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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Daring You To Read… A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin


I’ve recently become obsessed with A GAME OF THRONES by George R.R. Martin from the series A Song of Ice and Fire. Not only is the book amazing, but I think the HBO TV series is even more noteworthy. Since the third season will premiere on TV soon (March 31st), I thought it would be a great time to dare you to read this great fantasy book.

The storyline might be a little bit everywhere because of the amount of characters, but that’s to be expected with epic fantasy books. The characters are amazing and I think the combination of all of them really makes this book what it is.

If you’re new to epic fantasy novels this is something you cannot pass over. It might be frustratingly long but it’s definitively worth it. While it is a fantasy series, the paranormal aspects aren’t too present. While there are a few paranormal/magical elements, they don’t overpower the story and I think that’s what makes it so great. The series really is about the characters and I’m glad the TV show found so many great actors to portray them.

Please note that the story is quite dark and mature at times. While I believe anyone who can read a 800+ pages book (or more depending on the edition) is mature enough for this story, please be careful while watching the TV series around children. I mean, it is HBO… Their reputation speaks for itself…

Have your read A Game of Thrones? Have you seen the TV show? If so, let me know what you think!

martin - agof 1Long 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.martin - agof 2

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.

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Read an excerpt

Here is the trailer for Season 1:

The rest of the series:

martin - 2 clash of kings martin - 3 a storm of swords martin - 4 a feast of crows martin - 5 a dance with dragons

Daring You To Read is a weekly feature here on Tynga’s Reviews where we dare you to read some of our favorite older releases (at least 6 months old). All the books/series we choose to feature are titles we adored and think you should give them a shot! We think it’s a super awesome way to discover that special book who might have slipped off your radar!

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4 People left their mark' :

  1. I love both the books and the TV show. I've read two of the books and should probably get the third one read before season 3 of the TV show begins.

  2. I've read the first 4 books and loved them all. I have Book 5 waiting in cue. But I hesitate since there is no ETA for book 6 and I tend to get anxiety attacks (are we there yet?...Are we there yet?...) in between books. Although I'm a fan of the HBO series and think they are doing a great job with sticking to Martin's story and vision (unlike so many other book to film projects), I still love the books more. It's just impossible for them to include every nuance from the books in the show.

  3. Game of Thrones was suggested to me by a former boss. I bought the book and it sat on my shelf for the longest time. When A Dance With Dragons was released, I was intrigued and finally picked up the first book. It was a smack in the forehead kind of moment. I couldn't believed I waited so long to read the book and totally absorbed the series. They are on my list of books to read again this year. Yes, I think they are worthy of rereading and wish more books were like that.

  4. I love this series and the TV Show is really acurate. But I'm behind and still need to read book three before the season premiere.