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For the first time all five novels in the epic fantasy series that inspired HBO s 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 One of the best series in the history of fantasy Los Angeles Times 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 King s Landing There Eddard Stark of Winterfell rules in Robert s 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 queen s 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 Long live George Martin a literary dervish enthralled by complicated characters and vivid language and bursting with the wild vision of the very best tale tellers The New York Timesmore
In her now classic novel Outlander Diana Gabaldon told the story of Claire Randall an English ex-combat nurse who walks through a stone circle in the Scottish Highlands in 1946 and disappears into 1743 The story unfolded from there in seven bestselling novels and CNN has called it a grand adventure written on a canvas that probes the heart weighs the soul and measures the human spirit across centuries Now the story continues in Written in My Own Heart s Blood 1778 France declares war on Great Britain the British army leaves Philadelphia and George Washington s troops leave Valley Forge in pursuit At this moment Jamie Fraser returns from a presumed watery grave to discover that his best friend has married his wife his illegitimate son has discovered to his horror who his father really is and his beloved nephew Ian wants to marry a Quaker Meanwhile Jamie s wife Claire and his sister Jenny are busy picking up the pieces The Frasers can only be thankful that their daughter Brianna and her family are safe in twentieth-century Scotland Or not In fact Brianna is searching for her own son who was kidnapped by a man determined to learn her family s secrets Her husband Roger has ventured into the past in search of the missing boy never... suspecting that the object of his quest has not left the present Now with Roger out of the way the kidnapper can focus on his true target Brianna herself Written in My Own Heart s Blood is the brilliant next chapter in a masterpiece of the imagination unlike any other more
J R Ward s 1 New York Times bestselling Black Dagger Brotherhood continues as a royal bloodline is compromised by a grave threat to the throne Long live the King After turning his back on the throne for centuries Wrath son of Wrath finally assumed his father s mantle--with the help of his beloved mate But the crown sets heavily on his head As the war with the Lessening Society rages on and the threat from the Band of Bastards truly hits home he is forced to make choices that put everything--and everyone--at risk Beth Randall thought she knew what she was getting into when she mated the last pure blooded vampire on the planet An easy ride was not it But when she decides she wants a child she s unprepared for Wrath s response--or the distance it creates between them The question is will true love win out or tortured legacy take over
Butcher is the dean of contemporary urban fantasy Booklist Harry Dresden Chicago s only professional wizard is about to have a very bad day Because as Winter Knight to the Queen of Air and Darkness Harry never knows what the scheming Mab might want him to do Usually it s something awful He doesn t know the half of it Mab has just traded Harry s skills to pay off one of her debts And now he must help a group of supernatural villains led by one of Harry s most dreaded and despised enemies Nicodemus Archleone to break into the highest-security vault in town so that they can then access the highest-security vault in the Nevernever It s a smash and grab job to recover the literal Holy Grail from the vaults of the greatest treasure hoard in the supernatural world which belongs to the one and only Hades Lord of the freaking Underworld and generally unpleasant character Worse Dresden suspects that there is another game afoot that no one is talking about And he s dead certain that Nicodemus has no intention of allowing any of his crew to survive the experience Especially Harry Dresden s always been tricky but he s going to have to up his backstabbing game to survive this mess assuming his own allies don t end up killing him before his... enemies get the chance more
1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE BOOK FIVE In the aftermath of a colossal battle Daenerys 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 Fleeing from Westeros with a price on his head Tyrion Lannister too is making his way east with new allies who may not be the ragtag band they seem And in the frozen north Jon Snow confronts creatures from beyond the Wall of ice and stone and powerful foes from within the Night s Watch In a time of rising restlessness the tides of destiny and politics lead a grand cast of outlaws and priests soldiers and skinchangers nobles and slaves to the greatest dance of all Don t miss the thrilling sneak peek of George R R Martin s A Song of Ice and Fire Book Six The Winds of Winter
