A Game of Thrones Book By George R. R. Martin (PDF-Summary-Review-Online Reading-Download)

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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 Prize and was nominated for both the 1997 Nebula Prize and the 1997 World Fantasy Prize. The novel Blood of the Dragon, comprising the chapters of Daenerys Targaryen's novel, won the 1997 Hugo Prize for Best Novel. In January 2011, the novel became a New York Times bestseller and reached # 1 on the list in July 2011.

In the novel, recounting events from various points of view, Martin presents the plots of the noble houses of Westeros, the Wall, and the Targaryens. The novel has inspired various derivative works, including various games. It is also the namesake and base for the first season of Game of Thrones, an HBO television series that premiered in April 2011. A March 2013 pocket TV reissue was also titled Game of Thrones, excluding the article. undefined "A".

Book Details:
Originally published: August 1, 1996
Genres: Novel, Fantasy, High fantasy, Fantasy Fiction, Political fiction

Book Summary:
In The Seven Kingdoms

Following the death of Lord Jon Arryn, King Robert Baratheon's chief adviser, Robert recruits his childhood friend Eddard "Ned" Stark, now Lord of the North, to replace Arryn as "Hand of the King", and to marry her daughter Sansa to Robert's son Joffrey. Ned accepts the position when he learns that Arryn's widow Lysa believes he was poisoned by Robert's wife Queen Cersei Lannister and her family. Soon after, Ned's son Bran discovers that Cersei is having sex with her twin brother Jaime Lannister, who throws Bran from the tower to hide her adventure, leaving her in a coma and paralyzing her legs.

Ned leaves his castle Winterfell and heads to the capital city, King's Landing, bringing his daughters Sansa and Arya. Upon arriving at King's Landing to take his place as Hand, Ned discovers that Robert is an ineffective king whose only interests are hunting, drinking, and womanizing.

In Winterfell, an assassin attempts to kill Bran while he is unconscious, and Ned's wife, Catelyn, travels to King's Landing to let Ned know. Catelyn's childhood friend Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish implicates Tyrion Lannister, Cersei and Jaime's dwarf brother, in the attempted murder. On the way back to Winterfell, Catelyn meets Tyrion by chance, arrests him and takes him to court for the attempt on Bran's life. In retaliation for Tyrion's kidnapping, her father, Lord Tywin Lannister, sends soldiers to attack Riverlands, Catelyn's home region. Tyrion regains his freedom by recruiting a mercenary named Bronn to defend him in a combat trial.

Ned investigates Jon Arryn's death and eventually discovers that Robert's legal heirs, including Joffrey, are in fact the children of Jaime's Cersei, and that Jon Arryn was murdered to hide her discovery of her incest. Ned offers Cersei the opportunity to flee before he informs Robert, but she takes this opportunity to organize Robert's death in a hunting accident and install Joffrey on the throne. Ned enlists Littlefinger's help to challenge Joffrey's claim; but Littlefinger betrays him, resulting in Ned's arrest. Arya escapes from the castle, but Sansa is taken hostage by the Lannisters.

Ned's eldest son Robb marches south of his army in response to his father's arrest and to alleviate the threat in Riverlands. To secure a strategically necessary bridge crossing, Catelyn negotiates a notoriously unreliable marriage alliance between Robb and the Frey house. Robb defeats a Lannister army in Riverlands, capturing Jaime. Tywin sends Tyrion back to King's Landing to act as the King's Hand for Joffrey. When Ned is executed, Robb's followers declare the independence of the North of the Seven Kingdoms, proclaiming Robb "King in the North".

On The Wall
The novel's prologue introduces the Wall: an ancient barrier of stone, ice, and magic, hundreds of feet high and hundreds of miles long that protects the Seven Kingdoms from the northern desert. The Wall is manned by the Night's Watch: an order of warriors who vowed to serve there for life, defending the kingdom from the legendary Others, an ancient and hostile inhuman race, as well as the "savage" humans living north of the Wall. . .

Jon Snow, Ned's bastard son, takes inspiration from his uncle, Benjen Stark, to join the Night's Watch, but is disappointed when he discovers that his primary role is that of a penal colony. Jon unites his fellow recruits against his tough instructor and protects the cowardly but kind and intelligent Samwell Tarly. Jon is appointed steward to the leader of the Guard, Lord Commander Jeor Mormont, making him a possible successor to Mormont. Benjen cannot return from an expedition north of the Wall. Six months later, the bodies of two men from their group are recovered; these are animated again as undead before being sent by Jon.

When news of his father's execution reaches Jon, he attempts to join Robb against the Lannisters but is persuaded to remain loyal to the Guard. Mormont then declares his intention to march north to find Benjen, dead or alive, and investigate rumors of a "King Beyond the Wall" uniting the savages.

