Reader Review: I have heard all the hype about the TV series and thought I would give the book a try. I'm so glad I did! This is a really good book!!! It's great to find books that are fun to read. Highly recommend.
A NEW ORIGINAL SERIES, NOW ON HBO.
Here is the first volume in George R. R. Martin’s magnificent cycle of novels that includes A Clash of Kings and A Storm of Swords . As a whole, this series comprises a genuine masterpiece of modern fantasy, bringing together the best the genre has to offer. Magic, mystery, intrigue, romance, and adventure fill these pages and transport us to a world unlike any we have ever experienced. Already hailed as a classic, George R. R. Martin’s stunning series is destined to stand as one of the great achievements of imaginative fiction.
A GAME OF THRONES
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 and supernatural forces are massing beyond the kingdom’s protective Wall. At the center of the conflict lie the Starks of Winterfell, a family as harsh and unyielding as the land they were born to. Sweeping from a land of brutal cold to a distant summertime kingdom of epicurean plenty, here is a tale of lords and ladies, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and bastards, who come together in a time of grim omens.
Here an enigmatic band of warriors bear swords of no human metal; a tribe of fierce wildlings carry men off into madness; a cruel young dragon prince barters his sister to win back his throne; and a determined woman undertakes the most treacherous of journeys. Amid plots and counterplots, tragedy and betrayal, victory and terror, the fate of the Starks, their allies, and their enemies hangs perilously in the balance, as each endeavors to win that deadliest of conflicts: the game of thrones.
BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from George R.R. Martin's A Clash of Kings and a preview of A Game of Thrones: The Graphic Novel.
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A Game of Thrones
The morning had dawned clear and cold, with a crispness that hinted at the end of summer. They set forth at daybreak to see a man beheaded, twenty in all, and Bran rode among them, nervous with excitement. This was the first time he had been deemed old enough to go with his lord father and his brothers to see the king's justice done. It was the ninth year of summer, and the seventh of Bran's life.
The man had been taken outside a small holdfast in the hills. Robb thought he was a wildling, his sword sworn to Mance Rayder, the King-beyond-the-Wall. It made Bran's skin prickle to think of it. He remembered the hearth tales Old Nan told them. The wildlings were cruel men, she said, slavers and slayers and thieves. They consorted with giants and ghouls, stole girl children in the dead of night, and drank blood from polished horns. And their women lay with the Others in the Long Night to sire terrible half-human children.
But the man they found bound hand and foot to the holdfast wall awaiting the king's justice was old and scrawny, not much taller than Robb. He had lost both ears and a finger to frostbite, and he dressed all in black, the same as a brother of the Night's Watch, except that his furs were ragged and greasy.
The breath of man and horse mingled, steaming, in the cold morning air as his lord father had the man cut down from the wall and dragged before them. Robb and Jon sat tall and still on their horses, with Bran between them on his pony, trying to seem older than seven, trying to pretend that he'd seen all this before. A faint wind blew through the holdfast gate. Over their heads flapped the banner of the Starks of Winterfell: a grey direwolf racing acro
Title: A Game of Thrones January 24, 2014 I saw the DVD of the first series before I read the book, and in some ways I wish I'd done it the other way around as I didn't catch all the nuances of the characters in the TV episodes.
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Number of Comments: 11 Rating(s) 7 Review(s)
Great start to a great series
Reviewer: A reader from UK
I like the way Martin leaves lots of mysteries unanswered, and how he's uncompromising - and often unexpected - in the way he treats his characters, who are all very believable, even if not likeable.
If you like fantasy epics and haven't read this already - why not??
January 24, 2014
I saw the DVD of the first series before I read the book, and in some ways I wish I'd done it the other way around as I didn't catch all the nuances of the characters in the TV episodes.
Best Book in a While
July 31, 2012
Reviewer: A reader from Canada
This was one of the best books I have read in a while. To me it seemed like the Wheel of Time series mixed with the Outlander series.
I read the books before I watched the series. This is going to sound strange (or not), but I only started reading this series because Sean Bean was on the boxset.
This book is split into chapters from different characters’ point of views. This includes: Lord Eddard Stark, Lady Catelyn Stark, Sansa Stark, Arya Stark, Bran Stark, Jon Snow, Tyrion Lannister, and Princess (Khaleesi) Daenerys Targaryen. I enjoy books that have different point of views most of the time and I really liked it in this one. There are a few people though that I cannot stand.