Brandon Sanderson s The Stormlight Archive sequence began in 2010 with the New York Times bestseller The Way of Kings Now the eagerly anticipated Words of Radiance continues the epic story and answers many of your questions Six years ago the Assassin in White a hireling of the inscrutable Parshendi assassinated the Alethi king on the very night a treaty between men and Parshendi was being celebrated So began the Vengeance Pact among the highprinces of Alethkar and the War of Reckoning against the Parshendi Now the Assassin is active again murdering rulers all over the world of Roshar using his baffling powers to thwart every bodyguard and elude all pursuers Among his prime targets is Highprince Dalinar widely considered the power behind the Alethi throne His leading role in the war would seem reason enough but the Assassin s master has much deeper motives Expected by his enemies to die the miserable death of a military slave Kaladin survived to be given command of the royal bodyguards a controversial first for a low-status darkeyes Now he must protect the king and Dalinar from every common peril as well as the distinctly uncommon threat of the Assassin all while secretly struggling to master remarkable new powers that are somehow... linked to his honorspren Syl Brilliant but troubled Shallan strives along a parallel path Despite being broken in ways she refuses to acknowledge she bears a terrible burden to somehow prevent the return of the legendary Voidbringers and the civilization-ending Desolation that will follow The secrets she needs can be found at the Shattered Plains but just arriving there proves more difficult than she could have imagined Meanwhile at the heart of the Shattered Plains the Parshendi are making an epochal decision Hard pressed by years of Alethi attacks their numbers ever shrinking they are convinced by their war leader Eshonai to risk everything on a desperate gamble with the very supernatural forces they once fled The possible consequences for Parshendi and humans alike indeed for Roshar itself are as dangerous as they are incalculable The doors of the Stormlight Archive first opened to us with The Way of Kings Read that book now available in all formats and then Words of Radiance and you can be part of the adventure every dazzling step of the way more
View our feature on George Orwell s 1984 Written in 1948 1984 was George Orwell s chilling prophecy about the future And while 1984 has come and gone Orwell s narrative is timelier than ever 1984 presents a startling and haunting vision of the world so powerful that it is completely convincing from start to finish No one can deny the power of this novel its hold on the imaginations of multiple generations of readers or the resiliency of its admonitions a legacy that seems only to grow with the passage of time
Six days ago astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars Now he s sure he ll be the first person to die there After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he s alive and even if he could get word out his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive Chances are though he won t have time to starve to death The damaged machinery unforgiving environment or plain-old human error are much more likely to kill him first But Mark isn t ready to give up yet Drawing on his ingenuity his engineering skills and a relentless dogged refusal to quit he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him
Ray Bradbury s internationally acclaimed novel Fahrenheit 451 is a masterwork of twentieth-century literature set in a bleak dystopian future Guy Montag is a fireman In his world where television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction firemen start fires rather than put them out His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities the printed book along with the houses in which they are hidden Montag never questions the destruction and ruin his actions produce returning each day to his bland life and wife Mildred who spends all day with her television family But then he meets an eccentric young neighbor Clarisse who introduces him to a past where people didn t live in fear and to a present where one sees the world through the ideas in books instead of the mindless chatter of television When Mildred attempts suicide and Clarisse suddenly disappears Montag begins to question everything he has ever known He starts hiding books in his home and when his pilfering is discovered the fireman has to run for his life
A NEW ORIGINAL SERIES NOW ON HBO Here is the first volume in George R R Martin s magnificent cycle of novels that includes A Clash of Kings and A Storm of Swords As a whole this series comprises a genuine masterpiece of modern fantasy bringing together the best the genre has to offer Magic mystery intrigue romance and adventure fill these pages and transport us to a world unlike any we have ever experienced Already hailed as a classic George R R Martin s stunning series is destined to stand as one of the great achievements of imaginative fiction A GAME OF THRONESLong 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 more
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