A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1)
by George R.R. Martin
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Release Date2002-05-28 (added to CC 2 May 2009)
Amazon Sales Rank10,754

Here is the first volume in George R. R. Martinís 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. Martinís stunning series is destined to stand as one of the great achievements of imaginative fiction.


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 kingdomís 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.

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A great book for any fantasy lover who wants a new take on the genre. While more dark and realistic that its contemporaries, it may be the biggest fantasy series of the next few decades. While in a land full of rich history and political intrigue, magic is severely downplayed in the first few books. It may contain more explicit content than some are used to, but it is well worth the read.
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Great characters, terrific mix of supernatural mystery, political intrigue, and just the mayhem of war. On to the next!
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The epic fantasy book with hint of magic long dead. Death, love, hate, wolves, knights, kings, war, and death.
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For the first book in a long series this one very successfully introduces the characters and world which are all different shades of grey. There are characters that you will love, ones you will hate and ones who you won't know what to think of. They are all complex and those that you expect to come back and stop the villains don't. Good people die, bad people prevail and most everyone suffers in some shape or form. There are plenty of twists, action and humorous dialogue to keep you turning those pages, and anyone who wants a fantasy story that stomps on the usual clichťs should definitely give this a try.
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I loved it! Iím not big on period type of novels unless itís a novel form that time period and Iím picking when it comes to fantasy genre. Thought I like how Martin has his charters in different points of view and the way it is written is almost like some on man is retelling/writing or both the stories and lives of these characters. They come to live just form the first pages. For the fist in a while I found myself really hating a few of the characters like the Lannisters accept for one. My favorite charades are, Arya, Tyrion Lannister, Bran, and Jon Snow. I wonder what has in store for me when I read the other three books I own. I donít have Dance with Dragons yet but this should be enough for now. I mistaken read something online about Arya, blind and I wonder if she really becomes blind or now. I guess Iíll find out. Itís a good read I recommend you give it a try
(8 Nov 2011)
I thought all of these books were page turners except one where he follows specific characters rather than all characters. For some reason they havethis under graphic novels. Clearly they never read about the middle ages.
HBO series cannot do justice to these stories.
(17 Oct 2011)
I wouldn't say the book is fantastic, but it is a good enjoyable read. Its fantasy where the magic died, and it focuses more on the political aspects of a Medieval era culture. I find it very interesting, although plenty of people might want more swordplay and action. I found the perspective interesting and generally well thought out. The main characters are pretty well fleshed out, some can be annoying though.
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I had to read this book for a class. I found it very very difficult to read, not becasue of the topic but becasue of the nature of reading. Some people may think its pretty awesome but I'm sorry after the first few chapters I had to put it down, as I couldn't read it anymore.
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Must-read. In fact, the whole series is awesome, with great characters prose and plot.
(20 May 2004)
What a book. For lovers of epic fantasy books, this is one you have to read. Great series, gripping and unique.
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