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NOW THE ACCLAIMED HBO SERIES GAME OF THRONES

From a master of contemporary fantasy comes the first novel of a landmark series unlike any you’ve ever read before. With A Game of Thrones, George R. R. Martin has launched a genuine masterpiece, bringing together the best the genre has to offer. Mystery, intrigue, romance, and adventure fill the pages of this magnificent saga, the first volume in an epic series sure to delight fantasy fans everywhere.
 
A GAME OF THRONES
A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE: BOOK ONE
 
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 forces are massing beyond the kingdom’s protective Wall. To the south, the king’s powers are failing—his most trusted adviser dead under mysterious circumstances and his enemies emerging from the shadows of the throne. At the center of the conflict lie the Starks of Winterfell, a family as harsh and unyielding as the frozen land they were born to. Now Lord Eddard Stark is reluctantly summoned to serve as the king’s new Hand, an appointment that threatens to sunder not only his family but the kingdom itself.

Sweeping from a harsh land of cold to a summertime kingdom of epicurean plenty, A Game of Thrones tells 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; a child is lost in the twilight between life and death; and a determined woman undertakes a treacherous journey to protect all she holds dear. Amid plots and counter-plots, tragedy and betrayal, victory and terror, allies and enemies, the fate of the Starks hangs perilously in the balance, as each side endeavors to win that deadliest of conflicts: the game of thrones.

Unparalleled in scope and execution, A Game of Thrones is one of those rare reading experiences that catch you up from the opening pages, won’t let you go until the end, and leave you yearning for more.


