A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1) by George R.R. Martin

A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)

Summers span decades. Winter can last a lifetime. And the struggle for the Iron Throne has begun.As Warden of the north, Lord Eddard Stark counts it a curse when King Robert bestows on him the office of the Hand. His honour weighs him down at court where a true man does what he will, not what he must … and a dead enemy is a thing of beauty.The old gods have no power in the south, Stark’s family is split and there is treachery at court. Worse,...


Details A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)

TitleA Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)
ISBN9780553588484
Author
Release DateAug 1st, 2005
PublisherBantam
LanguageEnglish
Number of pages835 pages
GenreFiction, Fantasy, Epic Fantasy, Science Fiction Fantasy, Adult, Adventure, High Fantasy, Dragons, Epic, Audiobook, Novels
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Reviews A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)

  • J.G. Keely
    2007-05-26
    There are plenty of fantasy authors who claim to be doing something different with the genre. Ironically, they often write the most predictable books of all, as evidenced by Goodkind and Paolini. Though I'm not sure why they protest so much--predictability is hardly a death sentence in genre fantasy.The archetypal story of a hero, a villain, a profound love, and a world to be saved never seems to get old--it's a great story when it's told well. A...
  • Shannon (Giraffe Days)
    2007-09-27
    I really feel the necessity of a bit of personal backstory here, before I start the review. Back in 1996 when this book first came out, and I was about 14 or 16 years old, I saw the hardcover on a sale table for about $5 and couldn't resist a bargain (still can't, though I'm more cautious these days). So I started reading this book with the vague idea that it was a flop, and that may not have helped, but I got through 100 pages of it before feeli...
  • Kogiopsis
    2009-02-04
    EDIT: 14 Dec. 2012. I no longer get notifications for the comments. Feel free to duke it out with each other; just don't expect me to respond.WARNING: If you enjoyed this book, even a little bit, you may not want to read this review. It will probably make you angry. Heaven knows that the book made me furious, and I intend to turn every bit of that wrath back on it.Instead, I suggest you read karen's review, Brigid's review, Joyzi's review, or any...
  • karen
    2011-07-29
    yup.nerds, now i am among you.this is going to be a review where i just prattle on and on about meee meee meee, because let's face it - there are a million reviews of this puppy out there so i don't have to worry about doing a disservice to the book. you'll either read the book or you won't. but you should: it's got direwolves.i wasn't going to read this. after years of watching hordes of desperate sad-eyed nerds coming up to me, asking "any news...
  • StoryTellerShannon
    2011-11-17
    First off, I'm a heavy duty fan of GRRM. I've read over a 100 different fantasy authors in my time. Took about 5 years off from the genre b/c I felt it was all getting too formulaic and cliched. So, when I came back to fantasy I read the usual: Goodkind, Jordan, etc. and then someone told me about GRRM and man, that was the kicker! Here are the reasons to choose GRRM. I've also listed the reasons not to choose him to make it fair b/c I know their...
  • Bookdragon Sean
    2014-01-17
    Okay so I read it again. I didn’t quite get chance to last year, so I squeezed it in right at the start of this one. Plus, it gives me chance to share this review once more and tell my personal reading journey to any followers I might have picked up since 2015.Original ReviewA Game of Thrones changed my life. I know that may sound sad, but it’s true. Prior to reading it I had no interest in books whatsoever. I was on course to be a forensic p...
  • Mohammed Arabey
    2015-03-07
    عندما تلعب صراع العروش..فأنت إما تكسب، وإما تموت هذا أساس اﻷغنية ،أغنية الجليد والنار، وأنشودتها اﻷولي 'لعبة العروش' الملحميةحيث عرش الملك محاط بخيانة ومؤامرات،وبينما يلعب الحكّام لعبة عروشهم لا يدفع إلا الشرفاء الثمنوبأنشغال السادة بلعبتهم تز...
  • Mark Lawrence
    2010-11-07
    I rated this in 2010. In 2017 it's time I actually use my words.Here's my long overdue review of A Game of Thrones. I was looking at the current reviews. Here you have a book with a ridiculously high average rating, vast sales, and … the most liked reviews are three 1*s and an unrated comedy piece. Do we love to hate *that* much? Apparently we do. Not only is knocking down easier than building, it’s also more fun to watch. Well, sadly all I h...
