A Game of Thrones 4-Book Bundle: A Song of Ice and Fire Series: A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, and A Feast for Crows

A Game of Thrones 4-Book Bundle: A Song of Ice and Fire Series: A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, and A Feast for Crows

by George R. R. Martin

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ISBN-13: 9780345529060
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/22/2011
Series: Song of Ice and Fire Series
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 3264
Sales rank: 97,844
File size: 16 MB
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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, 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.

Hometown:

Santa Fe, NM

Date of Birth:

September 20, 1948

Place of Birth:

Bayonne, NJ

Education:

B.S., Northwestern University, 1970; M.S., Northwestern University, 1971

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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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A Game of Thrones 4-Book Boxed Set (Song of Ice and Fire Series) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2128 reviews.
itsjulia More than 1 year ago
These are great books. I hate putting them down! But I would recommend spending a little extra and buying each book separately, if you're reading them on a nook. This "box set" has all four books as one file, so you have 3500+ pages in your nook book. That makes navigating with the page number slider very imprecise. And there are so many details in these books that I often wanted to go back and find another chapter, but it was just too much hassle. Might be better read in paper format, but at least having each as a separate nook book would be a big help.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the series! Too bad that you can currently buy 4 books for 19.97 and ebooks are running 29.99. I begin to think my nook purchase was a mistake.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Spend the extra $$$$ and buy each book seperately. I love the story, very well written but the ebook set is horrendous. You can't easily move to different books or parts of the same book. Sometimes it messes up and I can't even turn to the next proper page. Instead it jumps ahead or takes me to a completely different part of the book. Often I have to turn my nook off and back on to get it to work properly. Not pleased at all. I wish I could return it and purchase the books seperately to be honest.
JDHelms1208 More than 1 year ago
I'm about halfway through this on my nook and I love it. It ranks up there with the original Dragonlance Chronicles and the Belgariad. Not read those? Add them to your list. Don't know how to say it any clearer. In depth characters, plots within subplots etc... but nicely laid out so the story doesn't trip over itself. Warning if you don't like complex characters with deep development and in depth descriptions you may not like this book. In a true sense of art though, the author keeps it moving and the pace is brisk. Hang on! In the game of thrones you either win or die.
LunaSeaHB More than 1 year ago
This is not your standard fantasy fare. No damsels in distress, pointy hat wearing magicians or the like. This series is a powerhouse of strong characters being hurdled along in a world dominated by politics. Perhaps my favorite aspect of Martin's writing is his ability to allow the characters to actually grow and change as the world affects them. By the time book four rolls around, the stunningly beautiful jerk that you wish someone would behead is starting to grow on you. You see where he's coming from and you see his growth as an individual. I guess what I'm trying to say is that Martin's characters aren't just cogs put in place to turn predictable literary devices. They're vibrant and interesting people that you just can't turn away from. This is the fantasy series for people who love fantasy. This is the fantasy book for people who loathe fantasy. This is the fantasy book that breaks all the stereotypes of the genre. If I could choose one series of books to read for the rest of my life, this would be it.
theReader278 More than 1 year ago
I am so excited! I love this set and am finished with the second book of the series. Those books have a story that keeps you entertained for hours.
CMPVA More than 1 year ago
These are fantastic books, the books themselves get 5 stars but the copies in this boxed set get 1 star because they have been known to have missing pages. The copy of A Feast for Crows that came with my boxed set was missing pages 565 to 574, but other reviews that I've read have mentioned their copies missing a hundred pages or more. Luckily my local B&N took the set back without question. Even though this is cheaper skip on this boxed set and buy the books individually.
Canuck72 More than 1 year ago
I got hooked on this because - I have to admit it - I watched the series on HBO... which by the way is INCREDIBLE!! I loved watching the show so much - I started watching the episodes ahead of time on HBOGO since I couldn't wait until the next Sunday... then I realized it was a BOOK... so I bought it on my nook - actually the series of four. And thank the gods I did that! I cannot put this series down - I devoured book one (correlates to series 1 on HBO) and I have to say - I am very VERY impressed by whoever wrote the Screenplay - it is so exacting to the book (so far) that I almost felt when reading the actual book that I was reading a script! Now that I am into book 2 I am enjoying the progress of the characters even more. I cannot wait to find out what happens to each and every one of them. Having the Chapters divided by the Character focus is brilliant - it just makes me want to keep on reading - it pains me to put the book down - and all I think about all day is when I can next start reading again... which reminds me...
stupid More than 1 year ago
The first book to the forth book I was totaly hooked!!! It may start dull but as it progrest it became amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Chris Stewart More than 1 year ago
