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NOW THE ACCLAIMED HBO SERIES GAME OF THRONES—THE MASTERPIECE THAT BECAME A CULTURAL PHENOMENON
 
Winter is coming. Such is the stern motto of House Stark, the northernmost of the fiefdoms that owe allegiance to King Robert Baratheon in far-off King’s Landing. There Eddard Stark of Winterfell rules in Robert’s name. There his family dwells in peace and comfort: his proud wife, Catelyn; his sons Robb, Brandon, and Rickon; his daughters Sansa and Arya; and his bastard son, Jon Snow. Far to the north, behind the towering Wall, lie savage Wildings and worse—unnatural things relegated to myth during the centuries-long summer, but proving all too real and all too deadly in the turning of the season.
 
Yet a more immediate threat lurks to the south, where Jon Arryn, the Hand of the King, has died under mysterious circumstances. Now Robert is riding north to Winterfell, bringing his queen, the lovely but cold Cersei, his son, the cruel, vainglorious Prince Joffrey, and the queen’s brothers Jaime and Tyrion of the powerful and wealthy House Lannister—the first a swordsman without equal, the second a dwarf whose stunted stature belies a brilliant mind. All are heading for Winterfell and a fateful encounter that will change the course of kingdoms.
 
Meanwhile, across the Narrow Sea, Prince Viserys, heir of the fallen House Targaryen, which once ruled all of Westeros, schemes to reclaim the throne with an army of barbarian Dothraki—whose loyalty he will purchase in the only coin left to him: his beautiful yet innocent sister, Daenerys.

Amazon.com Review

Readers of epic fantasy series are: (1) patient--they are left in suspense between each volume, (2) persistent--they reread or at least review the previous book(s) when a new installment comes out, (3) strong--these 700-page doorstoppers are heavy, and (4) mentally agile--they follow a host of characters through a myriad of subplots. In A Game of Thrones, the first book of a projected six, George R.R. Martin rewards readers with a vividly real world, well-drawn characters, complex but coherent plotting, and beautifully constructed prose, which Locus called "well above the norms of the genre."

Martin''s Seven Kingdoms resemble England during the Wars of the Roses, with the Stark and Lannister families standing in for the Yorks and Lancasters. The story of these two families and their struggle to control the Iron Throne dominates the foreground; in the background is a huge, ancient wall marking the northern border, beyond which barbarians, ice vampires, and direwolves menace the south as years-long winter advances. Abroad, a dragon princess lives among horse nomads and dreams of fiery reconquest.

There is much bloodshed, cruelty, and death, but A Game of Thrones is nevertheless compelling; it garnered a Nebula nomination and won the 1996 Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel. So, on to A Clash of Kings! --Nona Vero

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"The major fantasy of the decade . . . compulsively readable."— Denver Post

"We have been invited to a grand feast and pageant: George R.R. Martin has unveiled for us an intensely realized, romantic but realistic world."— Chicago Sun-Times

"A Best Book of 1996: Martin makes a triumphant return to high fantasy . . . [with] superbly developed characters, accomplished prose, and sheer bloodymindedness."— Publishers Weekly, starred review

"A splendid saga . . . . Inventive and intricately plotted."— BookPage

"Magic . . . George R.R.Martin''s first fantasy epic [is set] well above the norms of the genre."— Locus

"Such a splendid tale and such a fantasticorical! I read my eyes out and couldn''t stop ''til I finished and it was dawn."—Anne McCaffrey

From the Back Cover

"A Game of Thrones is a contemporary masterpiece of fantasy. The cold is returning to Winterfell, where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime. A time of conflict has arisen in the Stark family, as they are pulled from the safety of their home into a whirlpool of tragedy, betrayal, assassination, plots and counterplots. Each decision and action carries with it the potential for conflict as several prominent families, comprised of lords, ladies, soldiers, sorcerers, assassins and bastards, are pulled together in the most deadly game of all--the game of thrones.

