Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire #1), A

George R.R. Martin
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.


Reviewed: 2020-06-17

I will freely admit that before reading this I didn't do much reading at all. Growing up, I would only read occasionally and I would mainly read the same few books repeatedly. In my adult life, I almost stopped reading altogether, but in 2016 a friend of mine started trying to convince me I should read George R. R. Martin's A Game of Thrones. I began watching the show and honestly became quickly bored with it, but he insisted that the book was better like so many other book readers would say about books made into movies or tv shows. A couple of years passed after I gave up on the show and I gave it a shot while on vacation. I must admit that it pleasantly surprised me on how much more I enjoyed it than the tv show. I can't say that it is a book I can't put down, but I enjoy reading it. I was warned beforehand about Mr. Martin's tendency to take his time on releasing books, but at the time I didn't think much about it because I didn't read much. It is an impressive story that keeps you guessing on how it will end and I recommend it to anyone who wants a story that will keep your attention. I'm giving this book 3.5 stars out of 5 not because it isn't a great book, on the contrary, it is a wonderful book that follows multiple characters through their unique stories to craft an overarching story of a superb design. My only complaint is that it took me multiple tries for me to get thoroughly engrossed in the story. 

Reviewed: 2020-02-29

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