Sean Bean portrays Lord Eddard "Ned" Stark in a scene from the acclaimed HBO series "Game of Thrones," based on George R.R. Martin's popular books. Martin's latest, "A Dance With Dragons," comes out Tuesday.
In a century past, an obscure fantasy novel emerged from the ever-churning seas of book publishing where an infinity of stories drown unread.
But championed by an army of obsessed fans, primarily young and masculine, this 1996 tale of dynastic warfare on a medieval meets magical alternative continent named Westeros evolved from cult favorite to best-selling series to this year's hit HBO show "Game of Thrones."
Behold George R.R. Martin and his "A Song of Ice and Fire" cycle. Tuesday, more than 650,000 hardcover copies of "A Dance With Dragons" (Bantam, $35), the fifth book in the series, ...