About the Author

George R. R. Martin is the #1  New York Times bestselling author of many novels, including the acclaimed series A Song of Ice and Fire— A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, A Feast for Crows, and  A Dance with Dragons—as well as  Tuf Voyaging, Fevre Dream, The Armageddon Rag, Dying of the Light, Windhaven (with Lisa Tuttle),  and  Dreamsongs Volumes I and  II. He is also the creator of  The Lands of Ice and Fire, a collection of maps from A Song of Ice and Fire featuring original artwork from illustrator and cartographer Jonathan Roberts, and  The World of Ice & Fire (with Elio M. García, Jr., and Linda Antonsson). As a writer-producer, Martin has worked on  The Twilight Zone, Beauty and the Beast, and various feature films and pilots that were never made. He lives with the lovely Parris in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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The morning had dawned clear and cold, with a crispness that hinted at the end of summer.  They set forth at daybreak to see a man beheaded, twenty in all, and Bran rode among them, nervous with excitement.  This was the first time he had been deemed old enough to go with his lord father and his brothers to see the king''s justice done.  It was the ninth year of summer, and the seventh of Bran''s life.

The man had been taken outside a small holdfast in the hills.  Robb thought he was a wildling, his sword sworn to Mance Rayder, the King-beyond-the-Wall.  It made Bran''s skin prickle to think of it.  He remembered the hearth tales Old Nan told them.  The wildlings were cruel men, she said, slavers and slayers and thieves.  They consorted with giants and ghouls, stole girl children in the dead of night, and drank blood from polished horns.  And their women lay with the Others in the Long Night to sire terrible half-human children.

But the man they found bound hand and foot to the holdfast wall awaiting the king''s justice was old and scrawny, not much taller than Robb.  He had lost both ears and a finger to frostbite, and he dressed all in black, the same as a brother of the Night''s Watch, except that his furs were ragged and greasy.

The breath of man and horse mingled, steaming, in the cold morning air as his lord father had the man cut down from the wall and dragged before them.  Robb and Jon sat tall and still on their horses, with Bran between them on his pony, trying to seem older than seven, trying to pretend that he''d seen all this before.  A faint wind blew through the holdfast gate.  Over their heads flapped the banner of the Starks of Winterfell: a grey direwolf racing across an ice-white field.

Bran''s father sat solemnly on his horse, long brown hair stirring in the wind.  His closely trimmed beard was shot with white, making him look older than his thirty-five years.  He had a grim cast to his grey eyes this day, and he seemed not at all the man who would sit before the fire in the evening and talk softly of the age of heroes and the children of the forest.  He had taken off Father''s face, Bran thought, and donned the face of Lord Stark of Winterfell.

There were questions asked and answers given there in the chill of morning, but afterward Bran could not recall much of what had been said.  Finally his lord father gave a command, and two of his guardsmen dragged the ragged man to the ironwood stump in the center of the square.  They forced his head down onto the hard black wood.  Lord Eddard Stark dismounted and his ward Theon Greyjoy brought forth the sword.  "Ice," that sword was called.  It was as wide across as a man''s hand, and taller even than Robb.  The blade was Valyrian steel, spell-forged and dark as smoke.  Nothing held an edge like Valyrian steel.

His father peeled off his gloves and handed them to Jory Cassel, the captain of his household guard.  He took hold of Ice with both hands and said, "In the name of Robert of the House Baratheon, the First of his Name, King of the Andals and the Rhoynar and the First Men, Lord of the Seven Kingdoms and Protector of the Realm, by the word of Eddard of the House Stark, Lord of Winterfell and Warden of the North, I do sentence you to die."  He lifted the great sword high above his head.

Bran''s bastard brother Jon Snow moved closer.  "Keep the pony well in hand," he whispered.  "And don''t look away.  Father will know if you do."

Bran kept his pony well in hand, and did not look away.

His father took off the man''s head with a single sure stroke.  Blood sprayed out across the snow, as red as summerwine.  One of the horses reared and had to be restrained to keep from bolting.  Bran could not take his eyes off the blood.  The snows around the stump drank it eagerly, reddening as he watched.

The head bounced off a thick root and rolled.  It came up near Greyjoy''s feet.  Theon was a lean, dark youth of nineteen who found everything amusing.  He laughed, put his boot on the head,and kicked it away.

