A Game of Thrones Book (Summary - Review - Order Book - About George R. R. Martin)

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Author George R. R. Martin
Audio read by Roy Dotrice
Cover artist Tom Hallman
Country United States
Language English
Series A Song of Ice and Fire
Genre The political novelepic fantasy
Published August 1, 1996
Publisher Bantam Spectra (US) 
Voyager Books (UK)
Pages 694
Awards Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel (1997)
ISBN 0-553-10354-7 (US hardback)
ISBN 0-00-224584-1 (UK hardback)
OCLC 654895986
813/.54
LC Class PS3563.A7239 G36 1996
Followed by A Clash of Kings 

A Game of Thrones is the first novel of A Song of Ice and Fire, a series of fantasy novels by the American author George R. R. Martin. It was first published on August 1, 1996. The novel won the 1997 Locus Award and was nominated for both the 1997 Nebula Award and the 1997 World Fantasy Award. The novel Blood of the Dragon, which comprises the chapters by Daenerys Targaryen of the novel, won the Hugo Prize of 1997 for Best Novella. In January 2011, the novel became a bestseller of the New York Times and reached number 1 on the list in July 2011.

In the novel, which narrates events from various points of view, Martin presents the arguments of the noble houses of Westeros, the Wall, and the Targaryens. The novel has inspired several derivative works, including several games. It is also the same name and the basis of the first season of Game of Thrones, an HBO television series that premiered in April 2011. The reissue of a March 2013 paperback edition was also titled Game of Thrones, excluding the indefinite article "A".

Summary
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 hang perilously in the balance, as each endeavor to win that deadliest of conflicts: the game of thrones.

Review
A Game of Thrones is a contemporary fantasy masterpiece. The cold is returning to Winterfell, where summers can last decades and winters all of life. In the Stark family, a moment of conflict arose, as they were pulled from the safety of their home into a whirlwind of tragedy, betrayal, murder, plots, and plots. Each decision and action carries the potential for conflict when several prominent families, composed of lords, ladies, soldiers, sorcerers, murderers, and bastards, meet in the most deadly game of all: the game of thrones.

About the Author
George R. R. Martin is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of many novels, including the acclaimed series A Song of Ice and Fire—A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, A Feast for Crows, and A Dance with Dragons—as well as Tuf Voyaging, Fevre Dream, The Armageddon Rag, Dying of the Light, Windhaven (with Lisa Tuttle), and Dreamsongs Volumes I and II. He is also the creator of The Lands of Ice and Fire, a collection of maps from A Song of Ice and Fire featuring original artwork from illustrator and cartographer Jonathan Roberts, and The World of Ice & Fire (with Elio M. García, Jr., and Linda Antonsson). As a writer-producer, Martin has worked on The Twilight Zone, Beauty and the Beast, and various feature films and pilots that were never made. He lives with the lovely Parris in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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