A Game of Thrones Paperback
Part of the Song of Ice and Fire series
HBO's hit series A GAME OF THRONES is based on George R R Martin's internationally bestselling series A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE, the greatest fantasy epic of the modern age.
A GAME OF THRONES is the first volume in the series. 'So vivid that you'll be hooked within a few pages' The Times Summers span decades.
Winter can last a lifetime. And the struggle for the Iron Throne has begun. As Warden of the north, Lord Eddard Stark counts it a curse when King Robert bestows on him the office of the Hand.
His honour weighs him down at court where a true man does what he will, not what he must ...and a dead enemy is a thing of beauty.
The old gods have no power in the south, Stark's family is split and there is treachery at court.
Worse, the vengeance-mad heir of the deposed Dragon King has grown to maturity in exile in the Free Cities.
He claims the Iron Throne.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 864 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
- Publication Date: 01/09/2011
- Category: Fantasy
- ISBN: 9780007448036
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Review by gmehn
If you hate fantasy, read this. There (might be) some dragons, and a little bit of magic, but it's really all about the people playing the game. Inspired by the wars of the roses, but goes off on his own. Very seldom do I hear myself saying "omigod!" at the pages of a book, but I did here.
Review by eleanor_eader
It seems the only time I get excited about politics is when it’s written into a work of fantasy fiction, where swordsmen on horseback are killing one another off and trading allegiances and plotting deep plots, all in the name of power (some of the plotting is done on foot, I must add, for the sake of accuracy of reporting). It helps if there are dragons, but by the time you get invested in the characters’ politicking, you can really pretty much dispense with anything but the merest whisper of dragons; the direwolfs of George R. R. Martin’s <i>A Game of Thrones</i> stand in their (temporary) absence, as a beautifully simple yet emotionally charged fantasy-fiction touch, and there is a distinctly other-worldly threat from the haunted forest, but this book is largely about the delicate manoeuvring the preludes a vicious shoving match.The motto of the house of Stark is ‘Winter is Coming’. In a land where this last summer has lasted ten years, and the winter apt to be just as long, and for a house situated in the cold North, this has significance beyond mere pessimism. On the other side of the great Wall, the haunted forest is full of gathering threat, largely unheeded except by the diminishing group of the Night Watch, the force that no man joins if there are other options open to him. But Eddard Stark’s immediate problems lie in the south, since the King has burdened him with the ‘honour’ of the position of King’s Hand. The previous Hand died, perhaps under suspicious circumstance, and it is to investigate this possibility that Eddard succumbs to his old friend’s insistence and leaves his homestead, splitting his family, and joins the King and the menacing number of Lannisters, the queen’s family, in the still-sweltering south.This book is so stuffed full of interest and intrigue and tremendous characterisation, that I inhaled vast acres of story without pause; in most books where the point of view is split between characters, there are chapters that I read through while waiting for it to switch to someone more engaging, or whose plight I am more invested in… that simply wasn’t the case here, everything is seamless, including the balance of character interest. And, in the end, dragons after all.
Review by klai
In A Game of Thrones, Martin manages to tell a story of high fantasy, full of kings and warriors, political intrigue and love interest, monsters and peasants, in a setting which feels as if there is a rich unvoiced history and context, which gives thickness to the characters and their actions. The book is written in small chapters from the point of view of various characters, which is rewarding for the reader as this helps bring out more facets of the storylines. In the beginning of the novel, the reader cannot help but side with some of the PoV characters, but by the end, you have realised that matters are not nearly as black and white as they often seem.This was a gripping read. In the end, I grew tired of the constant violence (political and physical) and felt the book could have been (much) shorter, but your mileage may vary.
Review by Sarah_Holroyd
This is an epic, sweeping tale, in the vein of Jordan's Wheel of Time series. As with all gripping tales, characters die, and not always the ones you want to die. I was a little slow in getting hooked, partly because I was having trouble locating things from the text on the maps printed in the beginning of the book. But within a few chapters that ceased to matter and I was into the story. I will certainly be reading the rest of the series.
Review by Elliots89
Only decided on reading the book after watching the HBO show which I thought was fantastic. The book is just as brilliant with great detail given to the back story of each character which really makes you understand and attach yourself to the characters. The book contains plot twists which you don't necessarily see coming. Overall a fantastic read, definitely worth recommending.
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