Synopsis from Random House:
Winter is coming. Such is the stern motto of House Stark, the northernmost of the fiefdoms that owe allegiance to King Robert Baratheon in far-off King’s Landing. There Eddard Stark of Winterfell rules in Robert’s name. There his family dwells in peace and comfort: his proud wife, Catelyn; his sons Robb, Brandon, and Rickon; his daughters Sansa and Arya; and his bastard son, Jon Snow. Far to the north, behind the towering Wall, lie savage Wildings and worse—unnatural things relegated to myth during the centuries-long summer, but proving all too real and all too deadly in the turning of the season.
Yet a more immediate threat lurks to the south, where Jon Arryn, the Hand of the King, has died under mysterious circumstances. Now Robert is riding north to Winterfell, bringing his queen, the lovely but cold Cersei, his son, the cruel, vainglorious Prince Joffrey, and the queen’s brothers Jaime and Tyrion of the powerful and wealthy House Lannister—the first a swordsman without equal, the second a dwarf whose stunted stature belies a brilliant mind. All are heading for Winterfell and a fateful encounter that will change the course of kingdoms.
Meanwhile, across the Narrow Sea, Prince Viserys, heir of the fallen House Targaryen, which once ruled all of Westeros, schemes to reclaim the throne with an army of barbarian Dothraki—whose loyalty he will purchase in the only coin left to him: his beautiful yet innocent sister, Daenerys.
About: A Game of Thrones is a fantasy written by George R.R. Martin. It was published on 8/2005 by Bantam, an imprint of Penguin Random House, 835 pages. The genres are epic fantasy and fiction. This is book 1 from a series called A Song of Ice and Fire. According to the publisher’s website, “Bantam Books was established in 1945 by Walter B. Pitkin, Jr., Sidney B. Kramer, and Ian and Betty Ballantine as an exclusively mass-market paperback reprint publishing house before it began publishing other original works of fiction and nonfiction in all formats. The Bantam Books imprint boasts the entire Louis L’Amour library as well the blockbuster novelists Janet Evanovich, George R. R. Martin, and Dean Koontz; and also includes the work of Professor Stephen Hawking and recent Pulitzer Prize winner Dan Fagin.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.
My Experience: I started reading A Game of Thrones on 4/15/2020 and finished it on 5/28/2020. This book is an excellent read! I like how clever Jon is when he came up with reasons to keep the pups that even his lord father couldn’t deny. Jon’s a cool brother but he had it hard and my heart go out to him. I like that quote, “what the King dreams, the Hand builds.” And it’s sucks to be the hand. I like that Ned is a good father and love his children honestly. I like Bran and his true feelings about climbing the wall and how he felt on the roof including the things he knew. I like the cliffhangers at the end of some chapters. Ned’s wife is definitely a wicked stepmother. I felt her ugliness as I read on. Same goes with other characters like Dany’s brother. This story reads like a historical fiction due to the sophisticated way of their conversations and the type of marriage they have. I like Tyrion for his ways with words and for his sharp mind. I like Lord Renly, King Robert’s youngest brother’s humor. Bran’s view is cute with what he called Robb the Lord.