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A Game of Thrones
Average rating
4.6 / 5
Great start
October 13th, 2015
Enjoyed this very much. Great start to a series. Bit gory for my tastes but still very well written and enjoyable.
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Read
September 26th, 2015
This is an awesome book everyone should get or at least watch if you dont have time on your hands but yes get it yay
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Great read
September 18th, 2015
I loved this book. At first I thought it would be too long and I would get tired of it. I couldn't have been more wrong. It's a page turner, for sure.
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Fun but confusing
July 7th, 2015
A great tale wonderfull language and interesting characters. It could do wih more clarifiation on who is who eary on as i had to stop part way through and restart du to confusian
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Loved it!
July 2nd, 2015
Absolutely loved the book and very glad I picked it up. I was a little hesitant to read it but I was not disappointed! Cannot wait to read the second book.
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Defining moment
April 6th, 2015
This book and the ones that follow are the finest fiction books written in this or any century. The detph of the saga and the story told are the stuff of legend. The multiple viewpoints, intrigue and battles that rage throughout are epic in scope, yet there is a human quality. The reader will be drawn in to this world and not wish for the story to end.
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Fantastic
December 28th, 2014
A fairly intense read but very mch worth it. The characters are smart funny an a little twisted.
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Amazing
November 14th, 2014
The plot, the characters, the dialog. It's all excellent. He leaves a little to be desired in terms of his writing style, but after a chapter or two, I stopped noticing. I was so swept up in the story. I'm usually a slow reader, but I ploughed through this in less than a week.
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1 review
Very entertaining.
October 31st, 2014
There were parts of the book that made it very difficult to put down. I definite ly do not recommend reading if you have work to do!
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Wonderful
August 28th, 2014
Fantastic beginning to a series. It is shocking and newer style than what I am accustomed too from a fantasy novel. An epic story to last forever is clearly incoming.
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Wonderful
August 28th, 2014
Fantastic beginning to a series. It is shocking and newer style than what I am accustomed too from a fantasy novel. An epic story to last forever is clearly incoming.
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Game Of Thrones
July 5th, 2014
Cant stop turning the pages....
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Riveting
May 30th, 2014
Why did I wait so long to read this?!?
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Excelent book!
May 23rd, 2014
My wife has read all the books and we have been watching the series on TV. Am definitely not disappointed and look forward to the next book!
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Thrones
May 21st, 2014
Well once I got into the groove it was awesome, very happy I started to read them
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GoT
April 21st, 2014
Brilliant! Exquisite detail in character development.
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Game of Thrones
April 2nd, 2014
If you like fantasy, you will love this series, Fire and Ice by George R. R. Martin! The books can be somewhat confusing and are extremely detailed, so you can't speed read them! He draws you quickly into this wondrous world he's written. I've watched the first three seasons of the HBO Series, " Game of Thrones " but I have always found reading the books a much more satisfying experience. The only complaint I have is the author is slow getting out book 6 & 7!! Be prepared, if you read this series, he really leaves you hanging at the conclusion of book 5!!! I want to call him and tell him to hurry up already :-)
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Amazing
April 2nd, 2014
This is an intricate and detailed world brought to life masterfully. A fantasy world that feels real and raw. Highly enjoyable.
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February 20th, 2014
I very much enjoyed this book. The characters drew me right in and I found myself finding things to love and hate about each character whether "good" or "bad". I will definitely continue reading this series.
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Game of thrones
February 15th, 2014
More slower parts than I'd like, but nesasarry to understand the deep plot lines.
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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
February 5th, 2014
I cannot wait to start Book #2. Winter is Coming!
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February 1st, 2014
George RR Martin's Game of Thrones series is amazing. Packed full of detail and character development, with plenty of unexpected twists and turns. A must read for anyone who likes books!
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January 27th, 2014
Not having watched the TV series, I wasn't sure what to expect. I found the presentation of each chapter from the perspective of different lead characters held my interest as each one left me wondering what would happen next to that individual. An interesting fantasy world with all the necessary magic, dragons, warlocks, knights, ladies and twists of narrative in the making of kings.
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Help
January 26th, 2014
I bought the book, but it doesn't show up in my library.
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January 25th, 2014
Wonderful book, every chapter keeps you drawn in despite following multiple characters. There is never a lull in the action and the chapters run together seamlessly to bring a view of the entire GoT universe.
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January 24th, 2014
Incredible book that pulls you into the characters stories and there are many of them, so pay attention. The build up through out the story keeps you reading for more, just to see how each person affects the other. The book is ended wonderfully and leaves you wanting to read the next one immediately.
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January 24th, 2014
really great work from george r.r. martin. one of HIS best books and its THE best books ever
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January 24th, 2014
Intense and engaging read. My only complaint is that the author kills of characters to quickly haha.
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January 23rd, 2014
Read this book when it first came out and loved it. I have since read it at least 10 times. Every time a new book comes out I re-read the whole series to get caught up!
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January 23rd, 2014
This book grabs the reader from the very beginning and takes you on a roller coaster ride. The author does a great job of combining fantasy with politics. Very hard to put this book down.
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January 22nd, 2014
