Del Rey paperback 807 pages
cover art by Stephen Youll (left)
Voyager UK paperback 807 pages
cover art by Jim Burns (right)
From inside cover of US hardback (not shown):
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 Wall.
To the south, the king's powers are failing: his most trusted advisor dead under
mysterious circumstances and his enemies emerging from the shadows of the
throne. At the center of the conflict lie the Starks of Winterfell, a family as
harsh and unyielding as the frozen land they were born to. Now Lord Eddard Stark
is reluctantly summoned to serve as the king's new Hand, an appointment that
threatens to sunder not only his family but the kingdom itself.