This book started with a prologue told in the third person point of view following three men: Gared, Will, and Ser Royce. Ser Royce was a young commander/lord/knight of 18. They were traveling north, had been riding for 9 days in the cold snow weather. Ser Royce wanted to look in the woods for the Others that Will thought were dead despite Will and Gared’s unease. When they were in the woods, they were surrounded and Ser Royce became an It. Then the story began with Bran Stark, 7. He’s now old enough to witness an execution of a traitor where his lord father Ned Stark, 35 will perform. Then his brother Robb, 14 and half brother Jon, 14 found the pups of an animal, direwolves (monster) that hasn’t been spotted for hundreds of years. They wanted to bring home to raise. The second view is Catelyn Tully, Bran’s mom. Her 3 other children at home Arya, Sansa, and Rickon, 3 are together with Robb and Jon to come up with names for the pups. She gave news that the Queen and King are coming. The third view is Daenerys Targaryen aka Dany, 13, daughter of the previous King and Princess of Dragonstone where everything she and her brother, Viserys had was taken from them by King Robert. Her brother is selling her off to Khal Drogo, chieftain of Dothraki khalasar in hope of having an army to take back his family’s throne. The fourth view is Eddard aka Ned, Bran’s lord father and lord of Winterfell. King Robert and his queen Cersei Lannister from the south came to the north to visit and to promote Ned even though Ned is reluctant to accept. The fifth view is Jon Snow, the bastard son of Ned, whom his mother was a mystery. He named his pup Ghost. He felt angry that his uncle refused him the Night’s Watch duties due to his age. But in the end he got what he asked for and the reality hit him hard. The sixth view is Arya Stark, 9, Bran’s sister who is such a tomboy. Arya noticed how Sansa did everything prettily. She named her pup Nymeria. She preferred fighting practice than needlework. She and Jon were close. The seventh view is Tyrion Lannister, the dwarf brother of Queen Cersei, twin with Jaime (brother) and wife to King Robert. King Robert’s enemy is the Daenerys’ family. The eight view is Sansa Stark, 11, Bran’s sister. Sansa has been arranged to wed the crown Prince Joffrey, 12, from the south. She didn’t like that her sister Arya always ruin everything for her. There’s a wall that keeps the monsters outside and the Night’s Watch Brotherhood to monitor the wall.
A Game of Thrones is very well written and developed. I loved many quotes from the read, “a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge.” Reading this book is addicting at times because it has everything from humor to outrageous to shocking to loving. The characters are made sweet and readers will sure to love them and wicked and readers will sure to hate them with a passion. This book definitely keeps me up reading through the night and many nights at that! I cried reading at 3:30am believe it or not, at the part between Arya and her father about her guilt on Mycah’s death. I’m super happy when Arya started her sword lessons. I loved Ned a lot more then because he’s truly a great father who took the time to understand his daughter. I like Tyrion when he’s angry or outwitted because he sounds funny. That khal’s bloodriders traditions is tough! The jail cell up in the mountain is super cool with one side an open air. Tyrion’s story of his wife is sad. I dislike how bad the rich treats the poor. The girl only choose such career because she’s poor that doesn’t mean she deserves to be punished by the rich that way. Littlefinger’s quip filled responses always makes me smile. That twist on Queen Cersei surprised me. I like Syrio, Arya’s dancing master. Many clever characters which is my favorite, even the old Walder and his arrange marriage haggling. An excellent read overall and I highly recommend everyone to read this book!
I read the regular book up to page 439 and then I found out that my library has a graphic novel copy. I paused my reading to read the graphic novel and then continued on to reading my book again. This graphic novel is awesome because it has colored drawings. Definitely for mature readers. The graphic helps me imagine the scene way better than if I were to read on my own. This graphic novel is only up to Dany’s news of her pregnancy. I’m glad to have read the original story before reading this graphic copy. Highly recommended it! I read it in two nights, May 8 & May 13.
Pro: fast paced, page turner, humor, family, secrets and lies, clever characters
I rate it 5 stars!
About the Author:
George R. R. Martin is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of many novels, including those of the acclaimed series A Song of Ice and Fire—A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, A Feast for Crows, and A Dance with Dragons—as well as Tuf Voyaging, Fevre Dream, The Armageddon Rag, Dying of the Light, Windhaven (with Lisa Tuttle), and Dreamsongs Volumes I and II. He is also the creator of The Lands of Ice and Fire, a collection of maps featuring original artwork from illustrator and cartographer Jonathan Roberts, The World of Ice & Fire (with Elio M. García, Jr., and Linda Antonsson), and Fire & Blood, the first volume of the definitive two-part history of the Targaryens in Westeros, with illustrations by Doug Wheatley. As a writer-producer, he has worked on The Twilight Zone, Beauty and the Beast, and various feature films and pilots that were never made. He lives with the lovely Parris in Santa Fe, New Mexico. (Photo and info obtained from Random House’s website).