By George R. R. Martin

For the 1st time, all 5 novels within the epic myth sequence that encouraged HBO’s Game of Thrones are jointly in a single boxed set. An immersive leisure event not like the other, A track of Ice and hearth has earned George R. R. Martin—dubbed “the American Tolkien” through Time magazine—international acclaim and thousands of dependable readers. Now here's the complete huge cycle:
 
A online game OF THRONES
A conflict OF KINGS
A hurricane OF SWORDS
A ceremonial dinner OF CROWS
A DANCE WITH DRAGONS
 
“One of the easiest sequence within the historical past of fantasy.”—Los Angeles Times
 
wintry weather is coming. Such is the strict motto of condominium Stark, the northernmost of the fiefdoms that owe allegiance to King Robert Baratheon in far away King’s touchdown. There Eddard Stark of Winterfell principles in Robert’s identify. There his kinfolk dwells in peace and luxury: his proud spouse, Catelyn; his sons Robb, Brandon, and Rickon; his daughters Sansa and Arya; and his bastard son, Jon Snow. a ways to the north, in the back of the towering Wall, lie savage Wildings and worse—unnatural issues relegated to fantasy in the course of the centuries-long summer time, yet proving all too actual and all too lethal within the turning of the season.
 
but a extra speedy danger lurks to the south, the place Jon Arryn, the Hand of the King, has died lower than mysterious situations. Now Robert is using north to Winterfell, bringing his queen, the stunning yet chilly Cersei, his son, the harsh, vainglorious Prince Joffrey, and the queen’s brothers Jaime and Tyrion of the robust and prosperous apartment Lannister—the first a swordsman the ultimate, the second one a dwarf whose stunted stature belies a super brain. All are heading for Winterfell and a fateful stumble upon that might swap the process kingdoms.
 
in the meantime, around the slender Sea, Prince Viserys, inheritor of the fallen condo Targaryen, which as soon as governed all of Westeros, schemes to reclaim the throne with a military of barbarian Dothraki—whose loyalty he'll buy within the basically coin left to him: his attractive but blameless sister, Daenerys.
 
“Long dwell George Martin . . . a literary dervish, enthralled through complex characters and vibrant language, and bursting with the wild imaginative and prescient of the superior story tellers.”—The manhattan Times

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The incombustible pieces of dress which he uses for the body, arms, and legs, are formed out of strong cloth, which has been steeped in a solution of alum, while those for the head, hands, and feet, are made of cloth of asbestos or amianthus. The head dress is a large cap which envelops the whole head down to the neck, having suitable perforations for the eyes, nose, and mouth. The stockings and cap are single, but the gloves are made of double amianthus cloth, to enable the fireman to take into his hand burning or red−hot bodies.

II, page 58, which reads as follows: Anno 1006, there was at Prague a certain Silesian, who, for a small reward in money, did (in the presence of many persons) swallow down white stones to the number of thirty−six; they weighed very near three pounds; the least of them was of the size of a pigeon's egg, so that I could scarce hold them all in my hand at four times: this rash adventure he divers years made for gain, and was sensible of no injury to his health thereby. The next man of this type of whom I find record lived over six hundred years later.

Swords of this type are quite thin, less than one−eighth of an inch thick, and four or five of them can be swallowed at once. Slowly withdrawing them one at a time, and throwing them on the stage in different directions, makes an effective display. A small, but strong, electric light bulb attached to the end of a cane, is a very effective piece of apparatus for sword swallowers, as, on a darkened stage, the passage of the light down the throat and into the stomach can be plainly seen by the audience.

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