All the POV people are connected in some way. Eddard and Catelyn are married and Sansa, Arya and Bran are their children. Jon is Eddard’s child and Tyrion is the queen’s brother (the queen’s husband is Eddard’s best friend). Daenerys’ father was king before the current one.
Slowly they break apart and all start their own stories, but every so often they come back together.
Jon Snow is my favourite character because he is different. He is the bastard son of Eddard Stark and an unknown woman, though he is treated almost like one of the Stark children. His last name is Snow and not Stark because the bastard children in the North all get that for a last name. Everyone in the Stark family treats him like one of their own except Catelyn and Sansa. He is strong, one of the best fighters for his age, and caring. He is more of a do first think later type of character. He goes through some hard times, but throughout the book this helps him mature.
Princess Daenerys Targaryen is the Princess of Dragonstone and my second most favourite character. She is thirteen when the book starts and is forced to marry Khal Drogo, a great leader of the Dothraki people. She is innocent when the book starts, but as it goes on she learns that the world can be a very cruel place.
Eddard Stark is the lord of Winterfell and the husband of Catelyn. He is the father of Robb, Jon, Sansa, Arya, Bran and Rickon. He is best friends with Robert, the king, and soon becomes the Hand of the king. He is very wise and is always trying to do the right thing.
Catelyn Stark is Eddard Stark’s wife and mother to his children (save Jon). She is a strong woman who will risk nothing to save her children. At times she can seem cruel, but soon she would do something fierce and you would give her forgiveness.
Bran Stark is eight when the story starts. He is a bright young boy who loves to climb. He is brave and wants to be a knight when he is older. He faces a hardship in the book, but in my opinion, it only made him stronger.
Sansa Stark is the Starks’ elder daughter. She is described as very pretty and ladylike. All she wants is to get a good marriage and live in a castle. She is mean, in my opinion, especially to Jon (who she refers to as her half-brother and everyone else calls their brother) and Arya. She is one of my least favourite characters in the whole book and my least favourite POV character.
Arya Stark is the youngest daughter of the Stark family. She is a tomboy if I ever saw one. She loves her brother Jon more than anyone in the world and wishes to do something great. She is very strong willed and very spunky. I really enjoy reading her parts.
Tyrion Lannister is the queen’s brother and is more commonly known as the Imp because of his size. I have mixed feelings about him. At times he seems completely evil but then he will turn around and do something good. He is very cunning and can talk his way out of anything.
This book gave me mixed feelings. I don’t mean I hated and loved it, I mean I had so many emotions while reading this. I felt anger, joy, fear, I even cried a few times. When I read a book, you can see my emotions on my face. It was funny because I would be reading on the bud and something good would happen and I would be cheering silently or something terrible would happen and I’d be sitting there holding my breath; this can get you some strange stares from others.
All in all, I highly recommend this book*. It is a great (if a bit long) read.
*This book is not for the weak of heart. It has sex scenes (though not that bad), and a lot of violence. There were some moments where I was glad I was laying down and reading because I could feel my knees grow weak.
July 26, 2012
Reviewer: A reader from BARGOED, CAERPHILLY GBR
I had read the prologue of this book twice and the opening paragraphs of the first chapter once, and yet not persevered beyond that. Something about it failed to appeal, but I thought I would persist with it, as many others have found these books to be brilliant
Sadly, I am not one of these. I can appreciate the work gone into such a large and epic tome; the worldbuilding and genealogy are grandiose. Yet for all that, I found an overwhelming lack of anything to be surprised about in the eight and a half hours or so it took me to read the book. The combat scenes were quite exciting, but obvious, just to illustrate by example. Picture an entrenched, large force of soldiers, expecting combat and set upon by a smaller, tired, less disciplined force. Forward to a small, stealthy unit, laying an ambush for an obviously oblivious opponent. It takes no great mind to work out which are to be victorious in both these encounters, in fact it was so obvious that I had no concern about losing the thread of who was going to win or lose because there was, in my mind, no doubt
Some of the description is well written, there are plenty of interesting characters, some of whom I quite liked reading about. Nonetheless, works of comparable style and tone have bestirred me, rather than left me feeling a little apathetic, and so I'm afraid that I'll be holding off on the second book until a lack of other worthwhile material.
June 26, 2012
Reviewer: A reader from SEATTLE, WA USA
I have heard all the hype about the TV series and thought I would give the book a try. I'm so glad I did! This is a really good book!!! It's great to find books that are fun to read. Highly recommend.
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