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A Game of Thrones: The Graphic Novel: Volume One [Kindle Edition]

George R. R. Martin , Daniel Abraham
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (167 customer reviews)

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Book Description

You’ve read the books. You’ve watched the hit series on HBO. Now acclaimed novelist Daniel Abraham and illustrator Tommy Patterson bring George R. R. Martin’s epic fantasy masterwork A Game of Thrones to majestic new life in the pages of this full-color graphic novel. Comprised of the initial six issues of the comic book series, this is the first volume in what is sure to be one of the most coveted collaborations of the year. Winter is coming. Such is the stern motto of House Stark, the northernmost of the fiefdoms that owe allegiance to King Robert Baratheon in far-off King’s Landing. There Eddard Stark of Winterfell rules in Robert’s name. There his family dwells in peace and comfort: his proud wife, Catelyn, his sons Robb, Brandon, and Rickon, his daughters Sansa and Arya, and his bastard son, Jon Snow. Far to the north, behind the towering Wall, lie savage Wildings and worse—unnatural things relegated to myth during the centuries-long summer . . . but proving all too real and all too deadly in the turning of the season. Yet a more immediate threat lurks to the south, where Jon Arryn, the Hand of the King, has died under mysterious circumstances. Now Robert is riding north to Winterfell, bringing his queen, the lovely but cold Cersei, his son, Prince Joffrey, a cruel, vainglorious youth, and the queen’s brothers Jamie and Tyrion of the powerful and wealthy House Lannister—the first a swordsman without equal, the second a dwarf whose stunted stature belies a brilliant mind. All heading for Winterfell and a fateful encounter that will change the course of kingdoms. While across the Narrow Sea, Prince Viserys, heir of the fallen House Targaryen, which once ruled all of Westeros, schemes to reclaim the throne with an army of barbarian Dothraki—whose loyalty he will purchase in the only coin left to him: his beautiful yet innocent sister, Daenerys.

Editorial Reviews


'In the grand epic fantasy tradition, Martin is by far the best ... tense, surging, insomnia-inflicting' Time Magazine 'The sheer mind-boggling scope of this epic has sent other fantasy writers away shaking their heads ...Its ambition: to construct the Twelve Caesars of fantasy fiction, with characters so venomous they could eat the Borgias' Guardian 'Colossal, staggering ... Martin captures all the intoxicating complexity of the Wars of the Roses or Imperial Rome in his imaginary world ... The writing is always powerful ...' SFX 'Truly epic ... with its magnificent action-filled climax, it provides a banquet for fantasy lovers with large appetites.' Publishers Weekly

About the Author

George R. R. Martin is the author of fourteen novels, including five volumes of A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE, several collections of short stories and numerous screen plays for television drama and feature films. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Product Details

  • File Size: 116521 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Dell (March 27, 2012)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007LB5MF4
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #143,062 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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83 of 92 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hire Mike S. Miller to Draw These April 10, 2012
I am a big fan of the books and the previous graphic novels (Hedge Knight, Hedge Knight II), so I was very excited to hear about about this effort.

What I like about it:
They are going through the books, chapter by chapter, in a way that the TV series does not. Fans of the books will enjoy how closely the graphic novel follows Martin's wonderful books. Moreover, it is clear that the creative team behind this graphic novel series is trying to be faithful to the look and feel of the books. The rendering of the Iron Throne is quite good.

What I don't like:
I don't care for the artist. His characters look alike and it is sometimes difficult to tell who is who. It looks like he drew quite a bit of this in quick the artwork is not polished and his characters to not maintain a consistent look. Again, as a fan of the earlier graphic novels, I was expecting a level of artwork that exceeds what can be found here. Mike S. Miller did some of the cover art for this graphic novel series, but he wasn't chosen as the primary artist. G.R.R. Martin writes an intro for this graphic novel and basically says that they went with a cheaper artist. Sad. Miller had a good feel for Westeros and it is his artwork that I often think of when I read the books. Here's hoping they spend the extra coin to get Miller for the rest of the series.
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome collection for fans of the book or show... March 30, 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
First off, anyone purchasing this graphic novel should know that this is not an adaptation of the television show Game of Thrones. It is instead an adaptation of the novel A Game of Thrones (which the show is based on). This may seem like a minor detail, but it is an original adaptation, and thus characters will look as they are described in the book, not like how they do on the show.

Obviously this is not meant to detract anyone from purchasing this collection. It is an awesome adaptation in its own right, and if you haven't read the books (you should, by the way, as they are excellent) this graphic novel will do a great job of introducing you to the writing of George R.R. Martin, who wrote the books and will also be writing one episode per season of the show.

