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)

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 stunni...

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

TitleA Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)
Release DateAug 1st, 2005
GenreFantasy, Fiction, Epic Fantasy

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

  • J.G. Keely
    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)
    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
    Ten years and five hundred comments later and men still think I care if they disagree with me.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 other of the gushing four and five-star reviews...
  • karen
    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...
  • Mark Lawrence
    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...
  • Miranda Reads
    Okay - I am SO incredibly late to this party but hey, I made it! And the hype was real! Winter is coming. Lord Eddard "Ned" Stark lives with his family in a world where the seasons are thrown completely off - summers last decades, and winters are equally long. His five children, plus his bastard son (Jon Snow) are on the way back to their home, Winterfell, when they stumble upon and subsequently adopt six direwolf pups (the symbol of the Stark...
  • Emily May
    "When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die. There is no middle ground." 3 1/2 stars. So in one weekend I finally finished the book I picked up and put down about ten years ago, and watched the final episode of the TV series I have loved for eight years. How odd that the book ended up better than I expected, and the TV show, um... didn't. Warning: I will be talking about the depiction of rape in this review.I think I was more ready to ...
  • Shannon
    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 the...
  • Nick
    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...
  • Jayson
    (A-) 81% | Very GoodNotes: A shocking story that breaks fantasy conventions, it's seven hundred pages of realpolitik and character development.
  • Sean Barrs
    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...
  • J.L. Sutton
    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 more than the ...
  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    And thus I'm back to the beginning and hating and loving people all over again! And the dumbass King ruins it all by having a wicked witch for a wife, but if not then it would just be some other wickedness to get the party started. There are so many characters I love in these books and the wolves of course. And all who kill wolves can have their head on a pike! "He must have crawled away away from the others," Jon said. "Or been driven away," ...
  • Matthew
    I have finally done it! I have joined in on the fun that is A Game of Thrones. It is 2018 and I managed to make it all the way here without reading a page or watching a minute of the show. Now, it is the nature of the internet to keep me from being completely in the dark on this one, but I think I did a pretty good job of avoiding hearing or seeing too much about it. Is this a great fantasy book? It really is quite good. The plot and the characte...
  • Jayson
    (A-) 81% | Very GoodNotes: A slow parade of entropy, it’s a panoply of pain: a delicate sweater, knit finely together, unraveled to a tangled skein.
  • Martha
    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...
  • Jesse
    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
    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...
  • Petrik
    If you love watching Game of Thrones, you’re most likely going to love reading A Game of Thrones.Like countless readers around the world, I probably wouldn’t have known about A Song of Ice and Fire without its TV series adaptation, Game of Thrones. I’ve been following the TV series ever since the release of its first episode, I was completely captivated by the originality of the storyline and characters. Upon finishing the first season of t...
  • Whitney Atkinson
    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...
  • Riley
    So glad I reread this! I loved it even more this time and it just reaffirmed that this is my favorite series
  • Kai
    “When the snows fall and the white winds blow, the lone wolf dies but the pack survives.”This took me quite a while. First, because I already knew what happened from the show, second because I guess you just cannot rush through this book that fast, and third because I dreaded all the horrible things and painful deaths that were going to happen.Sometimes I wish I could forget everything I knew about a book/show and just start anew. Maybe I wou...
  • C.G. Drews
    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....
  • Regan
    HOLY HELL. I really can't review this, the story is way to complicated to even begin to do that.
  • Candace
    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...
  • Chelsea Humphrey
    Well, I made it friends. This made for one of the most odd reading experiences I've ever encountered. I was completely enamored with the story, as the world building and intricate detailing into the politics of the seven kingdoms is exquisite, yet every time I picked up this book it felt like a chore to read. This could be perhaps due to the fact that, after waiting 900 years to read these books I've already encountered most of the twists and spo...
  • Natalie Monroe
    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 ...