A Game Of Thrones Book and Series
Game of Thrones Story Overview
If you want to read a series of incredibly well written epic fantasy stories, then Game of Thrones and the "A Song of Ice and Fire" (ASOIAF) series is for you! It is a sweeping story that about war, death, betrayal, honor and the general struggles of people great and small in a land called Westeros. The first book in this series, " A Game of Thrones" was written in 1991. Since that time it has enjoyed ever increasing fame and popularity as hordes of new readers have begun to enjoy this excellent series. Overall, the series has sold more than 3.5 million copies in the USA and more than 7 million worldwide.
I am an avid reader of many genres. Quite simply put, the "A Song of Ice and Fire" books are my favorite stories regardless of genre. With these novels, author George RR Martin has created a unique, exciting and in many ways surprisingly realistic fantasy world. If you are looking for Elves, Unicorns and Hobbits, this series likely is not for you. Though there is ample fantasy within the storyline, it is applied with a light hand. The strength of the story is believable characters, thrilling storyline and dense and intricate plotting.
On this lens, you will find an overview of ASOIAF, a list on all the books in the series, a description for each novel, and great links to sites where you can find out more about George RR Martin's works. I have also included reader polls and fun quizzes for your entertainment and participation. You can even order all the ASOIAF books from Amazon directly from here.
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George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire Series is set in the mythical land of Westeros. The story is told by numerous characters from a 3rd person point of view (POV). By the time the of the latest novel the POV character list has expanded to 25 separate POV characters. (Though many of these characters are only present for one chapter.)
It interweaves three separate main storylines. Some characters will shift to another storyline as they get caught up in events in different parts of the world.
The main storyline deals with a bloody civil war. It has lots of intrigue and scheming. Some of this storyline that happens before the series starts and begins to come into focus as the series progresses. This part of the series reads is much like a fantasized version of the War of the Roses. Mr. Martin's genius in writing about this is his believable characters. For almost every character there are some redeeming qualities and even the "best" characters can have dark sides.
The second storyline is set far away to the east of Westeros. It follows the story of young girl named Daenarys. She is the exiled daughter of a king who was murdered in the previous civil war. This storyline follows her trails and tribulations as she struggles to survive with the ultimate goal of returning to her birth kingdom and regaining control.
The Final storyline deals with the oncoming "winter". In a land where seasons last for decades, "Winter is Coming" to the land. Far in the barren and desolate North strange creatures are beginning to stir. These creatures have not been seen or heard of in hundreds of years and are considered a myth. The only protection from these creatures are a small group of people defending a large but nearly empty wall that was build eons before.
As the story progresses these three storylines build closer and closer together. As the land tears itself apart in bloodshed and battle external forces begin to press in.
This series is an exceptional wonder. I have actually read the whole series three or four times. Every time I do, I get a new appreciation for some facet I missed at first. Each book truly builds on the other and gives you deeper appreciation for things that happen in prior books. I highly recommend these to anyone who enjoys great writing.
Game of Thrones Season One
"Game of Thrones" the perfect example of an epic story -- it takes ten episodes to cover the book. With the much more of the story on the way.
This story is GOOD and it is involved. It is only getting better. The first series will leave you wanting more, but since the second season is released a month after the DVD is released you will get to roll into the new season soon after finishing the first.
Season 1 of Game of Thrones DVD is now Available for Preorder at a 15% discount
ASOIAF book list
A Song of Ice and Fire series:
A Game of Thrones (1996) -- Locus Fantasy Award Winner, Nebula and World Fantasy Award nominee, 1997
A Clash of Kings (1998) -- Nebula Award nominee, 1999; Locus Fantasy Award winner, 1999
A Storm of Swords (2000) -- Locus Fantasy Award winner, Hugo and Nebula Awards nominee, 2001
A Feast for Crows (2005) -- Hugo, Locus Fantasy, and British Fantasy Awards nominee, 2006
A Dance with Dragons (forthcoming)
"Tales of Dunk and Egg" series of novellas - set in the world of A Song of Ice and Fire about 80 years Prior to ASOIAF:
"The Hedge Knight" (1998)
"The Sworn Sword" (2003)
"The Mystery Knight" (2010)
Game of Thrones Video - First 14 minutes of Game of Thrones
Game of Thrones is out on HBO. If you have no idea what Game of Thrones is, check out this 14 minute clip that includes the first 14 minutes of the series
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The main preview is a season 1 preview for those who have never seen the series. For those of you who have watched this drama, additionally below are some season 4 teasers, trailers and titbits you may enjoy for the coming season of Game of Thrones.
A Game Of Thrones
Readers of epic fantasy series are: (1) patient--they are left in suspense between each volume, (2) persistent--they reread or at least review the previous book(s) when a new installment comes out, (3) strong--these 700-page doorstoppers are heavy, and (4) mentally agile--they follow a host of characters through a myriad of subplots. In A Game of Thrones, the first book of a projected six, George R.R. Martin rewards readers with a vividly real world, well-drawn characters, complex but coherent plotting, and beautifully constructed prose, which Locus called "well above the norms of the genre."
Martin's Seven Kingdoms resemble England during the Wars of the Roses, with the Stark and Lannister families standing in for the Yorks and Lancasters. The story of these two families and their struggle to control the Iron Throne dominates the foreground; in the background is a huge, ancient wall marking the northern border, beyond which barbarians, ice vampires, and direwolves menace the south as years-long winter advances. Abroad, a dragon princess lives among horse nomads and dreams of fiery reconquest.
The cast for A Game of Thrones
The Cast for a Game of Thrones is top notch. The Producers were able to acquire a cast that is so good they seem to have leapt off the pages of the game of thrones books Many of these actors seem to fit so well it is almost as if they are in the roles that they were, "born to play". Saying that the casting for Game of Thrones was well done is almost an understatement. The cast is truly exceptional.
