A Game of Thrones

A Game of Thrones

Book - 1996
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NOW THE ACCLAIMED HBO SERIES GAME OF THRONES

From a master of contemporary fantasy comes the first novel of a landmark series unlike any you've ever read before. With A Game of Thrones, George R. R. Martin has launched a genuine masterpiece, bringing together the best the genre has to offer. Mystery, intrigue, romance, and adventure fill the pages of this magnificent saga, the first volume in an epic series sure to delight fantasy fans everywhere.

A GAME OF THRONES
A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE: BOOK ONE

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 adviser 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.

Sweeping from a harsh land of cold to a summertime kingdom of epicurean plenty, A Game of Thrones tells 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 thro≠ a child is lost in the twilight between life and death; and a determined woman undertakes a treacherous journey to protect all she holds dear. Amid plots and counter-plots, tragedy and betrayal, victory and terror, allies and enemies, the fate of the Starks hangs perilously in the balance, as each side endeavors to win that deadliest of conflicts: the game of thrones.

Unparalleled in scope and execution, A Game of Thrones is one of those rare reading experiences that catch you up from the opening pages, won't let you go until the end, and leave you yearning for more.
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, 1996
ISBN: 9780553103540
0553103547
9780553573404
Branch Call Number: F Mar

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High fantasy with a complexity that you've never seen before. If you like great story lines, this is a must read. Intricate characters. One of the best fantasy series of all time.

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lyla786
Oct 25, 2017

I watched the show before reading the book, which is why I already had a heads up of what was going on. Yet I still enjoyed the book as much as the show. Some people will tell me "You shouldn't be reading such books" because of my age. But children are being introduced to the stuff at younger ages now, including myself. It was a long read, no doubt. This was my first time reading a book with over eight hundred pages and it took me much longer to finish it than I'd anticipated. There were words that we don't use in today's books but it was a good read. I recommend it to Teenagers because there is a lot of fantasy. - Lyla

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Marilyn34
Oct 23, 2017

I felt that I was some of the characters in the novel and I was in all the action.

Check out my review of "A Game of Thrones" on my blog at:
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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Aug 18, 2017

If you’ve been anywhere on the Internet these past few months, chances are, you’ll have heard of Game of Thrones. For the past 6 years, this TV show has been capturing the hearts of millions of viewers, and has generated a fan base spanning across countries and continents. But before it was a world-famous TV series, it was a book, and it all started with A Game of Thrones, the first book in George R. R. Martin’s colossal 7-part fantasy series, known as A Song of Ice and Fire. Set against a magnificently detailed world, A Game of Thrones combines fantasy and history with politics and delivers an exceptional story: one with complex, 3-dimensional characters, a richly woven and intricate plot, and a gorgeously imagined setting. Addictive and intense, striking and vivid, A Game of Thrones explores the line between good and evil, and creates a brilliantly engaging storyline that draws you in completely and never lets go. Without a doubt, it is certainly Martin’s finest work. 5/5 Stars
- @Apis of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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BrandonBlanchard
Aug 18, 2017

The original book remains the best single book in the series, despite being twenty years old now.

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ausnos
Aug 13, 2017

George R.R. Martin is truly a master of his craft! Admittedly, I have not seen the series on HBO or read any of his books until now, but I must comment how impressed I am of his writing! It has everything one could hope in an adult fantasy novel! It's so immersive with all the elements that a novel should have! Moreover, I find it to be one of the very few novels that I have read which has not irritated or put me to sleep. Martin crafts such a rich world with intricate detail, and a myriad of colourful characters that immerses the reader that much more! Sheer brilliance!

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Uchinaguchi
Jul 28, 2017

I don't know if I would've enjoyed this book if I hadn't watched the series first. Like the series, the book follows several story lines and jumps from one to another that could cause the reader to be confused. But because I was already familiar with this, and with who belongs to which house and the lay of the land, I found this to be a rather enjoyable read. I was surprised at how close the series kept everything to this book, but I also felt that the differences don't take away from either the book or the series. There were parts of this book that made my skin crawl and I found that I was fully engulfed in the book, waiting and wondering what would happen next even though I already knew.

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MamaOsa7
Jun 26, 2017

I love the Lord of the Rings and enjoy this style of fantasy writing, but found the Game of Thrones series to have too many vivid sexual scenes. I don't like them and certainly don't want to encourage my teenage sons to read them... I enjoyed the rest of these books, and I read several in the series before deciding to delete them all (from my kindle) due to these sexual scenes.

