A Game of Thrones is the first novel in A Song of Ice and Fire, a series of high fantasy novels by American author George R. R. Martin. It was first published on August 6, 1996. The novel won the 1997 Locus Award and was nominated for both the 1997 Nebula Award and the 1997 World Fantasy Award. The novella Blood of the Dragon, comprising the Daenerys Targaryen chapters from the novel, won the 1997 Hugo Award for Best Novella. In January 2011 the novel became a New York Times bestseller and reached #1 on the list in July 2011. In the novel, recounting events from various points of view, Martin introduces the plot-lines of the noble houses of Westeros, the Wall, and the Targaryens. The novel has inspired several spin-off works, including several games. It is also the basis for the first season of Game of Thrones, an HBO television series that premiered in April 2011. A March 2013 paperback TV tie-in re-edition was also titled Game of Thrones, excluding the indefinite article qAq. The title phrase surfaces at various points in the book and its sequels, first appearing when Ser Jorah Mormont tells Daenerys Targaryen, qThe common people pray for rain, healthy children, and a summer that never ends. It is no matter to them if the high lords play their game of thrones, so long as they are left in peace. They never are.q Later, Queen Cersei Lannister warns Lord Eddard Stark in the godswood, qWhen you play the game of thrones, you win or you die. There is no middle ground.q Stark thinks on her warning after his capture and transfer to the dungeon under the Red Keep; Lord Varys visits him there and inquires, qWhy is it always the innocents who suffer most, when you high lords play your game of thrones?q Finally, amidst the strategic discussions of Robb Stark and colleagues, Ser Stevron Frey (speaking of the opposition between Joffrey and Renly Baratheon) advises, qWait, let these two kings play their game of thrones. When they are done fighting, we can bend our knees to the victor, or oppose him, as we choose.q A Game of Thrones A Clash of Kings A Storm of Swords A Feast for Crows A Dance with DragonsIn the novel, recounting events from various points of view, Martin introduces the plot-lines of the noble houses of Westeros, the Wall, and the Targaryens. The novel has inspired several spin-off works, including several games.
|Title||:||A Game of Thrones|
|Author||:||George R.R. Martin|
|Publisher||:||HoKaTa - 2011-03-22|