The fact that this isn't a direct adaptation of the show actually makes it that much more valuable, because you'll get to see a lot of the little scenes from the books that didn't make the final cut in the show, and also be introduced to plenty of side characters who were either removed completely for the show (for obvious can't have a show with hundreds of characters) or marginalized.

The artwork looks very good and the writing is uniformly excellent (which is to be expected). I highly recommend this for anyone who is a fan of the book series (A Song of Ice and Fire) or the show on HBO (Game of Thrones).
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53 of 64 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Game of Thrones - Graphic Novel Form! March 28, 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Being a diehard Game of Thrones fan, I had to get this. Just to let you know, this is the first in the series of the GoT graphic novels, so it only covers the first book up to a certain point. Without being too spoiler-ish, it ends with Dany trying her tactics of womanly love, if you know what I'm referring to. The book is pretty neat, I have never really read a graphic novel before, so this was a whole new experience.

The good part is that it stays very true to the book, that's why it has to be broken up into several volumes. The graphics and characters themselves? Well, they are a little funny looking. Some of them look nothing like the book describes, or are way uglier, and many of the characters look alike. I think the artists could have spent a little more time on accurate looking characters. FYI, there is also a lot of nudity, if you're into or not into that sort of thing.

The end of the book has a chunk dedicated to the making of the book. Kind of neat to read about, and I like "book extras." Also, it says at the end that Volume 2 is scheduled to be released in December 2012, so there is quite a wait!

Anyway, pretty good graphic novel. I would of preferred Mike S. Miller's art, but oh well. Ever trying to get your friends to read the series, but they won't, but they love comic books/graphic novels? Maybe you can draw them in with this. Interesting!
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28 of 36 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing May 2, 2012
I have read every book in this wonderful series, and was very excited when the graphic novel came out, right up until I read it. The very first thing I noticed were the misspelled words! At first it was slightly amusing, but quickly became annoying, and very obvious that they not have competent editors. I did not care for the artwork and felt it detracted from the story. The storyline was consistent with the book, but different interpretations of various incidents from the book detracted the power of the story. I will read the next issue, but not be reading the issue after that unless serious changes are made.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for a quiet afternoon of escape. February 13, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
First a qualification - I have never watched the HBO series, but I am about 3/4 of the way through the CD book and am thoroughly enjoying it during my commute.

The novel covers events roughly through the 1st half of the book - maybe not even.

I read some of the reviews and particularly noted some of the criticisms about the artwork. I have to say that yes - in some places the characters look a bit wooden, especially when expressing strong emotions. I would say overall the sketches of people are a little more extreme than I would have pictured them in the minds eye, but the backgrounds and overall imagery is stunning, so this didn't seriously detract from my enjoyment of this graphic novel, which I absorbed in a little over 2 hours.

As for the story line, it necessarily does compress the story line a bit, but all the key moments were depicted and I found myself not wanting for anything that was left out. I found it to be a good companion piece to the book.

It should come as little surprise to anyone familiar with the story, but be advised this is pretty solidly and R-Rated depiction of the story. There is a fair amount of nudity and explicit depictions of sex acts in places (characters in these scenes seem curiously well rendered, but I digress...), as well as lots of explicit scenes of violence and bloodshed. If that is not your thing you should probably avoid this entire franchise.

As for me, the book as a whole was definitely good enough to warrant purchasing volume 2.
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2.0 out of 5 stars You can only tell hem apart by clothes and hair so it is even worse...
Disappointing. All of the "attractive" characters look exactly alike. The women all have the same face and body. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Kim Costa
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Better than the show
Published 14 days ago by J. Kweder
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Published 22 days ago by Carl L Heikkinen
5.0 out of 5 stars Game of Thrones TV Series Fan
I think if you like the show you'll like the book. I'm ready for the next one. Good way to pass the time while waiting on the show to return.
Published 22 days ago by cocopuff79
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good overall, but not exactly what I was expecting
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This was just another way that I could fall in love with this series. There was a lot more backstory and histories than I noticed when I read the actual book that... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Belle Bash
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Published 2 months ago by A T
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible artwork, milking the cash cow. Don't buy
Just a way to cash in.
Published 2 months ago by Rodney Slusher
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Published 2 months ago by Paul Bramblet
5.0 out of 5 stars and I love the book
this order delivered very fast. thanks Amazon.. and I love the book. its more into original novel than to HBO TV series.
Published 2 months ago by Thushara Vithanage
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