A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book One

· A Song of Ice and Fire Book 1 · Sold by Bantam
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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.

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11K reviews
Thomas S
June 11, 2013
I must admit, just started reading the books after seeing the TV show. These books are awesome, engaging, and keep you reading until you've realized how many hours you've been turning pages. Let me go on. If I read another comparison between this and Lord of the Rings I'm throwing my tablet against the wall. The writing styles between the two are so different. I'm a huge Lotrs fan but let's be honest, if you've read the book you know it drags on and on and on and there is song after song... Game of Thrones is not like that. So in conclusion, if you need something exciting to get you reading again, and you enjoy the whole medieval fantasy type genre, this is a great start. But be warned, there is no set protagonist to fall in love with, just many characters to explore and discover where they end up.
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David Acevedo
May 9, 2019
Haven't seen the show so this is solely about the book. It's very engaging and keeps you wanting to turn the page. However, there are definitely parts that could have been left out for the sake of length. A couple of examples, the book has so many characters and most of them are unimportant to the plot, Martin just loves to put a name to everyone. He also gets extremely into tedious details. Many times when I find myself in a section with a list of names or details I'll just scan to where the story picks up again. These aren't egregious errors but just bad enough keep me from rating this higher. Still, a solid book and worth the read.
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Tia Lynn
June 21, 2018
This is the best series I've ever read. I believe it started in 1993 and as of 2018 it is still 2 books behind. This was supposed to be a 7 book series but it may only be a 5 book series. I'm just gonna say what I think about the fact that there are still 2 books that haven't been released yet. I think it sucks to leave fans hanging, especially as loyal as GRRM 's fans have been but on the other hand...he wrote the best books I've ever read. These 5 books leave me wondering if I'm ever going to find anything that makes me feel anything like these did. Since I finished them I've been on a dry island desperately looking for something, anything to come even close to how brilliant I feel this was. I would appreciate a conclusion to the series but if it doesn't happen I will have to be content with what I have which is still the best story telling I've ever found myself lucky enough to have read.
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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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