"Ass," Jon muttered, low enough so Greyjoy did not hear.  He put a hand on Bran''s shoulder, and Bran looked over at his bastard brother.  "You did well," Jon told him solemnly.  Jon was fourteen, an old hand at justice.

It seemed colder on the long ride back to Winterfell, though the wind had died by then and the sun was higher in the sky.  Bran rode with his brothers, well ahead of the main party, his pony struggling hard to keep up with their horses.

"The deserter died bravely," Robb said.  He was big and broad and growing every day, with his mother''s coloring, the fair skin, red-brown hair, and blue eyes of the Tullys of Riverrun.  "He had courage, at the least."

"No," Jon Snow said quietly.  "It was not courage.  This one was dead of fear.  You could see it in his eyes, Stark."  Jon''s eyes were a grey so dark they seemed almost black, but there was little they did not see.  He was of an age with Robb, but they did not look alike.  Jon was slender where Robb was muscular, dark where Robb was fair, graceful and quick where his half brother was strong and fast.

Robb was not impressed.  "The Others take his eyes," he swore.  "He died well.  Race you to the bridge?"

"Done," Jon said, kicking his horse forward.  Robb cursed and followed, and they galloped off down the trail, Robb laughing and hooting, Jon silent and intent.  The hooves of their horses kicked up showers of snow as they went.

Bran did not try to follow.  His pony could not keep up.  He had seen the ragged man''s eyes, and he was thinking of them now.  After a while, the sound of Robb''s laughter receded, and the woods grew silent again.

That was when Jon reappeared on the crest of the hill before them.  He waved and shouted down at them.   "Father, Bran, come quickly, see what Robb has found!"  Then he was gone again.

Jory rode up beside them.  "Trouble, my lord?"

"Beyond a doubt," his lord father said.  "Come, let us see what mischief my sons have rooted out now."  He sent his horse into a trot.  Jory and Bran and the rest came after.

They found Robb on the riverbank north of the bridge, with Jon still mounted beside him.  The late summer snows had been heavy this moonturn.  Robb stood knee-deep in white, his hood pulled back so the sun shone in his hair.  He was cradling something in his arm, while the boys talked in hushed, excited voices.

The riders picked their way carefully through the drifts, groping for solid footing on the hidden, uneven ground.  Jory Cassel and Theon Greyjoy were the first to reach the boys.  Greyjoy was laughing and joking as he rode.  Bran heard the breath go out of him.   "Gods!" he exclaimed, struggling to keep control of his horse as he reached for his sword.

Jory''s sword was already out.  "Robb, get away from it!" he called as his horse reared under him.

Robb grinned and looked up from the bundle in his arms.  "She can''t hurt you," he said.  "She''s dead, Jory."

Bran was afire with curiosity by then.  He would have spurred the pony faster, but his father made them dismount beside the bridge and approach on foot.  Bran jumped off and ran.

By then Jon, Jory, and Theon Greyjoy had all dismounted as well.  "What in the seven hells is it?" Greyjoy was saying.

"A wolf," Robb told him.

"A freak," Greyjoy said.  "Look at the size of it."

Bran''s heart was thumping in his chest as he pushed through a waist-high drift to his brothers'' side.

Half-buried in blood stained snow, a huge dark shape slumped in death.  Ice had formed in its shaggy grey fur, and the faint smell of corruption clung to it like a woman''s perfume.  Bran glimpsed blind eyes crawling with maggots, a wide mouth full of yellowed teeth.  But it was the size of it that made him gasp.  It was bigger than his pony, twice the size of the largest hound in his father''s kennel.

"It''s no freak," Jon said calmly.  "That''s a direwolf.  They grow larger than the other kind."

Theon Greyjoy said, "There''s not been a direwolf sighted south of the Wall in two hundred years."

"I see one now," Jon replied.

Bran tore his eyes away from the monster.  That was when he noticed the bundle in Robb''s arms.  He gave a cry of delight and moved closer.  The pup was a tiny ball of grey-black fur, its eyes still closed.  It nuzzled blindly against Robb''s chest as he cradled it, searching for milk among his leathers, making a sad little whimpery sound.  Bran reached out hesitantly.  "Go on,"Robb told him.  "You can touch him."