Across The Narrow Sea
Across the sea, east of Westeros, live exiled Prince Viserys and Princess Daenerys, children of the late "mad king" Aerys Targaryen, who ruled Westeros before being overthrown by Robert Baratheon. Viserys marries Daenerys to Khal Drogo, a nomadic Dothraki warlord, in exchange for the use of Drogo's army to claim the throne of Westeros. Illyrio, a wealthy merchant who has been supporting the Targaryens without money, gives Daenerys three petrified dragon eggs as a wedding gift. Jorah Mormont, an exiled knight from Westeros, joins Viserys as an adviser. Initially terrified of her new husband and her people, Daenerys finally embraces her role as the Queen of Drogo. Drogo, however, shows little interest in conquering Westeros, and an impatient Viserys attempts to intimidate his sister into coercing Drogo. When Viserys publicly threatens Daenerys, Drogo executes her by pouring molten gold over her head.

An assassin seeking King Robert's favor tries to poison Daenerys and her unborn child, eventually convincing Drogo to conquer Westeros. While looting villages to finance the Westeros invasion, Drogo is seriously injured, and Daenerys orders captive healer Mirri Maz Duur to save him. The healer, angered by Dothraki's forays against her people, sacrifices Daenerys's unborn son to activate Drogo's life-saving spell, which restores Drogo's physical health but leaves him in a persistent vegetative state.

With Drogo completely incapacitated and unable to lead, much of the Dothraki army disperses. Daenerys chokes Drogo with a pillow and has Mirri tied to Drogo's funeral pyre. She places her three dragon eggs on the pyre and enters herself. When the fire dies, she emerges unharmed, with three newborn dragons. Amazed, Jorah and the remaining Dothraki swear allegiance to him.

A Game of Thrones
Winter is coming. Such is the stark motto of House Stark, the northernmost fief that owes allegiance to King Robert Baratheon in the distant King's Landing. There Eddard Stark of Winterfell rules on behalf of Robert. There his family lives 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 imposing Wall, are wild Wildings and worse: unnatural things relegated to myth during the summer of centuries, but proving to be too real and too deadly at the change of season.

However, a more immediate threat lurks south, where Jon Arryn, the Hand of the King, has died in mysterious circumstances. Now Robert rides north to Winterfell, bringing his queen, the charming but cold Cersei, his son, the cruel and vain prince Joffrey, and the brothers of Queen James and Tyrion from the powerful and wealthy House Lannister, the former. a peerless swordsman, the second, a dwarf who's short stature conceals a brilliant mind. Everyone heads to Winterfell and a fateful encounter that will change the course of the kingdoms.

Meanwhile, across the Strait Sea, Prince Viserys, heir to the fallen House of Targaryen, who once ruled all Westeros, plans to claim the throne with an army of Dothraki barbarians, whose loyalty he will buy in the only currency he left: his beautiful but innocent sister, Daenerys.

Book Review:
A Game of Thrones is a contemporary fantasy masterpiece. The cold is returning to Winterfell, where summers can last for decades and winters a lifetime. A moment of conflict has arisen in the Stark family as they are pulled from the safety of their home in a whirlwind of tragedy, betrayal, murder, conspiracies, and conspiracies. Every decision and action carries the potential for conflict, as several prominent families, made up of lords, ladies, soldiers, sorcerers, assassins, and bastards, unite in the deadliest game of all: the game of thrones.

About The Author George R. R. Martin:
George R.R. Martin was born on September 20, 1948, in Bayonne, New Jersey. His father was Raymond Collins Martin, a longshoreman, and his mother was Margaret Brady Martin. He has two sisters, Darleen Martin Lapinski and Janet Martin Patten.

Martin attended Mary Jane Donohoe School and Marist High School. He began writing very young, selling monster stories to other neighborhood children for pennies, dramatic readings included. Later he became a comic book fan and collector in high school and began to write fiction for comic fanzines (amateur fan magazines). Martin's first professional sale was made in 1970 at age 21: "The Hero," sold to Galaxy, published in February 1971 issue. Other sales followed.

In 1970 Martin received a B.S. in Journalism from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, graduating summa cum laude. He went on to complete an M.S. in Journalism in 1971, also from Northwestern.

As a conscientious objector, Martin did an alternative service 1972-1974 with VISTA, attached to Cook County Legal Assistance Foundation. He also directed chess tournaments for the Continental Chess Association from 1973-1976, and was a Journalism instructor at Clarke College, Dubuque, Iowa, from 1976-1978. He wrote part-time throughout the 1970s while working as a VISTA Volunteer, chess director, and teacher.

In 1975 he married Gale Burnick. They divorced in 1979, with no children. Martin became a full-time writer in 1979. He was a writer-in-residence at Clarke College from 1978-79.

Moving on to Hollywood, Martin signed on as a story editor for Twilight Zone at CBS Television in 1986. In 1987 Martin became an Executive Story Consultant for Beauty and the Beast at CBS. In 1988 he became a Producer for Beauty and the Beast, then in 1989 moved up to Co-Supervising Producer. He was an Executive Producer for Doorways, a pilot which he wrote for Columbia Pictures Television, which was filmed during 1992-93.

Martin's present home in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He is a member of Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (he was South-Central Regional Director 1977-1979, and Vice President 1996-1998), and of Writers' Guild of America, West.

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