I wish the books were seperate entities in my library rather than just one. A disappointing implementation. I have these in paperback and find the plot twists and character deaths surprising. I sure hope George R. R. Martin works to finish the series soon.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Let me count the ways that this is so very poor. The format is abysmal. I will NEVER buy another "series set" in nook format. In 2 yrs I have read over 200 books on my nook and this is the absolutely worst format I have come across. Can't move thru the books at all. You should be able to navigate thru each one. The cost of the books was ridiculously expensive considering other available options. But above and beyond nook or B&N issues, the books were boring. Entirely too wordy and long. I think Martin likes to hear himself think way too much. The general premise and boiled down story line isn't bad, but OMG get to the point. I rarely ever stop reading a book but was repeatedly temped to do so. I wish I had not bought the set, more because of the poor story structure, over abundance of words, and boring writing, than the nook issues. I will not be buying additional books.
Jennifer1580 More than 1 year ago
Wow, was going to buy... but not now! The profit margin is crazy on NOOKs now.
Ozzy12 More than 1 year ago
Wonderful books with great characters and an amazing story. loved the book and the movie!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really wanted to like this book. My friends are all talking about it. I bought this set and admit I have paused (?stopped) in the middle of the first book. I am not really crazy about fantasy books to begin with. However, this author introduces about 4 to 6 new characters on most pages. Not only do we have all the characters with weird/similar sounding names but we get their entire geneology thrown in to boot. I am an avid reader and read an average of a book every day (or two) but I found this very tough to slog through... It just did not capture my interest. Wish I had saved the cash.
gospeedy012 More than 1 year ago
I've been a little disappointed with this series of books. My expectations were probably unrealistically high after reading a number of reviews rating these books as among the very best of the fantasy genre. While they are entertaining and a worthwhile read, for me, they pale in comparison to The Sword of Truth and Wheel of Time series. Just one opinion...
Kburritt More than 1 year ago
No lend me feature coupled with having to buy the whole series equals fail! I want to buy your content so stop making it so hard to do so.
littleredDK More than 1 year ago
It's been years since I read such a great series. Highly recommend, but be sure that you will have plenty of time to read because you won't be able to put these down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved Games of the Thrones miniseries on TV so I bought the boxed set for my nook. It had great ratings; I love epic series so this seemed perfect. Book 1 was great, book 2 was okay then it went downhill. It became an endless, meandering tale that seems to go nowhere. The main characters all seem to be killed off just about the point you come to like them. So bad is the author killing off of main characters, as a reader I started not to want to like a character because they were going to die for sure. Good never seems to triumph and the situation continues to disintegrate into a dark depressing muck with no end in sight. This is not the Lord of the Rings, and the author does not write half as well as Tolkien. The style of the books is kind of intriguing at first but by book 3 it is tedious. If you want to read this series buy it 1 book at a time and see if it to your liking. Remember not all the books are on the NY Times best seller list, just something the author has done.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The storyline is fantastic! Unfortunately, the ebook version is just pathetic. Skips pages, repeats pages...just aggravating to constantly have to skip to the next page because the Nook version jumps to a random past page instead of flowing as it should. Storyline content is missed. Frustrating to say the least.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Intrigue and scheming but gets boring , too much description and explanation, i could hardly finish the fourth book. I just hate not knowing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The 1st book is the best book by far then the second is not as good, by the 3rd I was waiting for some big entertaining part but it never came and book 4 almost isn't part of the series. If you like stories to wrap up or see a plot point comclude then there isn't much good in buying these. The new book is the same.
Going-broke-buying-books More than 1 year ago
I'm still on book one, but so far it has a lot going on and is great to read. The humor in it is awesome. I do recommend and am looking forward to finishing the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just finished the free sample and was totally drawn in. I am a little confused as to why the ebooks are more expensive than the paper version?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Stop after second book and write your own ending . The series falls to pieces after that
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Most expensive book purchase I have made, but it was worth every dime. If you want a simple story with only a hand full of characters and a couple of dimensions to the plot; these books are not for you. But if you want tales which live in your head after reading and make you yearn for more after reading; then these books are a must read. The HBO Game of Thrones Mini-Series follows the stories well and bring plausible faces to the characters, but there is more to the stories which you get from the books. After finishing the nearly 3600 pages of the 4 book series, I had to immediately purchase Book 5 & will do the same when Book 6 is released. The plots are complex, the characters are many, and the stories are full of unexpected twists which yank at your emotions. But full enjoyment and satisfaction is your reward. My son read the books in hard cover form; I read them via my Nook. Comparing our experiences, the eReader is the way to go as it helps to refer frequently to the maps which are easy to retrieve via the eReader plus there are many 'medieval' type words which the eReader dictionary quickly clarifies for you. Truly a can't miss reading opportunity!