Bran gave the pup a quick nervous stroke, then turned as Jon said, "Here you go."  His half brother put a second pup into his arms.  "There are five of them."  Bran sat down in the snow and hugged the wolf pup to his face.  Its fur was soft and warm against his cheek.

"Direwolves loose in the realm, after so many years," muttered Hullen, the master of horse.  "I like it not."

"It is a sign," Jory said.

Father frowned.  "This is only a dead animal, Jory," he said.  Yet he seemed troubled.  Snow crunched under his boots as he moved around the body.  "Do we know what killed her?"

"There''s something in the throat," Robb told him, proud to have found the answer before his father even asked.  "There, just under the jaw."

His father knelt and groped under the beast''s head with his hand.  He gave a yank and held it up for all to see.  A foot of shattered antler, tines snapped off, all wet with blood.

A sudden silence descended over the party.  The men looked at the antler uneasily, and no one dared to speak.  Even Bran could sense their fear, though he did not understand.

His father tossed the antler to the side and cleansed his hands in the snow.  "I''m surprised she lived long enough to whelp," he said.  His voice broke the spell.

"Maybe she didn''t," Jory said.  "I''ve heard tales .  .  .  maybe the bitch was already dead when the pups came."

"Born with the dead," another man put in.  "Worse luck."

"No matter," said Hullen.  "They be dead soon enough too."

Bran gave a wordless cry of dismay.

"The sooner the better," Theon Greyjoy agreed.  He drew his sword.  "Give the beast here, Bran."

The little thing squirmed against him, as if it heard and understood.   "No!" Bran cried out fiercely.  "It''s mine."

"It be a mercy to kill them," Hullen said.

Bran looked to his lord father for rescue, but got only a frown, a furrowed brow.  "Hullen speaks truly, son.  Better a swift death than a hard one from cold and starvation."

"No!"  He could feel tears welling in his eyes, and he looked away.  He did not want to cry in front of his father.

"Lord Stark," Jon said.  It was strange to hear him call Father that, so formal.  Bran looked at him with desperate hope.  "There are five pups," he told Father.  "Three male, two female."

"What of it, Jon?"

"You have five true born children," Jon said.  "Three sons, two daughters.  The direwolf is the sigil of your House.  Your children were meant to have these pups, my lord."

Bran saw his father''s face change, saw the other men exchange glances.  He loved Jon with all his heart at that moment.  Even at seven, Bran understood what his brother had done.  The count had come right only because Jon had omitted himself.  He had included the girls, included even Rickon, the baby, but not the bastard who bore the surname Snow, the name that custom decreed be given to all those in the north unlucky enough to be born with no name of their own.

Their father understood as well.  "You want no pup for yourself, Jon?" he asked softly.

"The direwolf graces the banners of House Stark," Jon pointed out.  "I am no Stark, Father."

Their lord father regarded Jon thoughtfully.  Robb rushed into the silence he left.  "I will nurse him myself, Father," he promised.  "I will soak a towel with warm milk, and give him suck from that."

"Me too!" Bran echoed.

The lord weighed his sons long and carefully with his eyes.  "Easy to say, and harder to do.  I will not have you wasting the servants'' time with this.  If you want these pups, you will feed them yourselves.  Is that understood?"

Bran nodded eagerly.  The pup squirmed in his grasp, lickedat his face with a warm tongue.

It was not until they were mounted and on their way that Bran allowed himself to taste the sweet air of victory.  By then, his pup was snuggled inside his leathers, warm against him, safe for the long ride home.  Bran was wondering what to name him.

Halfway across the bridge, Jon pulled up suddenly.

"What is it, Jon?" their lord father asked.

"Can''t you hear it?"

Bran could hear the wind in the trees, the clatter of their hooves on the ironwood planks, the whimpering of his hungry pup, but Jon was listening to something else.

