have been nice. There are art credits at the end but not a list of each picture''s content.
The vast majority of pictures feel like black and white photo copies. These black and white pictures are placed at the beginning of each chapter. Many feature the most dramatic scene from within the chapter. This unfortunate arrangement results in starting several chapters with a spoiler. I first noticed this on page 140 at the beginning of Catelyn''s chapter. There is a picture of Summer mauling the man with the knife. This scene does not occur until page 145. It would have been stronger to have this picture on page 146. This happens again and again. Maybe not a huge deal if you have already read the series but I would have greatly preferred it if the publisher had cared enough to figure out the best location for each picture within the story. A first time reader should definitely steer clear. Also, it may have looked nicer if the images did not fill the entire page edge to edge with no margins or decorative border, but that is just a stylistic choice.

Some of the pictures will be familiar as they have been recycled from art found in World of Ice and Fire. In World they were in color. Page 636 was on 116 of World. Page 764 was on page 9. Page 486 was on pg 46. Inexplicably, pg 268 has a picture of Ser Elmo Tully from pg 160. That just feels sloppy.

In addition to the photo copy illustrations, there are a handful of higher quality glossy colored pictures throughout (not numbered), the backs of which are completely blank. They serve to make the black and white pictures more disappointing by the comparison. A few of these are placed more appropriately within the story. But not all. Aroung page 436 a picture from the previous Bran chapter appears within a Tyrion chapter. Plus this picture is all wrong as it has Theon aiming at Stiv from the front not from behind. The picture after page 757 shows what will happen to Ned on page 761. Big spoiler there. A great picture of Dany is at the end of a Jon chapter instead of at the end of the book.

I was really looking forward to this edition. Had I known how poorly the publisher would handle the material, I would not have bought it. I will not buy future illustrated editions of the books of the series.
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J
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Not worth the extra cost
Reviewed in the United States on July 24, 2019
Let me first get out of the way: A Game of Thrones is an amazing book. I''ve read hundreds of the things (thousands?), and A Game of Thrones is up there, probably in the top ten. I mean, just look at my username if you want an example of how strongly I feel about these... See more
Let me first get out of the way: A Game of Thrones is an amazing book. I''ve read hundreds of the things (thousands?), and A Game of Thrones is up there, probably in the top ten. I mean, just look at my username if you want an example of how strongly I feel about these books. I love them.

That said, this is not the best format to read it in, especially not for those who have not read the book before.

The foreword is the first hint that the quality of this production is sub par. I''m not sure who "John Hodgman" is, exactly, but in his foreword—which reads like a glorified Reddit comment, clocking in at a scant 3 pages—is not worth the 5 minutes he probably took to write it up. In it, he includes 2 spoilers—one major one—and a ham-fisted, completely out-of-place reference to modern American politics that had me scratching my head. This was pretty disappointed to me, as special editions of books I love usually include illuminating, interesting forewords written by people whose opinions you''d be eager to hear. Judged within those parameters, this Hodgman fellow falls far short.

Anyone expecting a version of Game of Thrones illustrated to the standards of Martin''s other illustrated works such as the wonderful Fire & Blood and A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms will find this falls below their expectations. Though some of the illustrations are quite lovely in a vacuum, the vast majority of them serve to spoil the coming chapter. Some of them, inexplicably, are completely out of place. Incredibly disappointing.

If you''re a new reader, then you absolutely should NOT read this version. Pick up the original hardcover instead. However, if you''re a mega-fan looking for a new edition to re-read, I suppose this might serve if you ignore the awful foreword.

