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A Game of Thrones


Long ago, in a time forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons out of balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. The cold is returning, and in the frozen wastes to the north of Winterfell, sinister and supernatural forces are massing beyond the kingdom’s protective Wall. At the center of the conflict lie the Starks of Winterfell, a family as harsh and unyielding as the land they were born to. Sweeping from a land of brutal cold to a distant summertime kingdom of epicurean plenty, here is a tale of lords and ladies, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and bastards, who come together in a time of grim omens.

Here an enigmatic band of warriors bear swords of no human metal; a tribe of fierce wildlings carry men off into madness; a cruel young dragon prince barters his sister to win back his throne; and a determined woman undertakes the most treacherous of journeys. Amid plots and counterplots, tragedy and betrayal, victory and terror, the fate of the Starks, their allies, and their enemies hangs perilously in the balance, as each endeavors to win that deadliest of conflicts: the game of thrones.

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A Clash of Kings


Time is out of joint. The summer of peace and plenty, ten years long, is drawing to a close, and the harsh, chill winter approaches like an angry beast. Two great leaders—Lord Eddard Stark and Robert Baratheon, who held sway over an age of enforced peace—are dead, victims of royal treachery. Now, from the ancient citadel of Dragonstone to the forbidding wilds of Winterfell, chaos reigns, as pretenders to the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms prepare to stake their claims through tempest, turmoil, and war.

As a prophecy of doom cuts across the sky—a comet the color of blood and flame—six factions struggle for control of a divided land. Eddard's son Robb has declared himself King in the North. In the south, Joffrey, Robert's heir, rules in name only, victim of the scheming courtiers who teem over King's Landing. Robert's two brothers each seek their own dominion, while the disfavored House Greyjoy turns once more to conquest. And a continent away, an exiled queen, the Mother of Dragons, risks everything to lead her precious brood across a hard hot desert to win back the crown that is rightfully hers.

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A Storm of Swords


Of the five contenders for power, one is dead, another in disfavor, and still the wars rage as violently as ever, as alliances are made and broken. Joffrey, of House Lannister, sits the Iron Throne, uneasy ruler of the land of the Seven Kingdoms. His bitterest rival, Lord Stannis, stands defeated and disgraced, victim of the jealous sorceress who holds him in her evil thrall. But young Robb, of House Stark, still rules the North from the fortress of Riverrun. Robb plots against his despised Lannister enemies, even as they hold his sister hostage at King’s Landing, seat of the Iron Throne. Meanwhile, making her way across a blood-drenched continent is the exiled queen, Daenerys, mistress of the only three dragons still left in the world.

As opposing forces maneuver for the final titanic showdown, an army of barbaric wildlings arrives from the outermost line of civilization. In their wake is a horde of mythical Others, a supernatural army of the living dead whose animated corpses are unstoppable. As the future of the land hangs in the balance, no one will rest until the Seven Kingdoms have exploded in a veritable storm of swords.

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A Feast for Crows


It seems too good to be true. After centuries of bitter strife and fatal treachery, the seven powers dividing the land have decimated one another into an uneasy truce. Or so it appears. . . . With the death of the monstrous King Joffrey, his mother Cersei is ruling as regent in King’s Landing. Robb Stark’s demise has broken the back of the Northern rebels, and his siblings are scattered throughout the kingdom like seeds on barren soil. Few legitimate claims to the once desperately sought Iron Throne still exist, or they are held in hands too weak or too distant to wield them effectively. The war, which raged out of control for so long, has burned itself out.

But as in the aftermath of any climactic struggle, it is not long before the survivors, outlaws, renegades, and carrion eaters start to gather, fighting for the spoils and picking over the bones of the dead. Now in the Seven Kingdoms, as the human crows assemble over a banquet of ashes, daring new plots and dangerous new alliances are formed, while surprising faces—some familiar, others only just appearing—are seen emerging from an ominous twilight of past struggles and chaos to take up the challenges ahead.

