A Game of ThronesBook - 1996
From Library Staff
(Adult Fiction) Whatever your thoughts on the last season, A Game of Thrones displays dragons in vivid and striking detail. This series is a must-read for any dragon-lover.
In the book that inspired the HBO series, Ned Stark instills in all of his children a keen sense of justice, kindness and loyalty that lives on.
Nicr Feb 28, 2017
Prodigiously imagined, well-paced, well-written. Compulsively readable.
SaraLovesBooks Oct 18, 2016
For fans of historical fiction as well as epic fantasy, the book that started the phenomenon is amazing, from start to finish. The characters and world fly off the page, where I couldn't wait to see what would happen next.
The series itself is based off of War of the Roses and Tudor England, ... Read More »
Cheryl_in_IT Sep 21, 2016
If you are a fan of historical fiction, but wouldn't mind a serving of fantasy thrown in, this is a great series to try. Loosely inspired by the War of the Roses and Tudor England, Game of Thrones is full of complicated plot twists and turns, an ever evolving cast of characters (particularly wel... Read More »
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red_panda_423 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 5 and 10
JihadiConservative thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over
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Nothing burns like the cold. But only for a while. Then it gets inside you and starts to fill you up, and after a while you don't have the strength to fight it.
"And I have a tender spot in my heart for cripples and bastards and broken things." ~ Tyrion Lannister
"Never forget what you are, for surely the world will not. Make it your strength. Then it can never be your weakness. Armor yourself in it, and it will never be used to hurt you." ~ Tyrion Lannister
"When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die. There is no middle ground."
"For the first time in hundreds of years, the night came alive with the music of dragons."
“Bran thought about it. 'Can a man still be brave if he's afraid?' 'That is the only time a man can be brave,' his father told him.”
Sexual Content: Contains a fair amount of sex and sex violence. It is not graphically described but there are rape scenes, sex scenes and a incest plot that is very important later on. So in short, there are some strong sex scenes but not explicitly described. There are prostitutes throughout the novel and talk of sex throughout.
Coarse Language: Contains some harsh words: F**k is used a handful of times but not to many. Whore, bitch, c**k ect.. is used fairly frequently. However, it is less than many other adult books.
Violence: Contains brutal and often gory/graphic violence. Many charecters die in terrible ways such as being tortured to death. People die by swords and arrows. There are some graphic murders. Intestines are spilled and many charecters die in terrible ways. No joke-- This is not for the faint of heart.
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The novel focuses on three distinct story lines in a medieval world. In the Seven Kingdoms, Lord of Winterfell Eddard “Ned” Stark has been promoted to Hand of the King after the death of his mentor and the previous Hand Jon Arryn. However, Ned’s investigation of the mysterious circumstances surrounding his mentor’s death soon sets him on a dangerous path. At the same time, his illegitimate son Jon Snow is headed to the Wall to join the Night’s Watch. Although Jon forges new relationships there, he cannot help but grow disillusioned about his purpose there. Across the sea, Viserys and Daenerys Targaryen are biding the time until they can reclaim their birthright as the heirs of the Iron Throne. As these different storylines intertwine, I found the book harder and harder to put down.
The Starks find the first direwolves seen in years, plotting begins and Brandon falls, a game of thrones is played, and just somewhere, the Others begin to stir.