You’ve read the books. You’ve watched the hit series on HBO. Now acclaimed novelist Daniel Abraham and illustrator Tommy Patterson bring George R. R. Martin’s epic fantasy masterwork A Game of Thrones to majestic new life in the pages of this graphic novel. Comprised of the initial six issues of the comic book series, this is the first volume in what is sure to be one of the most coveted collaborations of the year.
Winter is coming. Such is the stern motto of House Stark, the northernmost of the fiefdoms that owe allegiance to King Robert Baratheon in far-off King’s Landing. There Eddard Stark of Winterfell rules in Robert’s name. There his family dwells in peace and comfort: his proud wife, Catelyn, his sons Robb, Brandon, and Rickon, his daughters Sansa and Arya, and his bastard son, Jon Snow. Far to the north, behind the towering Wall, lie savage Wildings and worse—unnatural things relegated to myth during the centuries-long summer . . . but proving all too real and all too deadly in the turning of the season.
Yet a more immediate threat lurks to the south, where Jon Arryn, the Hand of the King, has died under mysterious circumstances. Now Robert is riding north to Winterfell, bringing his queen, the lovely but cold Cersei, his son, Prince Joffrey, a cruel, vainglorious youth, and the queen’s brothers Jaime and Tyrion of the powerful and wealthy House Lannister—the first a swordsman without equal, the second a dwarf whose stunted stature belies a brilliant mind. All heading for Winterfell and a fateful encounter that will change the course of kingdoms.
While across the Narrow Sea, Prince Viserys, heir of the fallen House Targaryen, which once ruled all of Westeros, schemes to reclaim the throne with an army of barbarian Dothraki—whose loyalty he will purchase in the only coin left to him: his beautiful yet innocent sister, Daenerys.
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Good, but be warned. The series is terrible.
This book creates some great characters and I loved it. BUT be warned. This series is not about Westros; it is about creating recurring revenue for Mr. Martin.
The "Game of Thrones" series of books is absolutely terrible and frustrating. I just finished book 5 and am angry that I kept reading. Admittedly Martin has created an fascinating world and many great characters. I was hooked from the start and expected to finish the series loving the books. Instead I finished book 5 angry with myself for wasting all that time and with even more angry with the manipulative author.
The main problem is that Martin ignores one of the basics of the story-telling arc. The Climax. Often referred to as "The End." If a story is to big to be told in a single novel, we have the tradition of the trilogy. In a series or a trilogy each book still wraps up most story lines with a hint of further challenges ahead. These books end with major characters and plot lines dropped for hundreds or even thousands of pages. After 5 books and several thousand pages, the fundamental story in still far from resolution. I feel manipulated. Martin has clearly concluded that he can milk us for the maximum amount of revenue without bothering to conclude this story.
I read a lot and don't often write reviews. This series is a waste of time. Read "Dune", read Asimov's "Foundation Trilogy" read "Three Day Road", read anything. But for the love of all that is good about books, stay AWAY from this series. If I save even one reader with this warning it will all have been worthwhile.