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Updated on August 30, 2017

A Game Of Thrones - A Song of Ice and Fire Book One

If you like really good fantasy novels, A Game Of Thrones will leave you so overloaded with senses that you won't know what hit you. Literally. It is one of the best fantasy fictions of the century, and I might dare add... of all times. George R.R. Martin is well known for his fantasy and horror books, however the first book of what was to become one of the best and most influential fantasy epic series called A Song Of Ice And Fire, propelled him to the status of true classic.

I've read all the books in the series, and somehow I keep coming back to the first one. I think it's because it left such a strong impression on me that it stayed with me the most.

The first book in the awesome series by George R.R. Martin

A Game Of Thrones
A Game Of Thrones

A Game Of Thrones - The Start Of An Epic Unforgettable Series

A Game of Thrones is the name of the first book in his fantasy series called A Song of Ice and Fire.

The story in the A Game Of Thrones takes place in a fantasy version of our medieval times (somewhere in Europe) where supernatural things do happen. It all starts in Winterfell, the home of the family and ruler Stark, house belonging to one of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros. I won't go into details with the story as I don't want to give away the plot, but let's just say there aren't many times when something doesn't happen (in most cases something gory).

Something happened ages ago that impacted the balance of the Earth, bringing the cold and Winter to Winterfell. This winter that is approaching is so powerful that most of the book is dominated by its quiet yet strong presence. Maybe this is why the book has a very sombre atmosphere all throughout.

However this doesn't deter from the enjoyment of the book. On the contrary. After having read so many fluff and easy fantasy novels, I was glad to finally get into a book that hooks you right into its world to never let you go.

To the South, the powers of the current King are falling, which makes the rest of the kingdoms eager to take the King's place. To illustrate this, the author presents the entire novel from the several points of view, each chapter focusing on one particular kingdom. Some people might find this annoying (in other books I don't like this shifting of the point of view either), but the author executes it quite elegantly, in a way that you won't even notice much the shift.

I guess this is why I found myself cheering for each party in turn, instead of having a clear favorite. I loved the Stark family, but I also rooted for Daenerys, the sister of Viserys Targaryen living in the East, who was also preparing to overthrown the kingdom.

I've heard from some people that there were too many characters in the novel. That is true, one can get easily overwhelmed by the many people entering and exiting the stage. However let me say that I found none of them boring or shallow. All characters are nicely fleshed out and you can actually see in your mind's eye how each of them look, feel, think and act.

None of the characters are purely black and white. None of them are just good or evil. They are all complex human being, with their faults, but also with their true loving hearts. So you can't really hate many of them (well with one or two exceptions) and when some of them perish and die, you can't but feel sad and at times angry or defeated along with their demise.

"A mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge."

George R.R. Martin

A Game Of Thrones - The TV Series
A Game Of Thrones - The TV Series

A Game Of Thrones - TheHBO Series

Following the amazing popularity of the first book in the fantasy series, HBO created the instantly popular TV series with the same name.

The TV series was first shown in the US on April 17, 2011 and it was such a big hit that shortly after many other countries have bought the rights to show them as well.

What I personally liked about the TV series was the fact that they didn't deviate too much from the book. The story line was pretty much the same, and now that we could really see the characters in flesh and blood, the entire story took the world by storm. For example I know of friends who actually bought all 5 books AFTER watching the TV show first.

Just like the first book, the plot follows the different houses from their points of view, and if the book described some gory scenes, the screen showed the very scenes as well, leaving not much out. So you will see plenty of beheadings, arms cut, blood spilled, and even nudity. This might come as a shock to many people watching, since although we are used to violence on TV, explicit scenes with gory details are rarely vividly depicted - usually that is left to our imagination. So if you're squeamish, beware!

The second season of Game of Thrones is out in April 2012 - I can't wait!

Game of Thrones: The Complete First Season

If you want to watch the entire first season of Game of Thrones before season 2 comes out, now is your chance. You can preorder it at Amazon to get it right on time to watch it, so that it's still fresh in your memory when season 2 will be ready.

If you're wondering whether it's worth getting it...yes it is! It's almost a perfect mirror of the story in the first book. It's full of beauty, brutality, fantasy, excitement, gore, love and romance...everything you need in a wonderful adult fantasy

Awards For The TV Series

A Game of Thrones has received (and will still receive) several awards for its excellent casting, design, costumes, directing and so much more. Here are some of the main awards the show has received or was nominated for:

Emmy Award Nominations

Outstanding Main Title Design ( award won)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series

Outstanding Costumes for a Series

Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series

Outstanding Drama Series

Outstanding Hairstyling for a Single-Camera Series

Outstanding Makeup for a Single-Camera Series (Non-Prosthetic)

Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup for a Series, Miniseries, Movie or a Special

Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series

Outstanding Special Visual Effects for a Series

Outstanding Stunt Coordination

Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series

Casting Society of America, USA Nominations

Outstanding Achievement in Casting - Television Pilot - Drama

Outstanding Achievement in Casting - Television Series - Drama

Satellite Awards Nominations

Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Best Television Series, Genre

Television Critics Association Awards Nominations

Outstanding New Program of the Year (award won)

Individual Achievement in Drama

Outstanding Achievement in Drama

Program of the Year

Writers Guild of America, USA Nominations

Drama Series

New Series

Golden Globes, USA Nominations

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Best Television Series - Drama

People's Choice Awards, USA Nominations

Favorite Cable TV Drama

For more detailed informations on the 2011-2012 nominations, visit the IMDB website.

