A Game of ThronesPaperback - 2002
Nominated as one of America's best-loved novels by PBS's The Great American Read
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 throne; 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.
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red_panda_423 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 5 and 10
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"And I have a tender spot in my heart for cripples and bastards and broken things." ~ Tyrion Lannister
"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
"When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die. There is no middle ground."
"For the first time in hundreds of years, the night came alive with the music of dragons."
“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.”
“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.”
"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.]
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.
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.
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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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.
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.