A Game Of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

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23 Critic Reviews

Although the romance of chivalry is central to the culture of the Seven Kingdoms, and tournaments, derring-do and handsome knights abound, these trappings merely give cover to dangerous men and women who will stop at nothing to achieve their goals.
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Synopsis

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.
 

About George R. R. Martin

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GEORGE R. R. MARTIN's Song of Ice and Fire series, beginning with A Game of Thrones (Bantam, 1996), are among the top-selling fantasy novels of this generation and is now an HBO series that will began airing in 2011. He lives in New Mexico.
 
Published January 1, 2003 by Bantam. 819 pages
Genres: Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Comics & Graphic Novels, Political & Social Sciences. Fiction
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Critic reviews for A Game Of Thrones
All: 23 | Positive: 20 | Negative: 3

Kirkus

Excellent
Jul 01 1996

A vast, rich saga, with splendid characters and an intricate plot flawlessly articulated against a backdrop of real depth and texture.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Jul 29 1996

Although the romance of chivalry is central to the culture of the Seven Kingdoms, and tournaments, derring-do and handsome knights abound, these trappings merely give cover to dangerous men and women who will stop at nothing to achieve their goals.

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Suite 101

Excellent
Reviewed by Ryan Arciero on Nov 03 2013

...its intricate plot and surprisingly three-dimensional characters are so entrancing that both the young and old may find this first novel a bit too irresistible.

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SF Site

Excellent
Reviewed by James Seidman

a marvelous, exquisitely written work. It is a rare author who can create such vivid characters, detailed settings, and suspenseful situations.

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SF Signal

Excellent
Reviewed by CliftonHill on Jul 03 2011

A must-read, you will be awed by the intrigue, gripped by the passion, and amazed at the realism in this magical, epic tome.

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Seized by the Tale

Excellent
Reviewed by Tane Aikman on Aug 08 1997

A Game of Thrones is one of the best contributions to the fantasy genre in years. Go out and read it.

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S. Krishna's Books

Good
Reviewed by Swapna Krishna on Aug 07 2011

Martin creates an incredibly intricate world that is completely believable... It’s incredibly well done, and there is no question in my mind why this series is so popular.

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Before It's News

Above average
on Mar 15 2014

...I was surprised by the lack of two elements that I’d been warned about...sex and violence, and secondly, the dizzying array of characters that needed to be kept track of. I’ve no doubt that such things may become more pronounced in later books, but this early in the saga’s progression there is certainly a sense of restraint...

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Good Choice Reading

Excellent
Reviewed by Maria Perez-Martinez on Oct 15 2013

There was killing. There was betrayal. There was family drama, friendship drama, royal drama -- I mean, it was like reading a good telenovela with no end in sight.

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Fantasy Faction

Good
on Sep 08 2013

By populating his world with these three dimensional characters Martin has created a world that whilst fantastical, is grounded with very real themes. Every page and chapter is geared to lead the reader to believe they know where the story is going, only to leave them confused when standard fantasy tropes are turned on their head.

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SF Reviews

Good
Reviewed by Thomas Wagner

A Game of Thrones is a knockout, a bullseye, a touchdown, a home run with bases loaded... it earns the right to be called an epic by virtue of its sweeping and engrossing story

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Sarah Reads Too Much

Good
Reviewed by Sarah Reads Too Much on Apr 10 2014

This did take me about a month to read, and I'm glad for that. This isn't something to rush through because you might miss something!

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Lucybird's Book Blog

Good
on Mar 24 2014

Game of Thrones was very good. It is certainly epic. It takes some effort to read, and some concentration. The characters can be a little difficult to keep a track of, especially at first, but I found that most of the time I knew who was who and how they related to each other by the end.

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Ivy Book Bindings

Good
Reviewed by Keertana on Jan 22 2014

...I would recommend it whole-heartedly. Although I typically shy away from books with multiple perspectives, the third-person narration throughout this novel made the point of view changes with each chapters accessible.

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The Quiet Voice

Good
on Jan 02 2014

The characters won me over. Even with such a large ensemble, George Martin manages to develop most of the characters in ways that make them both likeable and unlikeable.

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Weirdmage's Reviews

Above average
on Sep 06 2013

It's easy to get immersed in the lives of the characters, and the greater storyline is a really interesting one. This certainly strives for excellence. And while it never quite reaches it, it gives the reader a thoroughly enjoying visit to another world.

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Her Life With Books

Good
on Dec 22 2013

I’m feeling a bit at a loss of how to talk about Game of Thrones, guys. I imagine this is how lots of people felt when they read Harry Potter for the first time. A pull. A thrill. A quickening. It’s something about the world and the characters and the way everything gets turned on its head every few chapters.

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Lit Princess

Good
Reviewed by SC on Feb 01 2014

To be completely honest, all I can say is that this was a FANTASTIC book. I know I'm only repeating what thousands of fans have said about his books for years now, but I'll say it again: fantastic.

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Pages of Forbidden Love

Below average
Reviewed by Johnny on Jan 29 2014

...Mr. R. R. Martin spent so much time setting up this world that I was distracted from engaging myself with the characters and was too busy focused on the actual world. Not a bad problem for some to have, but for me,. It was troublesome.

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Mithril Wisdom

Good
Reviewed by Jamie Gibbs on Sep 07 2013

I really like the sheer scale of Martin's writing, and there is such a deep and rich history to Westeros that we've only started to see. Daenerys' chapters at the moment seem completely unrelated and disassociated from the rest of the story, but I'm sure they'll link with each other more in time.

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Daulton Books

Good
May 12 2012

It’s good; the plot is awesome; the depth and grandeur of the telling is fantastic for the most part; and the ending is magnificent.

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The Literary Rapport

Below average
May 26 2012

I’d love to say you don’t feel the book length at all, but I did. While Martin’s ability to create this imaginary realm is truly impressive, I do feel the novel drag on

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On the Nightstand

Good
Reviewed by Catherine on May 15 2012

Martin’s writing is compelling and his characters... are fascinating and complex...I highly recommend you give it a go too. It’s well worth it

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