"There," Jon said.  He swung his horse around and galloped back across the bridge.  They watched him dismount where the direwolf lay dead in the snow, watched him kneel.  A moment later he was riding back to them, smiling.

"He must have crawled away from the others," Jon said.

"Or been driven away," their father said, looking at the sixth pup.  His fur was white, where the rest of the litter was grey.  His eyes were as red as the blood of the ragged man who had died that morning.  Bran thought it curious that this pup alone would have opened his eyes while the others were still blind.

"An albino," Theon Greyjoy said with wry amusement.  "This one will die even faster than the others."

Jon Snow gave his father''s ward a long, chilling look.  "I think not, Greyjoy," he said.  "This one belongs to me."

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"We all do our duty when there is no cost to it."
Reviewed in the United States on August 5, 2017
So I finally caved and read “A Game of Thrones”, despite the fact that I insist that I am not a fantasy guy. I will admit it. I really enjoyed this book. It kept my attention and I found myself wanting to go back and read it! It is a big book, many people, have said... See more
So I finally caved and read “A Game of Thrones”, despite the fact that I insist that I am not a fantasy guy. I will admit it. I really enjoyed this book. It kept my attention and I found myself wanting to go back and read it!
It is a big book, many people, have said many things about it. Here are some of mine:
• The characterization is really good. There are defined personalities and traits and Mr. Martin usually conveys them without a superfluous amount of words.
• The alternating points of view chapter by chapter. This device allows the reader to take in the massive scope of the story that is being told here in manageable chunks. I hope this style continues thru the series.
• The large arc of the story. Mr. Martin has created world here, with a complete and rich history.
• The novel is unapologetic. By that, I mean there is rampant sexism, violence, etc. Not pretty elements, but the author is not casting a modern eye on them apologizing for every undesirable trait. This is an ancient world, not like our own. He allows that story to happen without foisting modern sensibilities on it. I appreciate someone just telling a story and letting the actions speak for themselves. You are disgusted or titillated by what the characters are doing based on how you view the world.
That is a quick overview, but some of the highlights. I will say, the overlong descriptions of clothing and food I could do with a little less of, but it is a small quibble, and I have friends who love that aspect of the book, so there ya go.
I will be continuing this journey through the Seven Kingdoms, but I am not sure when. My “to read” pile is massive enough as it is.
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Highly recommended whether you are watching the series or not. Awesomely brilliant.
Reviewed in the United States on May 29, 2016
I was sitting next to a young woman reading on a plane who was reading this. She told me that she liked it much better than the series. That it was well-written and hard to put down. She specifically mentioned that it had very little of the gratuitous sex that seems to... See more
I was sitting next to a young woman reading on a plane who was reading this. She told me that she liked it much better than the series. That it was well-written and hard to put down. She specifically mentioned that it had very little of the gratuitous sex that seems to pervade the TV show. On her recommendation, I bought the book and completely agree with everything she said.
Even though it is difficult not to imagine the faces of the actors when reading the book, it is still an awesome read. Much more detailed than the series, but also enhanced by it to a certain extent.
Brilliant writing.
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Reviewed in the United States on February 6, 2019
The story is amazing, but my 1 star is in regards to the quality of the book itself. My hands are black every time I read it, the cover does that. The letters change font sizes occasionally for no reason, the line looks squished - it’s a printing problem. There have been... See more
The story is amazing, but my 1 star is in regards to the quality of the book itself. My hands are black every time I read it, the cover does that. The letters change font sizes occasionally for no reason, the line looks squished - it’s a printing problem. There have been letters cut off or extra bold like the ink was a problem. Buy elsewhere if you want the book to last more than 1 reading.
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I finally see why everybody is soooo crazy about it!
Reviewed in the United States on January 25, 2019
For years, people have rambled on and on about GAME OF THRONES, and all the while I was not interested. But after many cast interviews, and observations of the political goings-on, I thought, "Alright! ALRIGHT! Let''s see how they did." But before I could watch the first few... See more
For years, people have rambled on and on about GAME OF THRONES, and all the while I was not interested. But after many cast interviews, and observations of the political goings-on, I thought, "Alright! ALRIGHT! Let''s see how they did." But before I could watch the first few episodes of the first season, I had to read the first book. And that''s exactly what I did! And you know? It was most rewarding. Personally, for me, reading about Arya Stark turned out to be more fun than watching her on the show. Same goes for Jon Snow and Lord Eddard Stark. But the one that I was really hooked on, next to Snow, was Tyrion Lannister. An educated soul among a very masculine, not-so-educated family. I really can''t understand how I did not hear of A Song of Ice and Fire when it was out in the 90s. I CANNOT!! Anyway, after reading far enough into the book, I started the series. And the rest is history. It is way beyond The Wizard of Oz. No disrespect intended.
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This book is for anyone who loves a gripping story -- no exceptions.
Reviewed in the United States on June 22, 2015
What could be said about Game of Thrones, the first of George R.R. Martin''s epic series, that hasn''t been said a million times? It''s absolutely brilliant. Going into these books (I read them after the show began but before I''d seen the show...), I enjoyed my share of... See more
What could be said about Game of Thrones, the first of George R.R. Martin''s epic series, that hasn''t been said a million times? It''s absolutely brilliant. Going into these books (I read them after the show began but before I''d seen the show...), I enjoyed my share of sci-fi/fantasy along the lines of Harry Potter, Buffy the Vampire Slayer... fairly light-hearted stuff (in comparison, at least) that always felt grounded in the same world I live in. The one genre I really disliked was "Middle Ages Fantasy" as I called it. Lord of the Rings, for instance, while the films were visually appealing, was not my cup of tea... too detached from reality. So when I first saw articles and clips from the HBO Game of Thrones series, I thought it looked like the one type of fantasy series that I would never enjoy. I held out for a looong time, until 3 different friends of mine with similar tastes in books/shows/films promised me that, while they too disliked this sub-genre of fantasty, this series was different, and I HAD to read the books or start the show. Grudgingly, I picked up the first book, figuring that I''d push myself half-way through it and let me friends know I tried and they were totally wrong.

