George R. R. Martin Fantasy novel A Game of Thrones. Published in 1996. Bantam Books
On the morning after battle, the crows had feasted on victors and vanquished alike. How much can a crown be worth,
when a crow can dine upon a king?
A Lannister sits upon the Iron Throne. But the days of betrayal and bloodshed are far from over.
Among the ashes of war, new conflicts spark to life. Daring new plots and dangerous new alliances are formed which threaten to engulf Westeros. But in this game of thrones, victory will go to those with the sharpest steel and the coldest hearts. ‘Fantasy fiction’s equivalent to The Wire’ Telegraph
‘Mr Martin is a literary dervish, bursting with the wild vision of the very best tale tellers’