  • Jesse
    2007-06-15
    I know no one reading this knows me much (well some of you may) but I DON'T reread books. I usually read a book once and its quite well locked into my brain. As much as I've enjoyed many books I've read, they just don't require a second read for me. I read them, now its time to move on. "A Game of Thrones" is different. I loved this book and its characters so much, and crave the world and narrative so much that I couldn't wait for Martin to get t...
  • mark monday
    2010-10-23
    there are about a billion reviews of this one so i doubt i have anything to add. the only thing i feel truly compelled to say is TYRION THE DWARF IS AWESOME! my God, i haven't read a character who is so different and so enjoyable in years. many-layered and consistently surprising, hero & antihero, generous & spiteful in equal amounts, as capable of high-handed miscalculation as he is of clever deduction, brave & loyal & vindictive... just overall...
  • Whitney Atkinson
    2015-09-19
    WE MADE IT!!!! WE HAVE EMERGED VICTORIOUS!!!! this book was exhausting and knowing that all the other books are bigger terrifies me but the writing and world building in this book is so vivid and even though I chose favorite characters quickly, the ones that I thought less interesting still had very important story lines and every character has a distinct, well-written personality. Basically I am in love with Daenerys, and I also adore Jon and Ar...
  • Martha
    2011-05-05
    I am on page 470, and although it pains me to put a book down unfinished, it is simply time for me to quit.A Song of Ice and Fire is the Grey's Anatomy of fantasy. It isn't perfect in the beginning (it's pretty flawed, actually), but you think "That's okay, the premise is good! It will improve!" And then before you know it, everyone is having everyone else's baby and murdering their mother (who is also their sister, and a schizophrenic) and trave...
  • Riley
    2014-01-30
    So glad I reread this! I loved it even more this time and it just reaffirmed that this is my favorite series
  • J.L. Sutton
    2016-06-20
    Even for someone who has watched the HBO series, George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones is an engaging and enjoyable read! The strength of Martin’s writing shines through in these pages. Each chapter is well-crafted. You know exactly how to picture the setting and you feel the desires and discontent of each chapter’s (POV) character. Watching how Martin develops characters, with all their flaws, keeps the story going as much or than the ‘ga...
  • Ana
    2013-10-30
    The things we love destroy us every time. George R.R. Martin has ruined my life! Yet, like a moth to a flame I kept coming back. I have no sense of self preservation. There is not much I could add here that hasn't already been said. I'm a woman of simple needs. My wishlist for Santa George R.R. Martin:(view spoiler)[ -Jon Snow survives-Arya survives-Tyrion survives-Jaime survives-Shireen survives-the remaining direwolves survive-the R+L=J theo...
  • Candace
    2016-05-02
    This book was raw, gritty, barbaric and downright crass at times...and I loved every damn minute! This was an ancient, epic adventure that consumed my thoughts. In fact, I just spent $100 to download seasons 1-5 of the HBO series after finishing this audiobook because I loved it so much.I'm still trying to wrap my mind around everything that took place and who everyone is. This book had an extremely robust cast of characters and a complex, multif...
  • Etnik
    2015-04-07
    You can find the full review and more about this book on my blog!GEORGE R.R. MARTIN,YOU FREAKING GENIUS!To be honest,I never thought I would read this,not because it is something I don't like(it is something I most like),but it is so huge.But now I thank the gods and the kings for making me read this.I can't explain how much I admire this book.It has been a part of my geeky life and I am proud for that.I am a fan,an ultimate true fan!These are so...
  • Allen
    2007-07-17
    A friend and I were talking about Tolkien one night after a sesh of Call of Cthulhu and he came at me with the insane standpoint that George RR Martin's breed of fantasy is superior, though indebted to, Prof. Tolkien. I immediately informed my friend that he was once again proving the ineptitude of his intellect. Tolkien is the father of modern fantasy and the ultimate writer within the genre. This is not opinion but fact. That said I was intrigu...
