AbbyRR, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by AbbyRR)
I finally succumbed and started this series. The characters are great. I especially love Tyrion. I can't wait to read more. Keep writing Mr. Martin.
renaissanceriss1021, August 6, 2012 (view all comments by renaissanceriss1021)
A game of Thrones was hard for me to pick up because of all the hype. Everyone says, "ohmygods, you should read it, RIGHT NOW." Sometimes they just want me to read it so I'll watch the show (I always read before watching), but often they honestly think it's something I'd enjoy.
Well, my friends know me well, because I LOVED it.
Martin may be a bit dry for some readers, but he's descriptive and his prose rolls off the tongue. I would not recommend this book for someone who lacks patience during the slow parts, but I swear there is amazing action that keeps it all moving.
movementintimeandspace, August 6, 2012 (view all comments by movementintimeandspace)
Game of Thrones is epic fantasy, it works best if you suspend disbelief as much as possible. The rich are very rich in this book and the poor are destitute. The characters are what keep you reading and they are all a mixture of heroism and flaws. Mr. Martin will kill your eventually kill at least one of your favorite characters, no matter who you are.
The books are easily as violent and sexual as the HBO series but more creatively so. By book three I was wondering how there were still enough people in this fantasy world to still wage war. Aside from that the details are rich and the stories are ultimately compelling and worthwhile. It is a good, if heavy summer read.
Amanda McLoughlin, August 4, 2012 (view all comments by Amanda McLoughlin)
I resisted reading the series knowing how long and complicated it was, but trust me that by the halfway mark of the first volume you will be swept up into Westeros. I've read three thousand pages of this universe over two weeks, and can't believe I didn't get into it sooner!
by Denver Post,
"The major fantasy of the decade...compulsively readable."
by Chicago Sun-Times,
"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."
by Publishers Weekly, starred review,
"A Best Book of 1996: Martin makes a triumphant return to high fantasy...[with] superbly developed characters, accomplished prose, and sheer bloodymindedness."
"A splendid saga....Inventive and intricately plotted."
"George R. R. Martin's first fantasy epic [is set] well above the norms of the genre."
by Anne McCaffrey,
"Such a splendid tale and such a fantasticorical! I read my eyes out and couldn't stop 'til I finished and it was dawn."
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A NEW ORIGINAL SERIES, NOW ON HBO.
Here is the first volume in George R. R. Martin’s 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. Martin’s stunning series is destined to stand as one of the great achievements of imaginative fiction.
A GAME OF THRONES
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 thrones.
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