A Game of Thrones, Volume 1

A Game of Thrones, Volume 1

The Graphic Novel

By George R. R. Martin; Tommy Patterson (Illustrator); Daniel Abraham (Adapted by)

Bantam, Hardcover, 9780440423218, 240pp.

Publication Date: March 27, 2012


This graphic novel adaptation contains more than fifty pages of exclusive content not available in the original comic books, including
- a new Preface by George R. R. Martin
- early renderings of key scenes and favorite characters from the novels
- a walk-through of the entire creative process, from auditioning the artists to tweaking the scripts to coloring the final pages
- behind-the-scenes commentary from Daniel Abraham, Tommy Patterson, and series editor Anne Groell
You've read the books. You've watched the hit series on HBO. Now acclaimed novelist Daniel Abraham and illustrator Tommy Patterson bring George R. R. Martin's epic fantasy masterwork "A Game of Thrones" to majestic new life in the pages of this full-color graphic novel. Comprised of the initial six issues of the graphic series, this is the first volume in what is sure to be one of the most coveted collaborations of the year.
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.

About the Author
George R.R. Martin has been a full-time writer for over 25 years. He is the author of the acclaimed, internationally bestselling fantasy series "A Song of Ice and Fire", which is the basis of HBO's popular "Game of Thrones "television series. Martin has won multiple science fiction awards, including 4 Hugos, 2 Nebulas, the Bram Stoker, the Locus Award, the World Fantasy Award, the Daedelus, the Balrog, and the Daikon (Japanese Hugo).

Daniel Abraham has had stories published in the "Vanishing Acts, Bones of the World, "and "The Dark" anthologies, and has also been included in Gardner Dozois's "Year's Best Science Fiction" anthology. He won the International Horror Writers Association award for best short fiction for his story Flat Diane. His books include The Long Price Quartet, starting with "A Shadow in Summer". He lives in New Mexico with his wife and daughter.