Of course they weren''t wrong.

What George R.R. Martin has done here defies genre, period. It doesn''t matter if you''re like me and don''t care for this sub-genre of fantasy... it doesn''t matter if your like my spouse, and don''t like fantasy at all. If you enjoy brilliant, incredibly-developed, thought-provoking stories... those with a strongly developed cast of characters who blissfully lack being "good vs. evil" and instead all display their shades of grey, good traits, evil traits, unique traits, all sorts of traits... then this book is for you. Buy it. Open it up. Start reading. You won''t regret it.
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A fabulous story of rich living and hard dying
Reviewed in the United States on November 5, 2017
This is a fabulous story of kings and ladies, knights and lords as they struggle for the kingship of Westeros, a continent roughly equivalent to Europe. But this is not Europe, and this novel and series is about a fantasy world, or a different world, or a different time.... See more
This is a fabulous story of kings and ladies, knights and lords as they struggle for the kingship of Westeros, a continent roughly equivalent to Europe. But this is not Europe, and this novel and series is about a fantasy world, or a different world, or a different time. The technology is roughly equivalent to Europe in the Middle Ages, but this is not that place or time. And there are many differences as from our world, such as the existence of mammoths, dire wolves, and other creatures long extinct. Also, here be dragons. Perhaps the most interesting feature of this world is the apparent complete lack of technological progress -- the kingdoms and cultures of this world are said to have existed in much the same form and state for thousands of years.

