George R. R. Martin's A Game of Thrones 4-Book Boxed Set: A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, and A Feast for Crows (Amazon Exclusive) Hardcover – Nov 29 2011
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'A Game of Thrones grabs hold and won't let go. It's brilliant.' Robert Jordan 'Colossal, staggering! Martin captures all the intoxicating complexity of the Wars of the Roses or Imperial Rome in his imaginary world! one of the greats of fantasy literature.' SFX 'Fantasy literature has never shied away from grandeur, but the sheer-mind-boggling scope of this epic has sent other fantasy writers away shaking their heads! Its ambition: to construct the Twelve Caesars of fantasy fiction, with characters so venomous they could eat the Borgias.' Guardian 'Such a splendid tale. I couldn't stop till I'd finished and it was dawn.' Anne McCaffrey --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
George R. R. Martin is the author of fourteen novels, including five volumes of A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE, several collections of short stories and numerous screen plays for television drama and feature films. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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However, there is a price to all this amazement. The initial 350 pages of the first book, Game of Thrones, are very slowly paced, for they are meant to introduce the reader to the world and characters, and it serves as a spring for the epic story that ensues. I'm not saying they are bad, quite the opposite. But you will not be blown away right away. But once the pace picks up, its a roller-coaster ride you will never forget, nor regret.
Lastly, with a price like this, its quite a deal as well.
-Game of Thrones- 835 pages
-A Clash of Kings- 1009 pages
-A Storm of Swords- 1177 pages
-A feast For Crows- 1060 pages
This series came to my attention because of HBO, and I must say I was enthralled.
A Game of Thrones introduced Westeros, the Starks, the Lannisters, the hints of by-gone events (Robert's Rebellion), and the Direwolves!
A Clash of Kings was even more thrilling to read, with the factions/kingdoms divided and vying for control or hell-bent on revenge.
A Storm of Swords was the hardest to put down (thank goodness for vacations!)
A Feast for Crows was not as compelling a read as the first three, but since I was reading the four volumes back to back, I wasn't completely let down. Basically it was a 'breather' book (to show the chaos of a divided kingdom and the aftermath of war, I guess), and I took it all in with a grain of salt.
Overall score would be 4.5 stars (because of fourth book not being as fantastic a read as the first three).
Im not really a fantasy reader but George RR Martin makes his stories so interesting like the way John Ghrisham makes me interested into law/suspense books.
Regardless, this set would make a great present, for a friend or even oneself.
Note that the pages have fine print. If you would like larger, more spaced out text, the hard-cover version would be much easier to read.
Most recent customer reviews
Super pour les fans de Game of Thrones. Lecture en anglais cependant!Published 1 month ago by Dethklok
What is there to say? Everyone has watched most of the episodes on TV by now however I started reading these well before - lots of differences and still recommend the books!Published 2 months ago by Aaron L
Best book series ever.
Can't wait for book VI - The Winds of Winter
Great books. I have gotten hooked on the HBO series season one but as I usually enjoy books more than movies/TV shows decided to read the books before watching the following... Read morePublished 5 months ago by DD
A VERY GOOD READ. THIS AUTHOR IS THE BEST FANTASY WRITER EVER. MY ONLY PROBLEM IS WAITING FOR THE MAN TO FINISH THE SERIES.Published 6 months ago by Byron Freeman