Author: George R. R. Martin
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.
Where to begin with this one? I heard so much about the tv show. It had such a cult following. So a couple months ago, I decided to buy the first season. I’m hooked! After watching the three seasons that are available, I decided to read the books. The show does a pretty good job tracking the books. I found it very interesting that the author took inspiration from the War of Roses. I was constantly making comparisons between the story and some of English history.
What I thought was interesting was the fact that the author told the story from different points of view. I have definitely read books where you often got confused keeping track of whose head you were in. That didn’t happen. I think most of it was because the author kept all of the points of view 3rd person rather than 1st person.
The most annoying thing about this first book was that the reader starts off hearing/seeing the Others, but the author doesn’t give you anything about them throughout the book- no history or nothing!! I don’t mind a little bit of teasing, but really? That was too much! Anyway, I blew through the books of this series in 2 months.
Now if I could just get a hold of season 4 on DVD.