The old gods have no power in the south, Starks family is split and there is treachery at court. As Warden of the North, Lord Eddard Stark counts it a curse when King Robert bestows on him the office of the Hand. Worse, a vengeance-mad boy has grown to maturity in exile in the Free Cities beyond the sea. And the struggle for the Iron Throne has begun. HBOs hit series A GAME OF THRONES is based on George R R Martins internationally bestselling series A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE, the greatest fantasy epic of the modern age. His honour weighs him down at court where a true man does what he will, not what he must..! It will stretch from the south, where heat breeds plot, lust and intrigues; to the vast frozen north, where a 700-foot wall of ice protects the kingdom from the dark forces that lie beyond. Summers span decades. and a dead enemy is a thing of beauty! Heir of the mad Dragon King deposed by... Winter can last a lifetime. A GAME OF THRONES is the first volume in the series.