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Blacknexus
Mar 13, 2017

A good novel but painfully slow paced at times

Nicr Feb 28, 2017

Prodigiously imagined, well-paced, well-written. Compulsively readable.

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blue_turtle_550
Dec 30, 2016

A good beginning to the series, if you like that kind of thing. This one introduces characters you tend to get attached to, which is dangerous because this author is not afraid to do anything. The language is quite beautiful and free-flowing, and probably the only part with literary value. I never finished the series because everyone I cared about was dead, and you do get jaded of all the gruesome violence and smut after a while. It's a politically heavy read. The TV show, I think, is a good complement to the books. Still-- there really wasn't a point to all of it, because basically it all boils down to a couple of vicious scoundrels battling for a country they don't care about. It would be funny if they were all nuked in the end, and the US navy sails in to establish democracy. When you stop caring...

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xTashleyx
Nov 11, 2016

"And I have a tender spot in my heart for cripples and bastards and broken things." ~ Tyrion Lannister

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xTashleyx
Nov 03, 2016

"Never forget what you are, for surely the world will not. Make it your strength. Then it can never be your weakness. Armor yourself in it, and it will never be used to hurt you." ~ Tyrion Lannister

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originofanna
Aug 01, 2016

"When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die. There is no middle ground."

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originofanna
Aug 01, 2016

"For the first time in hundreds of years, the night came alive with the music of dragons."

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originofanna
Aug 01, 2016

"Only death can pay for life"

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jared15
May 24, 2016

"Fear cuts deeper than swords."

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xzhang17
Jul 07, 2015

“Fear cuts deeper than swords.”

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xzhang17
Jul 07, 2015

“Bran thought about it. 'Can a man still be brave if he's afraid?' 'That is the only time a man can be brave,' his father told him.”

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xzhang17
Jul 07, 2015

“Never forget what you are, for surely the world will not. Make it your strength. Then it can never be your weakness. Armour yourself in it, and it will never be used to hurt you.”

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MeReneG
May 12, 2015

"When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die. There is no middle ground." [Pg 408; Cersei to Eddard, while Robert is away hunting.]

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jared15
May 24, 2016

Violence: A lot of death, and they talk about torture

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JihadiConservative
Jul 13, 2015

Violence: Contains brutal and often gory/graphic violence. Many charecters die in terrible ways such as being tortured to death. People die by swords and arrows. There are some graphic murders. Intestines are spilled and many charecters die in terrible ways. No joke-- This is not for the faint of heart.

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JihadiConservative
Jul 13, 2015

Coarse Language: Contains some harsh words: F**k is used a handful of times but not to many. Whore, bitch, c**k ect.. is used fairly frequently. However, it is less than many other adult books.

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JihadiConservative
Jul 13, 2015

Sexual Content: Contains a fair amount of sex and sex violence. It is not graphically described but there are rape scenes, sex scenes and a incest plot that is very important later on. So in short, there are some strong sex scenes but not explicitly described. There are prostitutes throughout the novel and talk of sex throughout.

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dickalan
Sep 02, 2014

Coarse Language: Lots of fucking coarse language.

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dickalan
Sep 02, 2014

Sexual Content: Super rape(tm).

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dickalan
Sep 02, 2014

Violence: Wyyked awesome violence

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nicoleelaine8
Aug 07, 2014

Violence: beheading, bloody violence, war, execution

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nicoleelaine8
Aug 07, 2014

Sexual Content: rape, incest, prostitutes

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shinner2
Feb 01, 2014

Violence: Torture, Beheading

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xzhang17
Jul 14, 2015

The novel focuses on three distinct story lines in a medieval world. In the Seven Kingdoms, Lord of Winterfell Eddard “Ned” Stark has been promoted to Hand of the King after the death of his mentor and the previous Hand Jon Arryn. However, Ned’s investigation of the mysterious circumstances surrounding his mentor’s death soon sets him on a dangerous path. At the same time, his illegitimate son Jon Snow is headed to the Wall to join the Night’s Watch. Although Jon forges new relationships there, he cannot help but grow disillusioned about his purpose there. Across the sea, Viserys and Daenerys Targaryen are biding the time until they can reclaim their birthright as the heirs of the Iron Throne. As these different storylines intertwine, I found the book harder and harder to put down.

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red_cobra_341
Jun 22, 2015

The Starks find the first direwolves seen in years, plotting begins and Brandon falls, a game of thrones is played, and just somewhere, the Others begin to stir.

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Caleb98
Jul 12, 2012

the starks find dire wolves the first seen in years.

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 06, 2012

rllllllly goodbook about adventure and action and thriller

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