In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow. At the center of the conflict, the Starks of Winterfell hold the key: a reluctant Lord Eddard is summoned to serve as the king's new Hand, an appointment that threatens to sunder both family and kingdom. In this land of extremes, plots and counterplots, soldiers and sorcerers, each side fights to win the deadliest of conflicts: the game of thrones.
©1996 George R.R. Martin, (P)2003 Books On Tape, Inc., published in arrangement with Random House Audio Group,a division of Random House, Inc.
"Martin's trophy case is already stuffed with major prizes...He's probably going to have to add another shelf, at least." (Publishers Weekly)
"The first volume in Martin's first fantasy saga combines intrigue, action, romance, and mystery in a family saga." (Booklist)
"Grabs hold and won't let go. It's brilliant." (Robert Jordan)
"This novel is an absorbing combination of the mythic, the sweepingly historical, and the intensely personal." (Chicago Sun-Times)
I really enjoyed this first installment of the series. The narrator did a great job with all of the different characters. I do have to say, as a person who watched the show first, I'm impressed at how little was left out in the screen adaptation. The book still offered some viewpoints lost in the show and I'm glad I took the time on this listen.
Fantastic story with few parallels. Compelling characters with deep and well thought out plots. And it is just as unforgiving with who stays and who goes as the rumors tell. Worth the listen.
only reason I'm giving this one star is cause it won't allow me to rate this book lower. the characters are forgettable, there are far too many of these forgettable characters to keep track of, and the pace bored me to the point I couldn't continue. the only reason I got as far into the book as I did was out of a sense of obligation since I already spent money/credit on this travesty.
GoT is, without a doubt, very long and often difficult to follow. I zoned out a lot, but still grasped the overall story and fell in love with several characters and their lesser plot lines. This is definitely a choice that i will listen to several times. the ending was phenomenal. On a lesser note, the sex scenes all kinda blurred together. This also contains lots of rape, so be warned. I had to skip through some brutal sections for this reason and for gratuitous violence. have fun!!
I normally never watch a TV series (or movie for that matter) that I know is based on a book/s until I have read the book/s. This time I was swept up in the TV series and I just had to watch it. Reading the book after didn't hurt how much I absolutely love the book more. The groundwork has been laid out just right so that the rest of the story can be fleshed out without having to go back to explain. I am so excited to read the rest of he books.
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