Books Discussing A Game Of Thrones

The Art of George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire

A s a fan of Game of Thrones series and a fan of art, I couldn't let this book pass me by. It includes an amazing art by several fantasy artists who put their talents into recreating the various worlds in A Song of Ice and Fire. Each kingdom is separately shown along with the main characters that are practically brought back to life. It truly is worth getting this book for its artistic value alone.

The Art of George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice & Fire: Volume 2

Volume two starts where volume 1 has ended. This book goes through the entire history of the kingdoms and the various artists put their own interpretations on depicting places and people. Another worthwhile book to have along with Volume 1

Sansa vs Joffrey

"Joffrey: I'll tell you what. I'm going to give you a present. After I raise my armies, and kill your traitor brother, I'll give you his head as well."

"Sansa: Or maybe he'll give me yours."

HAVE YOU READ THE BOOK?

...and if yes, what did you think of it?

What Did You Think Of The Game Of Throne Epic Novel?

Game Of Thrones Accessories

With the popularity of the Game of Thrones series (the series is in fact called A Song of Ice and Fire, but everyone knows it under A Game of Thrones), artists and creative folks have done their part in adding a lot of accessories related to the epic series. Calendars, posters, playing cards, even games have all sprung like mushrooms after rain. So here are some of the most popular accessories that Game of Throne aficionados have been purchasing ever since

A Game of Thrones: The Card Game

If you like playing games AND you've enjoyed A Game Of Thrones, this card game will be right up your alley. It is based on the book series and you can either play it alone or expanded by monthly Chapter Packs.

The beloved heroes, villains, locations, and events of George R.R. Martins A Song of Ice and Fire saga comes to life in this customizable card game. Players take control of the Starks, Baratheons, Lannisters, or Targaryens and attempt to plot, fight, conspire, manipulate, and bribe their way to victory.

A Game of Thrones: The Card Game
A Game of Thrones: The Card Game

Specs:

Age: 12 +

Number of Players: 2 - 4

Playing Time: 1 - 2 hrs

 

A Song of Ice and Fire 2012 Calendar

Featuring stunning, all-original artwork, award-winning artist John Picacio captures in striking detail twelve of the legendary characters from George R. R. Martin's acclaimed series A Song of Ice and Fire. With a cast from the Lannisters to the Starks-and a host of heroes and villains in between-these images evoke the magic, mystery, romance, and adventure that have established Martin as a virtuoso of modern fantasy.

Game of Thrones Soundtrack

Enjoyed the music playing throughout Game of Thrones? Now's your chance to get the entire soundtrack. I have it and it's amazingly good. I keep listening to it every now and then. It has 29 songs that evoke the magical atmosphere of the series and the books. If you want to be transported to another world of wonder any time you please, this Soundtrack CD does the trick - and so much more.

Game Of Thrones (Ramin Djawadi)
Game Of Thrones (Ramin Djawadi)

You can also get the single mp3 songs directly from Amazon.

 

"Tywin: Your mother's dead, before long I'll be dead, and you, and your brother, and your sister and all of her children. All of us dead, all of us rotting in the ground. It's the family name that lives on. That's all that lives on. Not your personal glory, not your honor, but family..."

George R R Martin
George R R Martin

About George R.R. Martin

George R. R. Martin was born on September 20, 1948 in Bayonne, New Jersey. He is the son of a longshoreman. Martin began to write science-fiction short stories in the early 1970s. His first story nominated for the Hugo Award[citation needed] and the Nebula Award was With Morning Comes Mistfall, published in 1973 by Analog magazine.

Martin's novella, Nightflyers, was adapted into a 1987 feature film of the same title.

In 1991 Martin briefly returned to writing novels, and began what would eventually turn into his epic fantasy series, A Song of Ice and Fire, which was finally published in 1996. A Clash of Kings, the second book in the series was published in 1998. The third book, A Storm of Swords, got published in 2000. A Feast for Crows, the 4th one in the epic series was published in 2005., and finally after a long wait by the fans, book 5 called A Dance with Dragons was published in 2011. There are apparently 2 more books to come.

Read more about George R.R. Martin's biography at Wikipedia.

George R. R. Martin Photo Gallery - (images in public domain)

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      grannysage 5 years ago

      I have kind of drifted away from fantasy because I got tired of the same old storylines. This sounds like it might be different and compelling. Will definitely have to read the first book now.

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      ayng29 lm 5 years ago

      No wonder it got so many awards! The TV series was really great but Season 1 is much better than Season 2. I have high hopes for the next season but it's a really long wait. I'm a big fan of the book more than the TV Series. I agree with you that it's one of the best fantasy novels of the century. The lines of the characters are to die for. I listed my favorite ones on the latest lens I made Unforgettable Lines from "A Game of Thrones".

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      JoyfulReviewer 6 years ago

      I haven't read "A Game of Thrones", but your review makes it sound like a great read.

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      mennella 6 years ago

      i'm GOT addicted!

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      Freedomftr 6 years ago

      Great lens! I have watched the show, but have not read any books yet :)

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      Mona 6 years ago from Iowa

      You've got me intrigues. I haven't seen the TV series but I may hit the library and check it out. Beautifully described and well written.

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