This is a story of rich living and hard dying, struggle and battle. The characterizations are incredibly rich, and half of the fun of this series is following each of the many complex characters in this complex interwoven story. Even those who normally are not much for fantasy or "swords and sorcery" are likely to find this novel and series to be captivating and well worth reading. I did. RJB.
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Good but not great
Reviewed in the United States on January 11, 2018
I''ve been told by many that I needed to read the Game of Thrones books, even after watching the series on HBO it took me some time to decide to take up the books. I found a rare thing. I like the television show more than I do the book. Now the book wasn''t bad by any... See more
I''ve been told by many that I needed to read the Game of Thrones books, even after watching the series on HBO it took me some time to decide to take up the books. I found a rare thing. I like the television show more than I do the book. Now the book wasn''t bad by any account, I just felt the show was more polished. I did like the details the book has over the show especially when it came to better understanding the background of the world, but when you have actors like Peter Dinklidge playing Tyrion and then read the description of the imp in the novel it lost something. Would I recommend the book, sure, but the book should be read before watching the show, not because the show will let the reader down, but because the show is better than the novel which is rare.
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Lame.
Reviewed in the United States on October 20, 2018
If you like reading stories about rape, mean people, and awkward sex affairs (or have a raging need to like something because it''s famous), you''ll love this book. As for me, I was unimpressed and quit halfway through the story. The characters are... See more
If you like reading stories about rape, mean people, and awkward sex affairs (or have a raging need to like something because it''s famous), you''ll love this book.

As for me, I was unimpressed and quit halfway through the story.

The characters are undeveloped, and it''s only by throwing in blood and plot twists that feel forced that the story moves at all.

