Long 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 forces are massing beyond the kingdom's protective walls. Sweeping from a harsh land of cold to a summertime kingdom of epicurean plenty, A Game of Thrones tells a tale of lords and ladies, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and bastards who come together in a time of grim omens. Included in this unique and limited edition package: â€¢ A handsome slipcase edition featuring a linen slipcase and book cover, foil stamped original design, acid-free paper and a satin ribbon marker. â€¢ A special conversation with George R. R. Martin. The author discusses his writing influences, his own style, his characters and their perspectives, having his vision come to the screen, and more! â€¢ Meet the Writers interview with George R. R. Martin, in which the author talks about A Dance With Dragons, the fifth book in the Song of Ice and Fire series and a love of reading. â€¢ George R. R. Martin answers questions about the new HBO original series A Game of Thrones. â€¢ A special full-color preview, including original character sketches, of A Game of Thrones: The Graphic Novel, No. 1-based on George R. R. Martin's novel of the same name.