A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. MartinFor the first time, all five novels in the epic fantasy series that inspired HBOs Game of Thrones are together in one boxed set. An immersive entertainment experience unlike any other, A Song of Ice and Fire has earned George R. R. Martin--dubbed the American Tolkien by Time magazine--international acclaim and millions of loyal readers. Now here is the entire monumental cycle:
A GAME OF THRONES
A CLASH OF KINGS
A STORM OF SWORDS
A FEAST OF CROWS
A DANCE WITH DRAGONS
Winter is coming. Such is the stern motto of House Stark, the northernmost of the fiefdoms that owe allegiance to King Robert Baratheon in far-off Kings Landing. There Eddard Stark of Winterfell rules in Roberts name. There his family dwells in peace and comfort: his proud wife, Catelyn; his sons Robb, Brandon, and Rickon; his daughters Sansa and Arya; and his bastard son, Jon Snow. Far to the north, behind the towering Wall, lie savage Wildings and worse--unnatural things relegated to myth during the centuries-long summer, but proving all too real and all too deadly in the turning of the season.
Yet a more immediate threat lurks to the south, where Jon Arryn, the Hand of the King, has died under mysterious circumstances. Now Robert is riding north to Winterfell, bringing his queen, the lovely but cold Cersei, his son, the cruel, vainglorious Prince Joffrey, and the queens brothers Jaime and Tyrion of the powerful and wealthy House Lannister--the first a swordsman without equal, the second a dwarf whose stunted stature belies a brilliant mind. All are heading for Winterfell and a fateful encounter that will change the course of kingdoms.
Meanwhile, across the Narrow Sea, Prince Viserys, heir of the fallen House Targaryen, which once ruled all of Westeros, schemes to reclaim the throne with an army of barbarian Dothraki--whose loyalty he will purchase in the only coin left to him: his beautiful yet innocent sister, Daenerys.
What do The Others Want? (White Walkers / Night King) Game of Thrones / ASoIaF
Monsters of Ice and Fire: The Others
That is all. If you are 18 years or older or are comfortable with graphic material, you are free to view this page. Otherwise, you should close this page and view another page. Before the events in the novel, the Others had supposedly not been seen for many thousand years. So far the Others have appeared in the flesh only twice in the whole saga and their purpose remains unknown at this time. They reside in the Land of Always Winter, north of the Wall.
What are their roots, mythical and otherwise? What is their meaning? The Others are very boring in the sense that there is little in the way of examples of humanoid ice monsters from cultural or literary history I could dig up and present to you. However, this is also why the Others could be considered especially interesting. That element is very important when talking about monsters, since monstrosity is to a large degree about shock and the unseen. In the Undead essay, I proposed that, in addition to being creatures who control the undead, the Others are not themselves unlike the undead in several ways.
Who is the Great Other?
The world of Game of Thrones is full to the brim with shady characters. There are evil queens and scheming courtiers, mountain-sized baby butchers and fire-breathing dragons and straight up creeps like Ramsay Bolton. But if we absolutely had to name the single biggest threat facing Westeros and the Seven Kingdoms, we would probably settle on one enemy in particular: the White Walkers. These mysterious ice folk are advancing on the Wall with their army of the dead. They've taken down multiple brothers of the Night's Watch, and in the TV show at least one dragon.
He began the first volume of the series, A Game of Thrones , in , and it was published in Martin, who initially envisioned the series as a trilogy, has published five out of a planned seven volumes. The fifth and most recent volume of the series, A Dance with Dragons , was published in and took Martin six years to write. He is currently writing the sixth novel, The Winds of Winter. The point of view of each chapter in the story is a limited perspective of a range of characters growing from nine in the first novel, to 31 characters by the fifth novel. Three main stories interweave: a dynastic war among several families for control of Westeros, the rising threat of the supernatural Others in northernmost Westeros, and the ambition of Daenerys Targaryen , the deposed king's exiled daughter, to assume the Iron Throne. An assortment of disparate and subjective points of view confronts the reader, and the success or survival of point of view characters is never assured.
They are considered mythical by most of the people of Westeros. Despite what is thought, they are not dead. According to legend, the Others first appeared approximately eight thousand years ago out of the extreme north. At this time peace reigned in Westeros due to the Pact between the Children of the Forest and the First Men , and they were unprepared for the scale of the invasion. The Others' arrival was preceded by a winter that lasted a generation and a period of darkness known as the Long Night , although it is unclear if this was a literal period of darkness lasting years or merely an artistic term.