Soooo... have at her, if that''s your thing.
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3.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
It was a love hate relationship to be honest.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 20, 2018
Don''t get me wrong. I love the series, I really do and there is no doubt that George R.R. Martin is a great mind and writer, but my feelings on this book are mixed. I wanted to love it, I really really did, (i didn''t hate it, just found it...dragging) but I''m going to break...See more
Don''t get me wrong. I love the series, I really do and there is no doubt that George R.R. Martin is a great mind and writer, but my feelings on this book are mixed. I wanted to love it, I really really did, (i didn''t hate it, just found it...dragging) but I''m going to break down what I thought in parts. For me there wasn''t much character development at all. I get there''s A LOT of characters, but if I hadn''t seen the series, then I would feel literally nothing for these people. Same goes for description of characters. There was too many names and important people to keep track off. I didn''t feel any emotion from the characters. Especially when Drogo and Ned died. It was just like... Okay it''s over now. Next chapter bye. There were times where I couldn''t wait to read it, and times where I wasn''t 100 percent sure I was going to finish it. I made a promise to myself that if I was to write a book review id be honest. But I''m not denouncing this series. I''m actually going on to read the second book in the hopes that I do find I love it and hope that fans of the show (and people looking for an interesting read set in an incredible world) pick this up and give it a go. But it took me 3 attempts to finish this one. I I gave it a three as for me, while I love the story and the world he had created, I couldn''t get rid of the feeling that without the tv show, I wouldn''t be able to put a face to a name or feel how the characters felt, which is something I''ve never had trouble with before.
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Charlotte
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Like a good chunk of people
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 7, 2016
Like a good chunk of people, I started reading the ASoIaF series because of the TV show based on the books. When I started watching it, s3 was just released on DVD and yeah, I fell in love with it so much I needed to buy the books. They sat on my bookshelf for so damn long...See more
Like a good chunk of people, I started reading the ASoIaF series because of the TV show based on the books. When I started watching it, s3 was just released on DVD and yeah, I fell in love with it so much I needed to buy the books. They sat on my bookshelf for so damn long (the sheer length scaring me into not picking them up) before I decided to start the series. I started this, then put it down and just didn''t pick it back up. It remained like that for, what?, six-seven months before I picked it up again… and finished it in a week. I loved this book so much. I think the reason it took me so long the first time ''round was because it was so freaking like the TV series (Gods, do I miss those days) but I pushed on and so glad I did, because there''s just little things in the book that they didn''t include in the show. The characters in this series are just so… amazing. I love how well they are fleshed out, how pure their emotions come through the page until you''re feeling it with them. I love that whilst reading a Stark chapter, you hate the Lannisters and everyone that sides with them, but then you read a Lannister chapter and you''re like… wow, those Starks aren''t exactly the best, are they? You route for whoever you are reading. Sure, you attach yourselves to certain ones because it''s still a piece of fiction and that''s what you do with fiction - you mark your favourites. But there''s no-one in here that''s truly hate worthy… except Joffrey. He''s just a little s***. The magical elements are unlike most fantasy books I''ve read in the sense they''re hidden deep down and haven''t started stirring yet. I''ve already read the 2nd book and know that as the series goes on, the more magic comes out. And it''s amazing that way. There''s not just one plot going on, there''s a million different little ones, that somehow all steer towards the End Goal which I have no idea what it''ll be because GRRM hasn''t finished. But still! You can see plainly that whilst these little plots seem interesting in their own right, you reach a point in the book where you realise that because of that little plot, the entire story is blown open. It''s incredible. Simple incredible.
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Ryan
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Great start to the story, and fascinating characters. Highly addictive from about halfway onwards
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 30, 2016
Wow! What a book. This was a bit of a gamble for me, as I don''t tend to read fantasy-based books. Generally speaking, I like a good crime novel or thriller, but with all the hype surrounding the Game of Thrones TV show, I wanted to dip into the first book in the series and...See more
Wow! What a book. This was a bit of a gamble for me, as I don''t tend to read fantasy-based books. Generally speaking, I like a good crime novel or thriller, but with all the hype surrounding the Game of Thrones TV show, I wanted to dip into the first book in the series and see if it was worth reading. It really took some time for me to adjust to the idea that the plot wouldn''t be wrapped up within 300 pages like many novels. In fact, after 300 pages of this book, the plot was only just beginning to take shape. Another 500 pages later and I was ready for Book 2! Although this is indeed a gripping story, it took a long time for me to gain momentum. In fact, twice I left the book alone for a couple of months and then started again, or backtracked through a few chapters. It was probably just past the halfway point in the book that I felt the pace developed and I was hooked. The book''s chapters are named after each of the key characters in the story, which I find adds an unusual sense of anticipation when you see which character''s story is about to unfold. The curse of me coming to this book so long after it was written (would you believe the book is 20 years old already?!) is that all of the key plot-lines have been spilled through the TV show. I love the TV show, but I can''t help but feel a sense of lost excitement, as I see the name of a character at the beginning of a chapter and think "I wonder if this is the part where he dies". Grrrr! Regardless of the self-inflicted spoilers, I''ve enjoyed this so much, I''ve already bought the rest of the books and look forward to ploughing through them as time allows. The enhanced features in this version of the book are a pleasant addition but I wouldn''t say they have been essential. There are audio narration clips scattered throughout the book, but after a while the novelty wore off, and I skipped many of them. The most useful feature, was the ability to click on a character name and to be taken to a summary in the book''s appendix. This is particularly useful for this book, as it hosts a huge number of characters that are hard to keep track of. However, a more advanced version of this feature appears to be built into the Kindle''s X-Ray feature, making the book''s hyperlinks less essential.
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Melanie
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Brilliant read. A must for GOT fans
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 30, 2018
Saw the TV series before I read the book. The TV series remains faithful to the first book in the series and you can actually visualise the TV characters when reading through the dialogue (especially Tyrion). Enjoyed this book immensely and found it easy to read, although...See more
Saw the TV series before I read the book. The TV series remains faithful to the first book in the series and you can actually visualise the TV characters when reading through the dialogue (especially Tyrion). Enjoyed this book immensely and found it easy to read, although all the different houses and characters are sometimes difficult to keep up with. It definitely makes it easier to follow if you''ve seen the programme first. I like how the author fleshed out the characters right from the start. This is fundamentally a fantasy novel, not a genre I''d usually opt for but is very much a character novel centred around the main players and their motivations/plots. Brilliant writing. Looking forward to reading the second to see if that measures up.
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A Game of Thrones, The Book
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 14, 2017
This is reading pleasure on a grand scale, about 800 pages of it. The variety of characters, lands and exploits is staggering. In fact the most difficulty for a reader is keeping track of all the varied personalities and their interrelationship to the general scheme, but...See more
This is reading pleasure on a grand scale, about 800 pages of it. The variety of characters, lands and exploits is staggering. In fact the most difficulty for a reader is keeping track of all the varied personalities and their interrelationship to the general scheme, but fear not for at the back of the book there is a large section where such matters are detailed. No wonder this inventive fictional writing spawned the blockbuster TV series. In fact it is a good companion to that series.
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