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A Song of Ice and Fire 01. A Game of Thrones

A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

NOW THE ACCLAIMED HBO SERIES GAME OF THRONES—THE MASTERPIECE THAT BECAME A CULTURAL PHENOMENON

 

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
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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, Martin 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 ninete
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Einband Taschenbuch
Seitenzahl 864
Erscheinungsdatum 01.12.1997
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-0-553-57340-4
Verlag Random House LCC US
Maße (L/B/H) 17.5/10.5/4.3 cm
Gewicht 384 g
Abbildungen w. Illustrationen 17,5 cm
Verkaufsrang 2885
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Disappointing
von einer Kundin/einem Kunden aus Nürnberg am 02.10.2019
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I haven't seen the series on TV and bought the book because of a recommendation from a bookseller at the Nuremberg store who said it would be even better than the series. At first I was kind of unable to cope with the many houses and characters and also by the fact that always another person told the story from its sight. In add... I haven't seen the series on TV and bought the book because of a recommendation from a bookseller at the Nuremberg store who said it would be even better than the series. At first I was kind of unable to cope with the many houses and characters and also by the fact that always another person told the story from its sight. In additon there are many people named which are not really important at all and there's a lot of description of costumes, landscapes which sometimes repeats itself and partly it was refered to previous history. The first 600 pages were rather boring until finally the action started and I became a little more interested. Resumé: I definitely will not buy another volume.

When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die
von Drachenfeuer am 07.03.2016

"When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die." Cersei Lannister, p. 488 Alles fängt ganz harmlos an: König Robert Baratheon besucht seinen alten Freund Eddard Stark, Fürst von Winterfell, um ihn zu seiner Hand zu ernennen. Dabei sieht Bran Dinge, die er nicht sehen soll. Es scheint ein Unfall zu sein, als er beim Kl... "When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die." Cersei Lannister, p. 488 Alles fängt ganz harmlos an: König Robert Baratheon besucht seinen alten Freund Eddard Stark, Fürst von Winterfell, um ihn zu seiner Hand zu ernennen. Dabei sieht Bran Dinge, die er nicht sehen soll. Es scheint ein Unfall zu sein, als er beim Klettern vom Turm stürzt und ins Koma fällt, doch Catelyn Stark, seine Mutter, weiß es besser: Die Lannisters stecken dahinter, Königin Cersei Lannister und ihr jüngerer Bruder, der zwergenwügsige Tyrion. Als sie ihm zufällig in einer Taverne begegnet, setzt sie ihn gefangen und bringt ihn ins Eyrie zu ihrer Schwester Lysa Arryn. Währenddessen in King's Landing passt Jaime Lannister, Cerseis Zwillingsbruder, Eddard ab und greif ihn und seine Männer an, um Rache für die Gefangennahme seines jüngeren Bruders zu üben. Indes wird in Pentos Daenerys aus dem ins Exil getriebenen einstigen Herrscherhaus der Targaryens von ihrem Bruder Viserys an Khal Drogo von den Dothraki als Braut verschachert, da er sich im Gegenzug von den Pferdemenschen ein Heer erhofft, dass ihm dem Eisernen Thron zurückerobert, der ihm von Robert Baratheon einst genommen worden war. Dany lebt sich alsbald in die fremde Kultur der Dothraki ein und kann sogar Liebe für den mächtigen Khal entwickeln. Ihr Bruder indes hat nur eines im Sinn: Seine Invasion Westeros' und die Krone der Sieben Königslande, die ihm rechtens zusteht. A Game of Thrones ist der bildgewaltige Auftakt der namhaften Serie A Song of Ice and Fire mit all ihren Intrigen und Komplotten und großen Kriegen und kleinen Konflikten. Von Anfang an steckt man mitten in Westeros und lernt die Charaktere und ihre Welt kennen. Wie kaum ein anderer versteht sich Martin darauf, seine Welt zu entwickeln, als sei es das Natürlichste der Welt. Er erklärt wenig, vielmehr entfaltet sich alles durch die Charaktere selbst, etwas, das nur wenige so gut beherrschen wie er. Man muss stets am Ball bleiben, um durch all die Häuser, ihre Gefolgschaft und ihre Beziehungen zueinander stets im Blick zu behalten (wobei ein Glossar am Ende des Buches vor allem beim ersten Lesen durchaus hilfreich ist). Aber gerade das macht den Reiz der Komplexität der Reihe aus. Martin kennt seine Charaktere bis ins letzte Detail, jede ihrer Handlungen ruft in den anderen Charakteren ganz individuelle Reaktionen hervor, und was zu Beginn nur ein rollendes Steinchen war, ist am Ende ein donnernde Lawine. Besonders deswegen lohnt es sich, die Reihe nicht nur einmal zu lesen, sondern mindestens zweimal. Ist man beim ersten Mal noch damit beschäftigt, die ganzen Namen zu sortieren, kann man schon beim nächsten Mal die Tiefe der Welt noch wesentlich mehr genießen. Und nicht zu vergessen, all die wunderbaren Zitate und großen Momente. Martin versteht es meisterlich, beeindruckende Szenerien zu errichten (sowie sie ebenso beeindruckend wieder zum Einsturz zu bringen). Auch die emotionalen Berg- und Talfahrten, die der Leser erfährt, sollten erwähnt werden. Entweder man hasst Martins Charaktere (und er kann wirklich hassenswerte Charaktere entwickeln) oder man liebt sie, egal, was für Scheusale sie eigentlich sind. Wie selten bei einem Buch fiebert man mit, bangt, hofft (meist umsonst), weint und flucht man mit den Charakeren. Martin ist wahrlich einer der Meister des Genres.

play the game of thrones
von einer Kundin/einem Kunden am 09.08.2014

Das erste Buch seit Jahren von dem ich mich nicht losreißen konnte. Achtung macht absolut süchtig ;)