A Game of Thrones

A Game of Thrones

Book - 2017 | 2017 Bantam Books trade paperback tie-in edition.
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"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 throne"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, 2017.
Edition: 2017 Bantam Books trade paperback tie-in edition.
Copyright Date: ©1996
ISBN: 9780553386790
9780553381689
Branch Call Number: MARTI
Characteristics: 694 pages : map ; 25 cm.

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A Song of Ice and Fire: Game of Thrones (1996); Clash of Kings (1999); A Storm of Swords (2000); A Feast for Crows (2005); A Dance with Dragons (2011)
Elaborate world building and extraordinary characters make this a series to savor.

The kingdom of the royal Stark family faces its ultimate challenge in the onset of a generation-long winter, the poisonous plots of the rival Lannisters, the emergence of the Neverborn demons, and the arrival of barbarian hordes.


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Katie_Dublin
Jul 21, 2019

Simply the greatest fantasy series ever written. Yes, better than Tolkien, and, yes, I will fight you. I first read this in 2000, and have been obsessed ever since.

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mosquitoliew
Jul 06, 2019

The book that starts the immense magical saga of A Song of Ice and Fire! The world building and character building process is mind-boggling and makes the reader yearns for the subsequent titles! A definite must-read!

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rivercanu
May 20, 2019

Book 1

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BearsEatBeets8
Mar 02, 2019

I binged the entire seven seasons of the show in just a month, and when I found out it was based on a book I knew I had to read it. It is extremely well thought out and a good read for anybody who is a fan of medieval/fantasy novels.

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ShannonJean
Jan 10, 2019

Really liked this book. (I haven't seen the TV series.) It's a fairly easy read and a page-turner. Great character development. Because of the length, and lack of reading time, I had to check it out multiple times to finish. Worth the wait!

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blue_jaguar_875
Nov 25, 2018

Don't get attached to any character. Just don't.

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kimberleygordon
Oct 10, 2018

Are there more books in the series? Just finished original book... can’t find book 2.

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melissalucero
Aug 24, 2018

After becoming a huge fan of the show...and now having to wait for-e- ver for the final season to air, I felt it was a good time to get into the books (fill the GOT shaped hole in my heart).

Such a great book and fairly easy read! There was never a lull and each chapter held actual meaning, and was not just there to fill pages. I love that I could escape reality for a short while and enter into this world. It also gives you insights that you don't necessarily get in the show.

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Shiromaru
Jul 04, 2018

This book is the start of one of my favourite series to date; ASOIAF is the perfect blend of high fantasy and political intrigue, and though the length of the books might appear to make it a large undertaking, every page is worth it. The elaborate plot is heavily driven by the host of diverse characters that Martin makes the reader care about (given his ruthless reputation it's to kill them off later, no doubt, but the reader loves them all the same). Additionally, the rich descriptions, historical accuracy, strong foreshadowing, and careful insertion of details makes the reader live the book, instead of simply reading it.

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AdrianaDiaz
Mar 27, 2018

Loved this book!
It is written in different POV which I really liked, it made me feel like I got to know the characters well.
The story line is amazing. I felt like I cheated by watching the series first, but it is still worth the read.

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red_panda_423 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 5 and 10

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May 24, 2016

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Laura_X Feb 22, 2019

Nothing burns like the cold. But only for a while. Then it gets inside you and starts to fill you up, and after a while you don't have the strength to fight it.

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xTashleyx
Nov 11, 2016

"And I have a tender spot in my heart for cripples and bastards and broken things." ~ Tyrion Lannister

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xTashleyx
Nov 03, 2016

"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

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originofanna
Aug 01, 2016

"When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die. There is no middle ground."

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originofanna
Aug 01, 2016

"For the first time in hundreds of years, the night came alive with the music of dragons."

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originofanna
Aug 01, 2016

"Only death can pay for life"

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jared15
May 24, 2016

"Fear cuts deeper than swords."

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xzhang17
Jul 07, 2015

“Fear cuts deeper than swords.”

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xzhang17
Jul 07, 2015

“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.”

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xzhang17
Jul 07, 2015

“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.”

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jared15
May 24, 2016

Violence: A lot of death, and they talk about torture

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JihadiConservative
Jul 13, 2015

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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JihadiConservative
Jul 13, 2015

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.

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JihadiConservative
Jul 13, 2015

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.

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dickalan
Sep 02, 2014

Coarse Language: Lots of fucking coarse language.

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dickalan
Sep 02, 2014

Sexual Content: Super rape(tm).

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dickalan
Sep 02, 2014

Violence: Wyyked awesome violence

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nicoleelaine8
Aug 07, 2014

Violence: beheading, bloody violence, war, execution

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nicoleelaine8
Aug 07, 2014

Sexual Content: rape, incest, prostitutes

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shinner2
Feb 01, 2014

Sexual Content: Incest, rape, sex in general

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xzhang17
Jul 14, 2015

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.

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red_cobra_341
Jun 22, 2015

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.

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Caleb98
Jul 12, 2012

the starks find dire wolves the first seen in years.

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 06, 2012

rllllllly goodbook about adventure and action and thriller

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