A Game of Thrones

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A Game of Thrones
Novel by George R. R. Martin
Released 1996
Original publisher (U.S.) Bantam Spectra
Genre Fantasy
Professional reviews
SF Reviews.Net T. M. Wagner link (http://www.sfreviews.net/gameofthrones.html)
SF Site James Seidman link (http://www.sfsite.com/09a/game16.htm)
SFF World Steven H. Silver link (http://www.sffworld.com/authors/m/martin_george/sffreviews/gameof.html)
Locus Award Best Novel (Fantasy) 1997

A Game of Thrones is the first book in A Song of Ice and Fire, a fantasy series by George R. R. Martin. It is an immensely popular work, and has spawned a successful trading card game and board game.

A Game of Thrones is set in a fictitious world reminiscent of Europe in the Middle Ages (primarily on a continent called Westeros), except that in this world, seasons can last decades. The story is told through the point of view of the following main characters:


In the first book of A Song of Ice and Fire, Martin introduces us to Lord Eddard Stark and his wife, Catelyn Stark. Eddard Stark is lord of the castle Winterfell. Eddard has a surprise visit from the king of all the realm, Robert Baratheon and his queen, the treacherous Cersei Lannister. Cersei has designs upon the throne for her loathsome son, Joffrey, and will stop at nothing to achieve her ends. King Robert asks Eddard to take the position of King's Hand a position similar to a prime minister as the previous hand, Jon Arryn, has met with an untimely death. Eddard accepts only out of duty, for his wife Catelyn has told him that her sister, Arryn's widow, is convinced Cersei is behind Jon's poisoning. Lord Eddard invesitages, and learns that Arryn had discovered a troubling secret just before he was murdered. Catelyn Stark, meanwhile, attempts to find the person who crippled and attempted to murder one of her sons, and in the process she increases the tensions between her house and House Lannister. With the kingdom's houses distracted by petty squabling, an ancient foe emerges unnoticed in the far north.

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A Song of Ice and Fire

By George R. R. Martin

A Game of Thrones | A Clash of Kings | A Storm of Swords | A Feast for Crows
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