A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book One

by George R.R. Martin | Science Fiction & Fantasy |
ISBN: 0553593714 Global Overview for this book
Registered by HoserLauren of Burlington, Ontario Canada on 12/10/2011
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Journal Entry 1 by HoserLauren from Burlington, Ontario Canada on Saturday, December 10, 2011
Bought for myself as a birthday present.

From Chapters:
Long ago, in a time forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons out of balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. The cold is returning, and in the frozen wastes to the north of Winterfell, sinister and supernatural forces are massing beyond the kingdom's protective Wall. At the center of the conflict lie the Starks of Winterfell, a family as harsh and unyielding as the land they were born to. Sweeping from a land of brutal cold to a distant summertime kingdom of epicurean plenty, here is a tale of lords and ladies, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and bastards, who come together in a time of grim omens.

Here an enigmatic band of warriors bear swords of no human metal; a tribe of fierce wildlings carry men off into madness; a cruel young dragon prince barters his sister to win back his throne; and a determined woman undertakes the most treacherous of journeys. Amid plots and counterplots, tragedy and betrayal, victory and terror, the fate of the Starks, their allies, and their enemies hangs perilously in the balance, as each endeavors to win that deadliest of conflicts: the game of thrones.

Journal Entry 2 by HoserLauren at Toronto, Ontario Canada on Saturday, June 30, 2012
This book is far too large (807 pages) and has far too many characters (close to one billion) to give it a proper description. If you don't know anything about A Game of Thrones, all you need to know is there is a land with seven kingdoms where summers last for years, but winter is coming and so is war. The current King overthrew his predecessor and when he dies, there are multiple claims to the throne.

This book has love, war, deception, humour, death (lots of it), birth, magic, dragons, and so much more. Don't be put off by the magic and dragons if you aren't usually in to that, these elements in the book are minimal. The book reads like historical fiction and Martin makes you believe that this time really could have existed. Really, there's no other way to describe the book, and I'm sure the entire series, as epic.

Journal Entry 3 by wingAceofHeartswing at Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Sunday, July 01, 2012
This book is with me :)

Journal Entry 4 by wingAceofHeartswing at Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Wednesday, December 12, 2012
A long time ago seven kingdoms existed and they were brought together under King Robert through battle. Now there are those who wish more power and plot to get that and those who are forced to leave to save their lives and plot to return gloriously. There are also those content with who they are and their king refuses to let them be and wishes their services.

This is a land where summers last for decades but winter is approaching and the supernatural forces beyond the kingdom are amassing. This is also a land of magic and dragons.

With all the wonderful themes of life and death, war, deception, betrayal, cowardice and bravery how could this book have not lived up to its expectations.

I thoroughly enjoyed the read. I had a bit of trouble for the first 100 pages getting the characters straight but Martin does a great job of giving each character their own chapter to help keep them in place.

A recommended read!!

Journal Entry 5 by HoserLauren at Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Friday, March 15, 2013
This book is back with me.

Journal Entry 6 by HoserLauren at Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Saturday, July 06, 2013
Mailed today to LoriPed, on behalf of zzz and the 6 around the world exchange.

Journal Entry 7 by loriped at Keizer, Oregon USA on Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Received in the mail today and so happy to receive. I keep hearing about this series and have looked forward to reading this for quite some time. Thanks.

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