The only people I''d really recommend this version to are those who are fans of the show but have yet to read the books. The spoilerish illustrations won''t ruin anything for you since you already know (generally) what''s going to happen, and the illustrations are numerous enough that it might assist you in removing the actor''s faces from your head as your read, replacing them with the characters as they are in the books. Jon Snow, for example, is a young, unattractive teenager—a far cry from the strapping, handsome Kit Harrington who plays him in the HBO adaptation.
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Caroline
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Just great
Reviewed in the United States on December 17, 2016
As great as I thought it would be. I was very excited for this book because I had a chance to see a sneak peak of the book and the images are STUNNING. I bought the ebook and both iPad and Kindle presented a very good image quality. The ebook is not as great as the physical... See more
As great as I thought it would be. I was very excited for this book because I had a chance to see a sneak peak of the book and the images are STUNNING. I bought the ebook and both iPad and Kindle presented a very good image quality. The ebook is not as great as the physical book because you will lose some of the image details but it still great.
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peter
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game of thrones
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 12, 2017
The illustrated version is definitely worth the money
The illustrated version is definitely worth the money
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Five Stars
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 26, 2017
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Bookworm
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Aufwändig illustrierte Special Edition
Reviewed in Germany on October 19, 2016
Dank der gleichnamigen HBO-Serie kennt inzwischen wohl jeder "A Game of Thrones" von George R. R. Martin. Zahlreiche Ausgaben gibt es bereits von den diversen Büchern dieser Reihe, und nun gibt es zum 20-jährigen Jubiläum auch noch eine illustrierte Ausgabe des...See more
Dank der gleichnamigen HBO-Serie kennt inzwischen wohl jeder "A Game of Thrones" von George R. R. Martin. Zahlreiche Ausgaben gibt es bereits von den diversen Büchern dieser Reihe, und nun gibt es zum 20-jährigen Jubiläum auch noch eine illustrierte Ausgabe des ersten Bandes! Zum Buch - sprich, der Geschichte - selbst will ich hier gar nicht viel sagen. "A Game of Thrones" ist ein fantastischer Roman den ich schon vor einiger Zeit verschlungen habe. Meine Rezension bezieht sich daher primär auf diese Special Edition des Romans. Es handelt sich hierbei um ein gebundenes Buch welches schon ziemlich schwer ist (sprich, falls nötig kann man damit auch mal einen Einbrecher erschlagen ...). Neben dem bereits bekannten Roman enthält diese Ausgabe über 70 ganzseitige Illustrationen verschiedener Künstler in schwarz-weiss, sowie auch einige in Farbe. Mir gefallen die meisten Bilder wirklich gut. Ein paar sind zwar dabei die ich nicht so toll finde, aber das war zu erwarten. Eine 100%ige Trefferquote ist bei so etwas ja eher selten ... ;) Die meisten der Bilder sind nicht an die Schauspieler aus der TV-Serie angelehnt - wer also erwartet diese in den Illustrationen wiederzufinden wird wahrscheinlich enttäuscht sein. Dennoch sind viele der Bilder wirklich sehr gelungen und spiegeln die Geschichte und Charaktere gut wider. Fazit: Wer den Roman liebt und gern illustrierte Ausgaben mag dem wird diese Jubiläums-Edition höchstwahrscheinlich gefallen!
Dank der gleichnamigen HBO-Serie kennt inzwischen wohl jeder "A Game of Thrones" von George R. R. Martin. Zahlreiche Ausgaben gibt es bereits von den diversen Büchern dieser Reihe, und nun gibt es zum 20-jährigen Jubiläum auch noch eine illustrierte Ausgabe des ersten Bandes!

Zum Buch - sprich, der Geschichte - selbst will ich hier gar nicht viel sagen. "A Game of Thrones" ist ein fantastischer Roman den ich schon vor einiger Zeit verschlungen habe. Meine Rezension bezieht sich daher primär auf diese Special Edition des Romans. Es handelt sich hierbei um ein gebundenes Buch welches schon ziemlich schwer ist (sprich, falls nötig kann man damit auch mal einen Einbrecher erschlagen ...). Neben dem bereits bekannten Roman enthält diese Ausgabe über 70 ganzseitige Illustrationen verschiedener Künstler in schwarz-weiss, sowie auch einige in Farbe. Mir gefallen die meisten Bilder wirklich gut. Ein paar sind zwar dabei die ich nicht so toll finde, aber das war zu erwarten. Eine 100%ige Trefferquote ist bei so etwas ja eher selten ... ;)

Die meisten der Bilder sind nicht an die Schauspieler aus der TV-Serie angelehnt - wer also erwartet diese in den Illustrationen wiederzufinden wird wahrscheinlich enttäuscht sein. Dennoch sind viele der Bilder wirklich sehr gelungen und spiegeln die Geschichte und Charaktere gut wider.

