|Author: George R. R. Martin|
|The first volume in an epic series by a master of contemporary fantasy, filled with mystery, intrigue, romance, and adventure. Soon to be a major new series on HBO. Reissue.|
Nominated for the Nebula and winning the Locus Award the year it was first published, this epic fantasy novel launches George R.R. Martin's fabulous A Song of Ice and Fire series. A GAME OF THRONES tells a classic story--of power struggles within political rivals and within families--set in a world of dragons, ice vampires, and direwolves. In this world, the seasons do not last 3 months; they can last more than 100 years. Amidst this cold and snowy backdrop two families fight for control of the Iron Throne in an intricately portrayed political climate that sets all factions in the land at odds with each other. Meanwhile, outside the kingdom, powerful magical forces gather strength, as the ultimate battle looms like snow-clouds on the horizon--the game of throne.
"Many fans of sword-and-sorcery will enjoy the epic scope of this book..." - John H. Riskind 07/28/1996 Kirkus Reviews
"A vast, rich saga, with splendid characters and an intricate plot flawlessly articulated against a backdrop of real depth and texture." 07/01/1996
Customer Reviews of A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire Book One)
best of the series4/20/2012
this book is without a doubt the best book i have read in over a year..it has the most intricate and complicated plot , that keeps you on your guard for the next big change. altogether very well done my only complaint is that the author seems to go a little overboard on the sex but whatever.
'Historical' Epic Fantasy7/12/2011
The first installment of A Song of Ice and Fire reveals Martin's genius in creating a feudal society and the political machinations that went on behind the scenes. The end result is that everything seems real...and it is only when a direwolf or other non-earth creature appears that you remember that this is not a (wonderfully done) recreation of European history, Hadrian's wall and all. (But then again, maybe it is!) His characters come in so many assortments and with so much psychological depth that there is always something new, something deeper to discover about an individual and there is always someone you love to hate or to mourn with. An author who can do that on the scale that Martin does is truly a dedicated, talented, hardworking author, and every page reveals that Martin is just that. The writing is superbly crafted, the situations and plot carefully and intricately developed. The book is full of many surprises and developments that kept me unable to put it down, and I awaited the 2nd volume with much anticipation and I'll read the 3rd as soon as it comes out. This book truly earned its 5 stars.
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