A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

Utter the phrase A Game of Thrones. Whether referring to George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series of epic fantasy novels, the first title in that series, or the blockbuster HBO television series of the same name, there are few among us who would not immediately grasp the reference to this fantasy world of Lannisters and Starks, kings and would-be kings, queens and dragons, and family loyalty and betrayal taken to extremes, all set against a backdrop of seasons that span whole decades. The influence of that world and its inhabitants on popular culture is far-reaching and undeniable.

The first novel of Martin's historical fantasy series was published in 1996, and while it was popular among fantasy fans it failed to reach mainstream bestseller lists until after the second and third installments were released. Sales of the entire series again skyrocketed after the premiere of the HBO series in April, 2011, and the subsequent re-release of the books as mass market paperbacks, including a 5-book boxed set in 2013. Today, affordable new and used copies of the entire series, both paperback and hardcover, are plentiful.

At the other end of the spectrum, the 1996 first edition of A Game of Thrones, in foil dust jacket, is now highly sought after by collectors, as are first editions of the subsequent novels in the series: A Clash of Kings (1999), A Storm of Swords (2000), A Feast for Crows (2005), and A Dance with Dragons (2011). The sixth book will be called The Winds of Winter.

In addition to the five completed novels, Martin has also written five prequel novellas, two of which have been adapted as graphic novels; a collection of maps, with artwork by Jonathan Roberts, called The Lands of Ice and Fire; and a collection of quotes from the world's favorite Lannister, called The Wit & Wisdom of Tyrion Lannister, illustrated by Jonty Clark. A third companion book, The World of Ice & Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones, was released in 2014. Martin wrote this newest book with Elio M. Garcia and Linda Antonsson, founders of the fan site Westeros.org.

Others have also jumped on the Game of Thrones bandwagon, sometimes with Martin's blessing and sometimes without. There's a series of comic books, created with input from Martin and compiled in three volumes as graphic novels; a cookbook called A Feast of Ice & Fire by Chelsea Monroe-Cassel and Sariann Lehrer, with an introduction by Martin; collections of critical essays; unofficial guides to the TV series; and assorted games, puzzles, even action figures.

Though winter may be coming, it can't come quite fast enough for fans. While readers wait anxiously for Martin to finish what he claims will be the final two books of the series, there is no shortage of spin-off material to keep everyone busy.

A Song of Ice and Fire - The Novels

 

A Song of Ice and Fire - Collectors' Editions

For the serious collector, gorgeous deluxe editions of at least some of the titles have been issued by publishers such as Meisha Merlin, Harper Voyager, Subterranean Press, and Bantam Books. These special editions have limited print runs and sell out quickly. Current quantities are extremely limited and may sell quickly.

A Game of Thrones Limited Edition A Game of Thrones

Limited Edition with Slipcase

A Clash of Kings Limited Edition 2 Volume Set from Subterranean Press A Clash of Kings

Signed Limited Edition - 2 volumes w/ Slipcase

 

A Clash of Kings Limited Edition A Clash of Kings

Limited Edition with Slipcase

A Feast for Crows Limited Edition A Feast for Crows

Limited Edition with Slipcase

Dance With Dragons Limited Edition Dance With Dragons

Limited Edition with Slipcase

A Game of Thrones - The Graphic Novels

A Song of Ice and Fire - The Prequels

All five of the prequel novellas are available in anthologies. The first two have also been adapted into graphic novels.

Legends - includes The Hedge Knight by George R.R. Martin Legends

Includes the novella The Hedge Knight

The Hedge Knight Graphic Novel The Hedge Knight

Graphic Novel

 

Legends II - includes The Sworn Sword by George R.R. Martin Legends II

Includes the novella The Sworn Sword

The Sworn Sword Graphic Novel The Sworn Sword

Graphic Novel

 

Warriors - includes The Mystery Knight by George R.R. Martin Warriors

Includes the novella The Mystery Knight

Dangerous Women - includes The Princess and the Queen by George R.R. Martin Dangerous Women

Includes the novella The Princess and the Queen

Rogues - includes The Rogue Prince by George R.R. Martin Rogues

Includes the novella The Rogue Prince

A Song of Ice and Fire - Companion Books by George R.R. Martin

The World of Ice & Fire The World of Ice & Fire

Comprehensive history of the Seven Kingdoms

A Song of Ice and Fire - Companion Books and Games

A Feast of Ice & Fire by Chelsea Monroe-Cassel & Sariann Lehrer A Feast of Ice & Fire - Cookbook

Chelsea Monroe-Cassel & Sariann Lehrer (Introduction by George R.R. Martin)

Game of Thrones and Philosophy by Henry Jacoby (ed.) Game of Thrones and Philosophy

Henry Jacoby (ed.)

Game of Thrones A-Z by Martin Howden Game of Thrones A-Z

Martin Howden

Winning the Game of Thrones: The Host of Characters and their Agendas Winning the Game of Thrones

Valerie Estelle Frankel

A Game of Thrones: Westeros Intrigue (Card Game) Westeros Intrigue -
Card Game

Fantasy Flight Games

A Game of Thrones: The Board Game A Game of Thrones:
The Board Game

Fantasy Flight Games

Top 5 Most Expensive ’Game of Thrones‘ Sales on AbeBooks

  1. A Game of Thrones - $3,500
    Signed, British, first edition, signed by Martin on title page.
  2. A Song of Ice and Fire - signed 5-book set - $3,000
    A set of all five titles in the series, all hardcover first editions, and all signed by Martin.
  3. A Game of Thrones - signed limited edition - $2,510
    Deluxe numbered and slipcased edition published by Meisha Merlin in 2002. With illustrations by Jeffrey Jones and additional artwork and maps by Charles Keegan. Signed by Martin, Jones, and Keegan.
  4. A Game of Thrones - signed, first UK edition - $2,250
    First UK edition published in 1996 by Voyager, which preceded the US edition by about three weeks. Signed by the author.
  5. A Clash of Kings and A Storm of Swords - signed 2-book set - $1,700
    Signed and numbered limited editions of volumes two and three of the series. A Clash of Kings edition published in by Meisha Merlin and illustrated by John Howe, with A Storm of Swords edition published by Subterranean Press and illustrated by Charles Vess.

 

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