It is a time when the wise and the ambitious, the deceitful and the strong will acquire the skills, the power, and the magic to survive the stark and terrible times that lie before them. It is a time for nobles and commoners, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and sages to come together and stake their fortunes . . . and their lives. For at a feast for crows, the guests are many but the survivors are only a few.

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A Dance with Dragons


In the aftermath of a colossal battle, the future of the Seven Kingdoms hangs in the balance—beset by newly emerging threats from every direction. In the east, Daenerys Targaryen, the last scion of House Targaryen, rules with her three dragons as queen of a city built on dust and death. But Daenerys has thousands of enemies, and many have set out to find her. As they gather, one young man embarks upon his own quest for the queen, with an entirely different goal in mind.

Fleeing from Westeros with a price on his head, Tyrion Lannister, too, is making his way to Daenerys. But his newest allies in this quest are not the rag-tag band they seem, and at their heart lies one who could undo Daenerys’s claim to Westeros forever. Meanwhile, to the north lies the mammoth Wall of ice and stone—a structure only as strong as those guarding it. There, Jon Snow, 998th Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch, will face his greatest challenge. For he has powerful foes not only within the Watch but also beyond, in the land of the creatures of ice.

From all corners, bitter conflicts reignite, intimate betrayals are perpetrated, and a grand cast of outlaws and priests, soldiers and skinchangers, nobles and slaves, will face seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Some will fail, others will grow in the strength of darkness. But in a time of rising restlessness, the tides of destiny and politics will lead inevitably to the greatest dance of all.

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  1. Prologue
  2. Tyrion I
  3. Daenerys I
  4. Jon I
  5. Bran I
  6. Tyrion II
  7. The Merchant's Man
  8. Jon II
  9. Tyrion III
  10. Davos I
  11. Jon III
  12. Daenerys II
  13. Reek I
  14. Bran II
  15. Tyrion IV
  16. Davos II
  17. Daenerys III
  18. Jon IV
  19. Tyrion V
  20. Davos III
  21. Reek II
  22. Jon V
  23. Tyrion VI
  24. Daenerys IV
  25. The Lost Lord
  26. The Windblown
  27. The Wayward Bride
  28. Tyrion VII
  29. Jon VI
  30. Davos IV
  31. Daenerys V
  32. Melisandre I
  33. Reek III
  34. Tyrion VIII
  35. Bran III
  36. Jon VII
  37. Daenerys VI
  38. The Prince of Winterfell
  39. The Watcher
  40. Jon VIII
  41. Tyrion IX
  42. The Turncloak
  43. The King's Prize
  44. Daenerys VII
  45. Jon IX
  46. The Blind Girl
  47. A Ghost in Winterfell
  48. Tyrion X
  49. Jaime I
  50. Jon X
  51. Daenerys VIII
  52. Theon I
  53. Daenerys IX
  54. Jon XI
  55. Cersei I
  56. The Queensguard
  57. The Iron Suitor
  58. Tyrion XI
  59. Jon XII
  60. The Discarded Knight
  61. The Spurned Suitor
  62. The Griffin Reborn
  63. The Sacrifice
  64. Victarion I
  65. The Ugly Little Girl
  66. Cersei II
  67. Tyrion XII
  68. The Kingbreaker
  69. The Dragontamer
  70. Jon XIII
  71. The Queen's Hand
  72. Daenerys X
  73. Epilogue
  74. Appendix

The Winds of Winter

Several chapters of the upcoming book have been released on George R. R. Martin's website[1] and the A World of Ice and Fire app, and other chapters have been read at conventions.

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Tales of Dunk and Egg

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Set in a time eighty-nine years before the events depicted in A Game of Thrones, these stories relate the adventures of a hedge knight, Dunk, and his young squire, Egg.

The three tales published as of 2016 are, in order:

A collection was released in 2015 containing the three separate Dunk and Egg novellas, with additional art:


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The World of Ice & Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones is a world book detailing the history of Westeros and the known world.

Fire & Blood is a planned two-volume complete history of House Targaryen, with the first volume published in 2018.

Three excerpts from Fire & Blood were previously published as novellas in separate anthologies.


  1. Official site of George R. R. Martin