A Game of ThronesGeorge R.R. Martin

A Game of Thrones

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A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin Book Summary

Available only on Apple Books, this enhanced edition is an amazing way to explore the rich world of George R. R. Martin’s series. Stay on top of the epic story lines with annotations, glossaries, and family trees. Follow each main character’s journey with interactive maps. Explore the symbolism of every house’s sigil. In addition to hundreds of enhancements, you’ll find an excerpt of The Winds of Winter, the hugely anticipated sixth book in Martin’s series.

With A Game of Thrones, George R. R. Martin launched a genuine masterpiece, bringing together the best the genre has to offer. Mystery, intrigue, romance, and adventure fill the pages of this magnificent saga, the first volume in an epic series.

Long 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 forces are massing beyond the kingdom's protective Wall. To the south, the king's powers are failing—his most trusted adviser dead under mysterious circumstances and his enemies emerging from the shadows of the throne. At the center of the conflict lie the Starks of Winterfell, a family as harsh and unyielding as the frozen land they were born to. Now Lord Eddard Stark is reluctantly summoned to serve as the king's new Hand, an appointment that threatens to sunder not only his family but the kingdom itself.

Sweeping from a harsh land of cold to a summertime kingdom of epicurean plenty, A Game of Thrones tells a tale of lords and ladies, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and bastards, who come together in a time of grim omens. 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; a child is lost in the twilight between life and death; and a determined woman undertakes a treacherous journey to protect all she holds dear. Amid plots and counter-plots, tragedy and betrayal, victory and terror, allies and enemies, the fate of the Starks hangs perilously in the balance, as each side endeavors to win that deadliest of conflicts: the game of thrones.

A Game of Thrones (George R.R. Martin) Book Reviews

Amazingly amazingNuff said.Score: 5/5

My book won't downloadMy book won't download.Score: 1/5

Beware of IssuesOf course I rate the book itself a 5/5, as game of thrones is truly an entirely different world that obviously took years to build, but this I book version, while plentiful in features, has issues. The main issue I run into is a split in the pages. I'll turn a page and suddenly there's a gap in the middle, with half a page on the left and half on the right. This happens far more frequently than it should, and the only way to solve it is to quit out of the book and reopen it. This glitch is the main problem, but like I said, it happens almost every time I have a reading session. Other than the glitch, the index is great, the fun facts are interesting, and the pictures are gorgeous. Beware the bug, however..Score: 4/5

Great book formatLove the e-formatting of this book—which is a knockout in and of itself..Score: 5/5

FailHow can I trust the book t.Score: 1/5

Bought it. And it won't allow me to readUnable to open. Wth.Score: 1/5

Cool experience with strange errors.The maps, images, and author’s notes are very nice. Unfortunately, I’ve already noticed several typos and weird text errors that hurt the flow of the story. I own a couple physical copies of the book that I’ve used to verify that these are, in fact, errors..Score: 5/5

Taking forever to download!I started to download this before a flight to Ireland. After waiting an hour on a fast LTE network with full bars I had to get on my flight. After arriving in Ireland and another hour on a very fast network (no problem doing other stuff, vids, pics etc) I'm still waiting and it's only half way there. Come on people, sort your server out, this is pathetic, especially for such a popular book. I'll update my review for the book if ever finally downloads. I'm very disappointed, I was really looking forward to a good read on a long flight :(.Score: 1/5

Love these Enhanced EditionsFirst of all, the book is fantastic. If you’re a fan fantasy novels, the show, or really good books in general, you really should read this series at some point in your life. They’re what I would say is more low fantasy, being a bit more grounded in reality, with just the right amount of magic (for lack of a better term) and mystery to really make the world special. Also, as good as the show was pre-season 7, these are so much better. The ASOIAF books are the real deal, and A Game of Thrones is a great beginning to that series. As for the Enhanced Editions, they’ve basically ruined me for physical copies. I own the paperbacks and audiobooks, I’ve read each one twice, but these editions are my favorite and are the ones I’ll always be returning to. My favorite feature is the crown icons you can touch that bring pop-ups that feature all kinds of really interesting trivia and other kinds of neat information regarding a topic you just read about. I also really appreciate the maps at the start of every chapter showing not only the location of that character but also the path that they might have recently traveled. Having a short, optional “When we were last with...” at the beginning of each chapter is a fantastic addition as well. There are a number of other features I could go on about but honestly I would just say if you’re interested in the series, just go for this EE first (it’s especially useful for first time readers), and if you’re looking to reread the series after a number of years, I’d still recommend these above other additions..Score: 5/5

Better than the show👌If you like the show, you will love the book. The interactive content adds an entirely new element to GOTs 🔥🔥🔥.Score: 5/5

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Will not downloadI purchased the book last night and it still isn’t downloaded..Score: 2/5

Excelently written and great presentationThis is an Excelently written story by George Martin and a great presentation this story using book with enchanting content. Thanks!.Score: 5/5

It's Really 760 PagesFor those confused, the download is actually 760 pages. The details listed in description are incorrect. Also for those complaining about the long download times, this is 700+ mb in size which is much larger than your typical book. This should give you a sense of all the additional content they added..Score: 5/5

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Really, Wow!Bought the books for real, but the special editions of these things are really fun!.Score: 5/5

👍🏼I love this enhanced edition way more than physical copies for the series..Score: 5/5

