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A Game of Thrones

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Basic info
A Game of Thrones
is a fantasy book written by
George R. R. Martin
The first part of a series called
A Song of Ice and Fire
801 pages long
Published on August 6th, 1996
Has won the
Locus Award
(1997) and the
Ignotus Award
(2003); has also been nominated for several other awards
Gained publicity when HBO began airing a TV-show based on the bookseries in 2011
Became a
New York Times
bestseller during the same year
The cover of my book
The original cover
The Setting
The events of the book are set
on the nonexistent continents of
Westeros
and
Essos
and happen during the medieval age. The three storylines all take place in different locations: one in the Seven Kingdoms, one on the Wall and one in Essos.
the Wall (part of Westeros)
the Seven Kingdoms (part of Westeros)
Essos
The Plot explained
The book follows three roughly connected storylines simultaneously
The events are recounted from the point of view of nine different characters
The first story is told by Daenerys Targaryen, the exiled princess of an overthrown king living in the mysterious eastern land as the queen of a tribe
The second story is told by Jon Snow - bastard son of Eddard Stark - who is living by the wall that protects the lands of Westeros from the evil that lurks in the North
The third story is the main story told by the rest of the characters, and concerns the civil war brewing between the houses of Westeros; mainly House Stark and House Lannister

Back cover
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, the 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.
The Houses
House Stark is one of the Great Houses of Westeros, ruling over the vast region known as the North from their seat in Winterfell. It is by far one of the oldest lines of Westerosi nobility, claiming a line of descent stretching back over eight thousand years. The head of the house is the Lord of Winterfell. Before the Targaryen conquest, the leaders of House Stark ruled over the region as the Kings in the North.

-
Eddard "Ned" Stark
, Lord of Winterfell, Warden of
the North
- his wife,
lady Catelyn
, of House Tully
- their children:
-
Robb
, the heir of Winterfell, fourteen years of age
-
Sansa
, the eldest daughter, eleven
-
Arya
, the younger daughter, a girl of nine
-
Brandon
, called Bran, seven
- Rickon, the youngest son, a boy of three
- his bastard son,
Jon Snow
, a boy of fourteen
- his siblings:
- [Brandon], his elder brother, murdered by the command of
Aerys II Targaryen
- [Lyanna], his younger sister, died in the mountains of Dorne
- Benjen, his younger brother, a man of the Night's Watch
House Stark
House Baratheon
House Baratheon is one of the Great Houses of Westeros, although also one of the youngest. It is the current royal house.

- king Robert Baratheon, the First of His Name
- his wife, queen Cersei, of House Lannister
- their children:
- prince Joffrey, heir to the Iron Throne, twelve
- princess Myrcella, a girl of eight
- prince Tommen, a boy of seven
- his brothers:
- Stannis Baratheon, Lord of Dragonstone
- Renly Baratheon, Lord of Storm's End
- his small council:
- Grand Maester Pycelle
- Lord Petyr Baelish, called Littlefinger, master of
coin
- Stannis Baratheon, master of ships
- Renly Baratheon, master of laws
- Ser Barristan Selmy, Lord Commander of the
Kingsguard
House Lannister
House Lannister of Casterly Rock is one of the Great Houses of Westeros, one of its richest and most powerful families and oldest dynasties.

- Tywin Lannister, Lord of Casterly Rock, Warden
of the West, Shield of Lannisport
- his wife, [Lady Joanna], a cousin, died in
childbed
- their children:
- ser Jaime, called the Kingslayer, heir to
Casterly Rock, a twin to Cersei
- queen Cersei, wife of King Robert I Baratheon,
a twin to Jaime
-
Tyrion
, called the Imp, a dwarf
House Targaryen
House Targaryen is one of the former Great Houses of Westeros and was the ruling royal House of the Seven Kingdoms for three centuries, before it was deposed during Robert's Rebellion and House Baratheon replaced it as the new royal House. The few surviving Targaryens fled into exile.

- [King Aerys Targaryen], the Second of His Name,
slain by Jaime Lannister during the Sack of King's
Landing
- his sister and wife, [queen Rhaella] of House
Targaryen, died in childbed on Dragonstone
- their children:
- [prince Rhaegar], heir to the Iron Throne, slain by
Robert Baratheon on the Trident
- prince Viserys, styling himself of Viserys, the
Third of His Name, Lord of the Seven Kingdoms,
called the Beggar King
-
princess Daenerys
, called Daenerys Stormborn,
a maid of thirteen years
character's name is
bolded
: one of the narrators of the story
character's name is in [brackets]: died before the beginning of the book
Vocabulary
bastard = avioton lapsi
bestow = suoda, ojentaa
exile = maanpako
house (tässä) = kuningassuku
treachery = petos, kavallus
warden = vartija, ylläpitäjä
The Middle Ages:
A Game of Thrones vs. Our World
What I liked
Interesting
Rich and detailed descriptions of scenery and happenings, overall beautiful text
Most characters were authentic and some relatable
What I didn't like
There were moments where the plot didn't seem to advance for several chapters
The storyline was somewhat complicated and hard to follow at times
Some scenes containing sex or violence were quite graphic and hardly enjoyable
Summary
I'd been meaning to read this book for ages and I found it as good, if not better than I expected. I would recommend it to anyone with time and patience to read longer books and an interest towards books with themes of war, politics, romance and fantasy.
Thank you
Heidi Mäkitalo, 9C
all pictures of the TV-series
Game of Thrones
© HBO
The author
George Raymond Richard Martin (born 20.9.1948 in New Jersey) is an american speculative fiction -author, scriptwriter and producer.
Although
A Game of Thrones
is loosely based on historical
Wars of the Roses
and some of the houses and characters have historical counterparts, especially when taking into account also the later books in the series we will find out that there are many themes that don't fit the Medieval picture.

The world in
A Song of Ice and Fire
is one where women and people of colour struggle to gain leadership roles, where characters debate the ethics of slave labor, and where banks play shady roles in global politics, and therefore in many way the bookseries largely resembles the 19th and 20th century and in some aspects even the present day.

Also, many of the characters are relatable to many readers and therefore a popular way of describing the bookseries is by saying that it tells modern stories applied to a Medieval context.
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