The Iron Throne once united the Sunset Lands, but King Robert is dead, his widow is a traitor to his memory, and his surviving brothers are set on a path of war amongst themselves
At King’s Landing, the head of Lord Eddard Stark rots on a spike for all to see. His daughter Sansa is betrothed still to his killer’s son Joffrey – Queen Cersei’s son, though not the son of her late husband Robert. Even so, Joffrey is now a boy-king, Cersei is his regent, and war is inevitable. In Dragonstone, Robert’s brother Stannis has declared himself king, while his other brother Renly proclaims himself king at Storm’s End – and Eddard Stark’s fifteen year old son Robb wears the crown of the north at Winterfell. A comet in the night sky, red and malevolent, the colour of blood and flame, can only be an omen of murder and war. Stannis’s child Princess Shireen dreams of dragons waking from stone. And a white raven has brought word from the Citadel itself, foretelling summer’s end. It has been the longest summer in living memory, lasting ten years, and the smallfolk say it means an even longer winter to come… The first rule of war is never give the enemy his wish. But winter will be the biggest enemy. From beyond the Wall the undead and Others clamour for freedom, and from beyond the sea the long-dead Dragon King’s daughter hatches her revenge. Robb Stark will be exceedingly lucky to reach adulthood.
George R. R. Martin was born in 1948 in Bayonne, New Jersey and studied journalism at Northwestern University after graduating from high school. He began writing from an early age, selling monster stories to neighbourhood children for pennies. In high school he was an avid comic book collector and began to write fiction for comic fanzines. George R. R. Martin made his first professional sale while at college in 1970 at age 21 with The Hero which he sold to Galaxy and this was published in the February 1971 issue. Throughout the 70s he wrote part-time while working as a VISTA volunteer, a chess director and teacher. He became a full-time writer in 1979 working as the writer in residence at Clarke College. In 1986 he made his first foray into Hollywood, working as a staff writer on the television series Twilight Zone, working his way up to Story Editor and then Executive Story Consultant. He then worked as a Producer and Executive Producer on Beauty and the Beast for CBS Television and was also the Executive Producer for Doorways, for Columbia Pictures Television. He has also written a number of screenplays and television episodes. He has written six novels, seven short story collections and edited many anthologies of science fiction and fantasy. Throughout his writing career he has been the winner of five Locus Awards, three Hugo Awards and two Nebula Awards. He has also been the finalist for the World Fantasy Awards twice and a finalist for Writers Guild Award, for best teleplay, anthology series in 1986. His work has also been translated into thirteen languages including Croatian, Hungarian and Finnish. His A Song of Ice and Fire series, which began in 1996 with A Game of Thrones is now a blockbuster TV series on HBO. George currently lives in New Mexico, USA.