Not usually one for fantasy type books but after reading this I am hooked on the story. The characters are believable and interesting - even the baddies! You become submerged in their lives and there are surprises aplenty to keep you engrossed
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January 22nd, 2014
I have watch both the tv show and the novel. big game of thrones fan. George R R. Martin you have done a great job writing this series. Awesome read. Highly recommended for anyone interested in historical drama/action/fantasy. Cant wait to read more.
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Game of thrones
January 21st, 2014
Top notch story telling, a fantasy yarn about warring families chalk full of intrigue. Can't recommend this book highly enough.
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A Game of Thrones
December 1st, 2013
Amazing....so much better than the show and the show is awesome
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October 20th, 2013
LOVE THE BOOK!! IT'S SUCH A GREAT READ I FIND IT HARD TO PUT DOWN. IF THE REST OF THE SERIES IS AS GOOD AS THE 1st, I MAY HAVE TO TAKE A VACATION FROM WORK TO STAY HOME AND READ!!!
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October 4th, 2013
I loved this book :) it has so many good characters and I love the story. I really love hating Joffery.
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October 4th, 2013
A dynamic read; characters and setting are always changing, and there isn't a character safe in the stories plot.
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October 4th, 2013
A compelling storyline with real characters that you will fall in love with. Martin's writing style is rich in detail and complex plots, but clear enough that following along is not difficult. You'll find yourself unable to put this one down.
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October 4th, 2013
I loved this one.It got me back to reading George R.R. Martin. It's thrilling & gives me the heebie-jeebies waiting for the next book of the series.
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October 4th, 2013
Loved, loved, loved this book. George R.R. Martin sure knows how to weave a tale.
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October 4th, 2013
This is a remarkable series. I am a big fan of serial authors and this one has me going. I love the color he puts into the story and recommend anyone into a goo story, give this a read, you will love it too. Very good George, you have a winner.
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October 4th, 2013
George R.R. Martin - may he live loooong and prosper. Read yourself into the first Game of Thrones septology and you're hooked - which is a terrible thing, because what if he fails to write the last two books? No other account of our ancient past with its varied cultures and magical realities has ever been rendered with equally immersive and compelling qualities - I have now lived among the iron born, walked among death bringers and fire breathing birds.
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October 4th, 2013
An awesome series, I can hardly wait for the next book. It kept me hooked and just when, I liked a Character there dead. Read it you'll love it.
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October 4th, 2013
Very graphic and detailed, such an amazing story though. You won't be able to put it down
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October 4th, 2013
This is an amazing book!! It hard not to get lost in the story. I couldn't put it down because I always wanted to know what was going to happen next.
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October 4th, 2013
Have read all volumes of this series and can't wait for the next one.
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October 4th, 2013
Couldn't put it down!
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October 4th, 2013
A brilliant series full of characters so real the breath life into every page. Ok so I'm not going to lie, I'm ashamed to admit my love of this series started with the show it is based upon, but like most books that have been turned into a TV series or movie this is so much better, It doesn't matter if you follow the show or not this is a great book and you can see why it has millions of fans screaming for more all over the world, This will be a classic that hundreds of years from now our great great great grandchildren will be reaching for and George R.R. Martins name will live on much like Shakespeare or Dickens, Help make history by reading and loving this book because once you read it you will have no choice but to love it. Each character both good and bad is written so beautifully that its hard not to feel their love, passion, anger and betrayal, If your looking for a book that will transport you into a new land and a story that will keep you returning to it, then this is the series your looking for see for yourself why people all over the world (myself included) have fallen in love with game of thrones, you wont be disappointed
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October 4th, 2013
I read this book about 12 years ago and fell in love with a new author, the whole series is excellent and the show doesn't so it justice, you really need to read the book to understand some of the underlying themes involved.
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October 4th, 2013
Wooh!
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1 review
October 4th, 2013
A very good read. Very hard to put the book down. The details he goes into making the characters is amazing.
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October 4th, 2013
Absolutely the most intoxicating book I have ever read. Whenever I had time I would pick this book up and read. George R.R. Martin throws you on a emotional roller coaster. Angry, sad, or happy, it doesn't matter you can't put this book down. Must read for everyone.
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September 15th, 2013
One of the best I've read in years. Great characters and a captivating story line.
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Great
September 14th, 2013
Excellent fantasy read!
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Difficult style but worth reading
May 26th, 2013
The writing style at times made this work hard to follow, but the story is well worth getting used to the style.
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Excellent read
May 23rd, 2013
I couldn't put it down. A bit confusing keeping Houses and names straight. I downloaded a chart of all the bloodlines to refer to! That made it easier to follow! Can't wait to start # 2 of series Clash of Kings!!
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Love this book!
April 29th, 2013
Full review coming soon
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A song of ice and fire
April 19th, 2013
Je ne comprend pas l"anglais, j'aime mieux les livres français et des roman
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The game of thrones
February 27th, 2013
Overall a great first book in this acclaimed epic fantasy series. For those like myself who enjoy a fast paced book, this book was slow at the start but picked up nicely toward the final half!!!!!
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Game of Thrones
February 21st, 2013
Game of Thrones
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A game of thrones
February 4th, 2013
Un libro espectacular que todos los amantes de las historias de coraje, valor, fantasía deben leer.
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