  • Dan Schwent
    2013-01-27
    When the King comes to Winterfell, Ned Stark soon finds himself given the post of Hand to the King by King Robert. All is not well in Winterfell, however. Stark's son is gravely injured and signs point to the King's wife's family, the Lannisters. Stark will soon find out that when you play the Game of Thrones, you either win or die...Okay, so it's way more complicated than that but it's hard to write a teaser for an 800+ page kitten squisher like...
  • Cait (Paper Fury)
    2015-03-04
    How is one supposed to review a book like this?! HOW. I ASK THAT. THE ONLY THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT A GAME OF THRONES:a) It's truly incredible.b) It's really really big.c) The story is no where NEAR completed, dangit, I need book 2 asap.d) There are truckloads of winning adorable characters.e) But even the villains are human (sometimes) and have sorrowful backstories.f) Although ^^ that saying ^^ there are several people I would like TO DIE....
  • Tom
    2008-01-27
    I want to give A game of Thrones five stars, but alas, I cannot. It is a fantastic epic tale with engaging heroes, and nasty villains that one would enjoy to slap silly. I found myself emotionally invested in the fate of the Stark family. Unfortunately, the book contains some glaring problems.First, Martin throws sex into the book willy-nilly. It's like a horny twelve year old got his typewriter and went to town. It would be one thing if the sex ...
  • Regan
    2014-02-01
    HOLY HELL. I really can't review this, the story is way to complicated to even begin to do that.
  • Mohammed Arabey
    2013-02-23
    A Massive Read, A World full of songs,of Love and Families, Betrayals and Avengence, Adventures, Politics, Wars, Religions ,Magic ,Dragons ,Ice and Fire..And no matters whether you loved the show or not..you MUST give the novel a try.. "Cersei insisted. “When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die. There is no middle ground.” الريفـيو العـربي I remember I was shocked by watching the first couple of episodes..all this...
  • Natalie Monroe
    2011-10-16
    EDIT 14/4/2015: And now my fourth watch reread had ended. Still as good as I remembered and I can finally see the depth of foreshadowing GRRM put in. Also, R+L=J for sure. A Guide to Reading A Game of Thrones:Step 1: Find a comfortable place with lots of lightThis is a hefty book, ladies and gentlemen. Standing at 835 pages, it will take you more than a few hours to tear through. So get your bathroom breaks in, have a cool drink and a platter of ...
  • Hazel
    2010-10-26
    I'm somewhat disappointed by this. I found it fun and entertaining for the first couple of hundred pages. It was interesting and engaging, and I could see why it's being filmed. But as the book progressed my enjoyment waned. It may be mostly me.First, I've come to fantasy from science fiction, and expect writers to be logical and consistent in their world-building. I love Martin's idea of a climate where winter can last for years and summer can l...
  • Maddie
    2016-12-03
    “When you play a game of thrones you win or you die.” “Why is it always the innocents who suffer most, when you high lords play your game of thrones?” Some old wounds never truly heal, and bleed again at the slightest word.― George R.R. Martin, A Game of ThronesThis book is a bit confusing so you need time to concentrate to read it, so WHY MY 4 star rating you will ask because I will compare thee, to a good glass of wine! I read this pa...
  • Becky
    2010-12-08
    Before I read this book, I had read some reviews which had me wondering if this one would be something I'd like, reviews from people whose opinions I trust. I am willing to read anything though, so the book stayed on my "TBR Someday" mental list... Until I decided to read it along with some friends. Friends who then got me so excited to read this that all of my reservations were hanging by a thread and blowing in the breeze. And I can honestly sa...
  • Clau R.
    2013-05-28
    Son 4.5 estrellas, creo. O tal vez 4. Es difícil decidirme.Lo estuve pensando y creo que me gustó más la primera temporada de la serie que el libro en sí, ¿será porque la vi primero? Siento que algunos momentos fueron mucho más épicos en la tele que en el libro.Éste lo terminé de leer a inicios de Diciembre, pero no lo había actualizado porque no sabía qué calificación ponerle. Pensé en 4 estrellas porque me gustó mucho, pero no m...