” ‘When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die,’ she whispered.”
Title: A Game of Thrones
First in the series of A Song of Ice and Fire
Author: George R. R. Martin
Published August 6, 1996 by Bantam
Number of pages: 835 (US paperback)
Locus Award – Best Novel (Fantasy) (Won) – (1997)
World Fantasy Award – Best Novel (Nominated) – (1997)
Hugo Award – Best Novella for Blood of the Dragon (Won) – (1997)
Nebula Award – Best Novel (Nominated) – (1997)
Ignotus Award – Best Novel (Foreign) (Won) – (2003)
Here is the first volume in George R. R. Martin’s magnificent cycle of novels that includes A Clash of Kings and A Storm of Swords. As a whole, this series comprises a genuine masterpiece of modern fantasy, bringing together the best the genre has to offer. Magic, mystery, intrigue, romance, and adventure fill these pages and transport us to a world unlike any we have ever experienced. Already hailed as a classic, George R. R. Martin’s stunning series is destined to stand as one of the great achievements of imaginative fiction. (Random House)
What a book! If you want epic, if you want fantasy, if you want to escape…if you want to care about your characters, not to mention what happens next, pick this up.
I normally wouldn’t have chosen it, myself. But, with Carl‘s Once Upon A Time III Challenge, and needing to escape from certain stresses in my life right now, I reached for something other worldly, and I’m so glad that I did.
It’s hard to say goodbye to Daenerys, and “her sun-and-stars” husband, Khal Drogo. It’s hard to say goodbye to Jon Snow, bastard son of Eddard Stark, who has gone to join the Night Watch on The Wall. What is the mysterious force he’s fighting, with his direwolf, Ghost?
But, it’s easy to want to slap self proclaimed King Joffrey, who’s killed Sansa’s father and brought her to see his head on a stake before their forced marriage. It’s easy to want to throw Joffrey’s mother, Queen Cersei, off some parapet because she’s the manipulation behind much of his decisions.
Those are only a few of my favorite characters. The book is so full of them, I’m sure you’ll find a few favorites of your own. When you do, let me know; we’ll have to discuss who should be King. Or, Queen.