|Amazon Price||New from||Used from|
Readers of epic fantasy series are: (1) patient--they are left in suspense between each volume, (2) persistent--they reread or at least review the previous book(s) when a new installment comes out, (3) strong--these 700-page doorstoppers are heavy, and (4) mentally agile--they follow a host of characters through a myriad of subplots. In A Game of Thrones, the first book of a projected six, George R.R. Martin rewards readers with a vividly real world, well-drawn characters, complex but coherent plotting, and beautifully constructed prose, which Locus called "well above the norms of the genre."
Martin's Seven Kingdoms resemble England during the Wars of the Roses, with the Stark and Lannister families standing in for the Yorks and Lancasters. The story of these two families and their struggle to control the Iron Throne dominates the foreground; in the background is a huge, ancient wall marking the northern border, beyond which barbarians, ice vampires, and direwolves menace the south as years-long winter advances. Abroad, a dragon princess lives among horse nomads and dreams of fiery reconquest.
There is much bloodshed, cruelty, and death, but A Game of Thrones is nevertheless compelling; it garnered a Nebula nomination and won the 1996 Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel. So, on to A Clash of Kings! --Nona Vero --This text refers to an alternate Mass Market Paperback edition.
In a world where the approaching winter will last four decades, kings and queens, knights and renegades struggle for control of a throne. Some fight with sword and mace, others with magic and poison. Beyond the Wall to the north, meanwhile, the Others are preparing their army of the dead to march south as the warmth of summer drains from the land. After more than a decade devoted primarily to TV and screen work, Martin (The Armageddon Rag, 1983) makes a triumphant return to high fantasy with this extraordinarily rich new novel, the first of a trilogy. Although conventional in form, the book stands out from similar work by Eddings, Brooks and others by virtue of its superbly developed characters, accomplished prose and sheer bloody-mindedness. Although the romance of chivalry is central to the culture of the Seven Kingdoms, and tournaments, derring-do and handsome knights abound, these trappings merely give cover to dangerous men and women who will stop at nothing to achieve their goals. When Lord Stark of Winterfell, an honest man, comes south to act as the King's chief councilor, no amount of heroism or good intentions can keep the realm under control. It is fascinating to watch Martin's characters mature and grow, particularly Stark's children, who stand at the center of the book. Martin's trophy case is already stuffed with major prizes, including Hugos, Nebulas, Locus Awards and a Bram Stoker. He's probably going to have to add another shelf, at least. Major ad/promo.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
I've read this book twice. Great both times. I've seen the season of the show 5 times and can still enjoy this book.Published 13 hours ago by matthew haley
Love George R.R. Martin!! I've read through this series three times and bought this book so that my BF could read it too, since the original set got loaned out and never returned.Published 21 hours ago by A. Whitford
If you're a fan of the TV series and haven't at least started the book series, for shame!!! There's a ton of detail that the books have and are not in the show.Published 21 hours ago by Jason Cerqua
Just started the series, what can I say? I think George rr Martin is a weird guy but he sure can write an epic story. Read morePublished 22 hours ago by Kindle Customer
I stopped reading this dreck about a third of the way in. Why? Simple - by that point I was rooting for every single character - man, woman, child, nameless peasant kneeling in the... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Bob Campbell
This is like nothing I have ever read before. I've never watched an episode of this on telly and Thank God. This is the best series of books I have ever read. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Roisin OBrien
Decent read, a bit long, but follows the series pretty well. Huge fan of Joffery. Great role model for kids.Published 1 day ago by K. W. Enright
I was such a fan of the HBO series that I wanted to read the books. The book was a bit of a disappointment though, mainly because the characters were pretty thin and... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Ted Rinquest