A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book One) | George R.R. MartinA Song of Ice and Fire is an award-winning series of best-selling books of epic fantasy novels by American author and scriptwriter George R. The series currently comprises five published novels with two more anticipated to bring the series to a conclusion. The fifth book, A Dance with Dragons , was published on 12 July There are also three prequel novellas set in the same world. Game of Thrones is the television adaptation of the books. The Tales of Dunk and Egg are a series of prequel novellas set about 90 years before the events of the main A Song of Ice and Fire series. The first three novellas were released in unrelated sci-fi and fantasy short story collections.
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Martin believes the last two volumes of the series will total over 3, manuscript pages. The Winds of Winter will take readers farther north than any of the previous books, and the Others will appear in the book. And then take it from there. Winter is the time when things die, and cold and ice and darkness fill the world, so this is not going to be the happy feel-good that people may be hoping for. Some of the characters [are] in very dark places. Things get worse before they get better, so things are getting worse for a lot of people.
Here is the first volume in George R. - In some areas, the paperback edition was published in two parts, titled Dreams and Dust and After the Feast. It was the first novel in the series to be published following the commencement of the HBO series adaptation, Game of Thrones , and runs to 1, pages with a word count of almost ,
Martin began writing the series in and the first volume was published in Originally planned as a trilogy, the series now consists of five published volumes; a further two are planned. In addition there are three prequel novellas currently available, with several more being planned, and a series of novella-length excerpts from the main Ice and Fire novels. The story of A Song of Ice and Fire takes place in a fictional world , primarily on a continent called Westeros but also on a large landmass to the east, known as Essos. There are three principal story lines in the series: the chronicling of a dynastic civil war for control of Westeros among several competing families; the rising threat of the Others, who dwell beyond an immense wall of ice that forms Westeros' northern border; and the ambition of Daenerys Targaryen , the exiled daughter of a king who was murdered in another civil war fifteen years before, to return to Westeros and claim her rightful throne.
It was first published on August 8, , in the United Kingdom,  with a United States edition following in November Its publication was preceded by a novella called Path of the Dragon , which collects some of the Daenerys Targaryen chapters from the novel into a single book. At the time of its publication, A Storm of Swords was the longest novel in the series. It was so long that in the UK, Ireland, Australia, and Israel, its paperback edition was split in half, Part 1 being published as Steel and Snow in June with the one-volume cover and Part 2 as Blood and Gold in August with a specially-commissioned new cover. The same division was used in the Polish and Greek editions.