Fazit: Wer den Roman liebt und gern illustrierte Ausgaben mag dem wird diese Jubiläums-Edition höchstwahrscheinlich gefallen!
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Cet article n''était pas ce que j''espérais : je croyais qu''il serait illustré avec des photos de la série alors qu''il n''y avait que des dessins. C''est pourquoi je ne l''ai pas gardé mais c''était quand même un très beau livre. Ce que j''aurais aimé trouver est un livre avec les...See more
Cet article n''était pas ce que j''espérais : je croyais qu''il serait illustré avec des photos de la série alors qu''il n''y avait que des dessins. C''est pourquoi je ne l''ai pas gardé mais c''était quand même un très beau livre. Ce que j''aurais aimé trouver est un livre avec les photos de tous les personnages et un recueil d''informations sur chacun (i.e. à quel domaine il appartient (ex. : Winterfell, les Iles de Fer, etc.), ses liens de parentés avec les autres personnages, etc.). Étant donnée la complexité de l''histoire, ça aiderait à s''y retrouver. J''espère que ce commentaire donnera à un quelconque producteur l''idée de le mettre en marché.
Cet article n''était pas ce que j''espérais : je croyais qu''il serait illustré avec des photos de la série alors qu''il n''y avait que des dessins. C''est pourquoi je ne l''ai pas gardé mais c''était quand même un très beau livre.

Ce que j''aurais aimé trouver est un livre avec les photos de tous les personnages et un recueil d''informations sur chacun (i.e. à quel domaine il appartient (ex. : Winterfell, les Iles de Fer, etc.), ses liens de parentés avec les autres personnages, etc.). Étant donnée la complexité de l''histoire, ça aiderait à s''y retrouver. J''espère que ce commentaire donnera à un quelconque producteur l''idée de le mettre en marché.
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Reviewed in Canada on October 26, 2017
Read again in this new beautiful illustrated version, just biding my time until the author finishes ( if ever) the 6th book in the series. The illustrations,mostly in black and white, are beautifully done by different artists. I am deducting a point from my original review...See more
Read again in this new beautiful illustrated version, just biding my time until the author finishes ( if ever) the 6th book in the series. The illustrations,mostly in black and white, are beautifully done by different artists. I am deducting a point from my original review of the book as I felt the art work needed to be labeled. It was not always clear which person or place was being depicted in the gorgeous art work. My original review of the book: 5 stars. Fantasy is not usually a category which appeals to me.I was disturbed by the vulgarity and vivid descriptions of torture and killings, and normally would have quit reading at this point. However, I got hooked on characters so much I read all 5 books in the series to see what would happen to them. The cast includes vampire-like zombies, dragons, witches and wizards, giants riding mammoths into battle, skinchangers who can enter the body of an animal or bird and share their experiences. The actual people in the story seemed more real than many characters in some fiction set in the modern world. Martin is a master story teller. Martin creates a world that consists of 2 continents, Westeros and Essos, with mention of some offshore islands. The story in Westeros involves 7 kingdoms, and the ruling families in each country or kingdom. We get the history of each family and country. Some action also takes place across the sea in Essos. It would be a mistake to get attached to a favorite character, as they may not be around until the end of the series. When one thinks they know where the story is heading and what will happen next, they will probably be wrong. (less)
Read again in this new beautiful illustrated version, just biding my time until the author finishes ( if ever) the 6th book in the series. The illustrations,mostly in black and white, are beautifully done by different artists. I am deducting a point from my original review of the book as I felt the art work needed to be labeled. It was not always clear which person or place was being depicted in the gorgeous art work.

My original review of the book: 5 stars.
Fantasy is not usually a category which appeals to me.I was disturbed by the vulgarity and vivid descriptions of torture and killings, and normally would have quit reading at this point. However, I got hooked on characters so much I read all 5 books in the series to see what would happen to them.
The cast includes vampire-like zombies, dragons, witches and wizards, giants riding mammoths into battle, skinchangers who can enter the body of an animal or bird and share their experiences.
The actual people in the story seemed more real than many characters in some fiction set in the modern world. Martin is a master story teller.
Martin creates a world that consists of 2 continents, Westeros and Essos, with mention of some offshore islands. The story in Westeros involves 7 kingdoms, and the ruling families in each country or kingdom. We get the history of each family and country. Some action also takes place across the sea in Essos.
It would be a mistake to get attached to a favorite character, as they may not be around until the end of the series. When one thinks they know where the story is heading and what will happen next, they will probably be wrong. (less)
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