This spotlight includes 4-5 minute video clips of most of the major characters in the new series
SERIES REGULARS IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER:
Mark Addy as King Robert Baratheon
Alfie Allen as Theon Greyjoy
Sean Bean as Eddard "Ned" Stark
Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Ser Jamie Lannister
Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister
Michelle Fairley as Catelyn Stark
Aidan Gillen as Littlefinger
Jack Gleeson as Joffrey Baratheon
Iain Glen as Ser Jorah Mormont
Kit Harington as Jon Snow
Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister
Isaac Hempstead-Wright as Bran Stark
Harry Lloyd as Viserys Targaryen
Richard Madden as Rob Stark
Rory McCann as Sandor Clegane (Hound)
Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark
Maisie Williams as Arya Stark
FEATURED CAST IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER:
John Bradley as Samwell Tarly
Ron Donachie as Ser Rodrik Cassel
Jerome Flynn as Bronn
Conleth Hill as Varys
Jason Momoa as Khal Drogo
Donald Sumpter as Maester Luwin
GUEST CAST IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER:
Josef Altin as Pyp
Gethin Anthony as Renly Baratheon
Ciaran Bermingham as Mord
Esme Bianco as Ros
Susan Brown as Septa Mordane
Dominic Carter as Janos Slynt
Antonia Christophers as Mhaegen
Kate Dickie as Lysa Arryn
Roy Dotrice as Grand Maester Pycelle
Emun Elliott as Marillion
Lino Facioli as Robin Arryn
Jefferson Hall as Ser Hugh of the Vale
Derek Halligan as Alliser Thorne
Rhodri Hosking as Mycah
Margaret John as Old Nan
Finn Jones as Ser Loras Tyrell
Dermot Keaney as Gared
Francis Magee as Yoren
Joseph Mawle as Benjen Stark
Brendan McCormack as Ser Vardis Egan
Ian McElhinney as Ser Barristan Selmy
Luke McEwan as Rast
Kristian Nairn as Hodor
Rob Ostlere as Ser Waymar Royce
Eugene Simon as Lancel Lannister
Jamie Sives as Jory Cassel
John Standing as Jon Arryn
Conan Stevens as Gregor "The Mountain" Clegane
Peter Vaughan as Maester Aemon Targaryen
Miltos Yeromelou as Syrio Forel
Clash of Kings - Book II
How does he do it? George R.R. Martin's high fantasy weaves a spell sufficient to seduce even those who vowed never to start a doorstopper fantasy series again (the first book--A Game of Thrones--runs over 700 pages). A Clash of Kings is longer and even more grim, but Martin continues to provide compelling characters in a vividly real world.
The Seven Kingdoms have come apart. Joffrey, Queen Cersei's sadistic son, ascends the Iron Throne following the death of Robert Baratheon, the Usurper, who won it in battle. Queen Cersei's family, the Lannisters, fight to hold it for him. Both the dour Stannis and the charismatic Renly Baratheon, Robert's brothers, also seek the throne. Robb Stark, declared King in the North, battles to avenge his father's execution and retrieve his sister from Joffrey's court. Daenerys, the exiled last heir of the former ruling family, nurtures three dragons and seeks a way home. Meanwhile the Night's Watch, sworn to protect the realm from dangers north of the Wall, dwindle in numbers, even as barbarian forces gather and beings out of legend stalk the Haunted Forest.
Sound complicated? It is, but fine writing makes this a thoroughly satisfying stew of dark magic, complex political intrigue, and horrific bloodshed.
Storm Of Swords - Book III
Is George R.R. Martin for real? Can a fantasy epic actually get better with each new installment? Fans of the genre have glumly come to expect go-nowhere sequels from other authors, so we're entitled to pinch ourselves over Martin's tightly crafted Song of Ice and Fire series. The reports are all true: this series is the real deal, and Martin deserves his crown as the rightful king of the epic. A Game of Thrones got things off to a rock-solid start, A Clash of Kings only exceeded expectations, but it's the Storm of Swords hat trick that cements Martin's rep as the most praiseworthy fantasy author to come along since that other R.R.
Like the first two books, A Storm of Swords could coast on the fundamentals: deftly detailed characters, convincing voices and dialogue, a robust back-story, and a satisfyingly unpredictable plot. But it's Martin's consistently bold choices that set the series apart. Every character is fair game for the headman's axe (sometimes literally), and not only do the good guys regularly lose out to the bad guys, you're never exactly sure who you should be cheering for in the first place.
Storm is full of admirable intricacies. Events that you thought Martin was setting up solidly for the first two books are exposed as complex feints; the field quickly narrows after the Battle of the Blackwater and once again, anything goes. Robb tries desperately to hold the North together, Jon returns from the wildling lands with a torn heart, Bran continues his quest for the three-eyed crow beyond the Wall, Catelyn struggles to save her fragile family, Arya becomes ever more wolflike in her wanderings, Daenerys comes into her own, and Joffrey's cruel rule from King's Landing continues, making even his fellow Lannisters uneasy. Martin tests all the major characters in A Storm of Swords: some fail the trial, while others--like Martin himself--seem to only get stronger.
Feast Of Crows - Book IV
Dunk and Egg Stories
The Dunk and Egg stories (ASOIAF prequel Novellas) are contained in three exceptional book collections that span the (mainly) heroic fantasy field. These books contain stories by many of the most popular Fantasy writers of the day.
Hedge Knight and Sworn Sword, the first two stories of "Dunk and Egg" have also been made into graphic novels.
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