A Game of ThroneseBook - 1997
From Library Staff
ArapahoeTiegan, reference librarian
Here is our contemporary king of high fantasy and the chaos that is his seven kingdoms.
Book one of the "A Song of Ice and Fire" series. This fantasy features characters of many different shades—characters who think they are heroes, but conduct villainous deeds, and characters who usually do bad things, but in some situations can act a hero.
ArapahoeAndrewG Nov 29, 2016
Martin created a complex fantasy world with a great variety of complex characters. The jumping between characters and geographical locations could be a distraction for some, but I found it refreshing as it in my opinion keeps the lengthy work from becoming stale. It should be noted that the vio... Read More »
ArapahoeAlicia Aug 09, 2016
This book had me hooked from the very beginning. While not everyone's cup of tea, I loved jumping from character to character, the complex story lines and the long books (perfect for a vacation in my opinion). Since the release of the TV series, I've even been inclined to re-read the series.
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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.”
“Never forget what you are, for surely the world will not. Make it your strength. Then it can never be your weakness. Armour yourself in it, and it will never be used to hurt you.”
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.