A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire #1) by George R.R. Martin
Publication Date: August 6, 1996 (First published)
Published: Bantam Spectra
Reviewer: Ryan (Mr. Keira)
Summers span decades. Winter can last a lifetime. And the struggle for the Iron Throne has begun.
As Warden of the north, Lord Eddard Stark counts it a curse when King Robert bestows on him the office of the Hand. His honour weighs him down at court where a true man does what he will, not what he must … and a dead enemy is a thing of beauty.
The old gods have no power in the south, Stark’s family is split and there is treachery at court. Worse, the vengeance-mad heir of the deposed Dragon King has grown to maturity in exile in the Free Cities. He claims the Iron Throne.
As a fan of the Game of Thrones series on HBO I have wanted to read the book series that spawned one of the greatest shows to ever come from premium cable, so after a lot of procrastination I finally picked up the first book and gave it a go. A whopping 867 pages later and the first book of the series had me hooked to the book as much as the television series. The best part of all is that the book didn’t ruin my view on the television series like most books do with their TV adaptations.