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A Game of Thrones – It's What We're Reading

January 2012

A monthly offering from Drexel Library’s staff about the books we’ve read.

A Game of Thrones


A Game of Thrones

George R.R. Martin

“When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die. There is no middle ground.” – Cersei Lannister

A Game of Thrones is the first book in George R.R. Martin’s popular medieval fantasy series, “A Song of Ice and Fire”.   The novel introduces the reader to the struggle for power between the rival Stark, Lannister and Targaryen families in the fictional Seven Kingdoms of Westeros.  You can think of it as England’s War of the Roses with a bit of Tolkien for good measure.   It is told through three interwoven stories.  In the first, a hidden secret leads to the discovery of a plot to murder the current king and seize the “Iron Throne.”  The second takes place in the land of Essos where the exiled children of the deposed ruler pay a high price in seeking help to raise an army in order to regain their kingdom.   The last one is set along an enormous 700 foot high ice wall that was built by man and magic to protect the kingdom from the unknown mysteries beyond the frontier.

WARNING! Reader Advisory
The work contains references to direwolves, wights and dragons.  It is suitable for readers, who enjoy adventure fantasy with a little sword play.

Audio book read by Roy Dotrice – 28 compact discs (33hr.33 min)

This book may be found in the audio book collection on the first floor of the Library:
PS3563.A7239 G36 2011ab