A Game of Thrones is the first book in A Song of Ice and Fire series by American novelist George R. R. Martin. The book debuted on August 6, 1996. A Game of Thrones won the 1997 Locus Award and was nominated for the World Fantasy Award and Nebula Award in 1997. It took a while before the book topped the New York Times Bestseller list in July 2011. The book presented a unique way of unfolding the story. It focused on different plotlines and points of view. The book was later adapted into a television series that ranked as one of the best.
In the Seven Kingdoms
Eddard Stark, the leader of Winterfell, must execute a traitor from the Night’s Watch on behalf of the Seven Kingdoms. During their journey back to Winterfell, the sons of Eddard find six direwolf pups, which are then given to Eddard’s six children, including his bastard son. King Robert entrusts Eddard as the new Hand of the King after the death of Lord Jon Arryn. Bran Stark found out that Cersei committed incest with her twin, Jamie Lannister. After witnessing the event, Bran Stark was thrown from a tower by Jamie Lannister to keep the incestuous relationship a secret from everyone. Bran Stark miraculously survives the fall but falls into a deep coma.
On the Wall
The novel also explores the Northern Kingdoms in Martin’s world. The Wall is a 700-foot high and 300-mile long barrier made of magic, stone, and ice. The Wall serves as a shield of the Seven Kingdoms from what lurks in the North. The Night’s Watch is tasked to manage The Wall and those who enter and leave. The Night’s Watch swears an oath to manage The Wall for the rest of their lives. At the North of The Wall, the Rangers of the Night’s Watch meet the Others, a race of evil beings that were originally thought to be dead and gone.
In the East
The twenty-one-year-old Viserys Targaryen, along with his thirteen-year-old sister Daenerys, lives in exile in the Free City of Pentos. Viserys is the one and only male heir of Aerys II of the house of Targaryen. The House of Targaryen has ruled as dragonlords over Westeros for 290 years, but their power and dragons are waning.
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