Won't DownloadI can't download this book. Sad. It looks like it is downloading but when it finishes, the cloud icon returns..Score: 1/5

MasterpieceYou truly can’t put this series down and feel like you personally know each character. The way GRRM brings his characters to life, the detail in which he describes each place, situation and person truly immerses you into the world he’s created. The history he’s created for his fantasy world rivals Tolkien and Middle Earth..Score: 5/5

AmazingI love this book when I first read it and now with all these nice little updates it’s even better..Score: 5/5

Won't downloadDisappointed because I have been trying to download for a week, but it just shows the circular download in progress icon, with no progress. Phone is up to date and iBooks is latest version. Please fix this book, as I have wasted my money..Score: 1/5

Will not download.This is a part of my library, yet when I attempt to download via the iBooks app ‘cloud’ icon... I’m presented a dialog box “this item will available in your library when book has finished downloading” and proceeds to absolutely nothing. Nothing like stating the obvious... if I can’t download it how am I supposed to read it?.Score: 1/5

Very best apps 👌👌#books.Score: 5/5

FIX THE FULLSCREEN MODE PLEASE.Full screen mode doesn’t work properly. Annoying Wi-Fi icons, time and battery status of iPhone won’t ever disappear and your whole reading experience is therefore very very poor. FIX IT..Score: 1/5

Best fantasy in the best cover. Enjoy your experience from first line to the end of series.I love to read George Martin! His books so interesting and so well written, that during reading your imagination creates a pictures. Imagine that’s now you have great illustrators who actually create interactive images in the book! Your reading experience will not be comparable to way you read before! For people, especially us, who likes fantasies, it is amazing experience. Thank you for wrap a Great story written by George Martin into this interactive book, it is a best way to present it..Score: 5/5

Best book#best book.Score: 5/5

AwesomeGreat book..Score: 4/5

If you're not going hardback--get thisIf your a real GoT fan who's cool with not getting the hard copy in a store--this is your edition. Watched series before and reading now, interactive features are super cool tidbits real GoT fans can nerd out on. Well done.Score: 5/5

A Perfect Book, The Definitive EditionGreat story, great new format ebook. Martin’s first book is a little different from the later books (AFFC/ADWD) in Ice and Fire. Despite the page count, this book is a fairly quick read and a great story. The story moves quicker, and it’s the plot that carries this book. The later books slow down the plot, but add atmosphere and characters, allowing mood to carry those books towards more thematic, almost philosophical writing. Some will enjoy books 4&5 more for their complexity and feeling of melancholy, but A Game of Thrones is the “simplest” story in this series. It begins with a few chapters serving as the introduction to the characters. Then the plot begins with the initial conflict. A traditional three act story follows, culminating in an ending that sets ups the next entry in the series. Also this new enhanced ebook format is the perfect format for a new reader. It has lots of information via an appendix, a glossary, and maps. It explains the characters and the world and has lots of visuals. Even the occasional audio clip from the audio book..Score: 5/5

GreatI love this version of the book. The maps and detailed information you get from clicking links within the book are informative and will help a first time reader grasp all the different characters..Score: 5/5

No Discount for Owners of the Original SeriesMartin has a lot of nerve to rerelease these titles and offer no discount to people who own the original ibook versions. Finish your series before milking us for more money bud..Score: 1/5

Superb editionA superb edition that makes it easier to follow the story The illustrations are gorgeous Will buy the complete enhanced edition when all are released.Score: 5/5

Unable to download bookI can’t download the book to read though I’ve purchased it..Score: 1/5

Don't dx vyfddtdhI taxback and every by god ygghv thfd fnh.Score: 5/5

Won't downloadI'd really like my money back.Score: 1/5

Great edition of the story with an annoying bugI have bought all 5 books of this enhanced edition and I have to say the extra content is truly amazing. I cannot say enough how much I have been enjoying rereading the books along with the interesting tidbits of trivia. The maps look great too and the information in the appendix is presented in way more accessible way than in the actual books. I would rate 5 stars, if not for the annoying bug that makes the chapter titles have a white background even when the night view is turned on (using iBooks in my iPad 5th gen and iPhone 6s with iOS 11). The same problem is present in books 4 and 5, but oddly it is fixed for books 2 and 3. Could you please fix this for the rest of the books? It is making an otherwise excellent edition look a bit sloppy..Score: 3/5

Great BookWell written..Score: 5/5

Just a questionWhy is the original book roughly 500 pages longer than this book is marked at? Was there that much content taken out in this version or what ?.Score: 5/5

Barely enhanced, and no art....very disappointedWith all the amazing fan art, this really could have been an opportunity to not only create a richly illustrated and interactive version of the story. Overpriced and underwhelmed..Score: 2/5

IncredibleBreathtakingly exciting and colorful.Score: 5/5

Great book but problematic editionThe story itself is fantastic and I'm reading through it for the second time. However, the enhanced edition keeps losing my place each time I exit the app, placing me at one specific location each time and never giving an option to return to my true location..Score: 4/5

No goodCannot view content. Did i just waste my money?.Score: 1/5

Pages no. ?!Why there is only 312 pages while in the original copy there are 694 pages??!!.Score: 1/5

My first reedingEpic story. Really attractive..Score: 5/5

Amazing But...I love this book but I can't figure out how to look at things like the house lineage..Score: 4/5

Love the Novel but enhancements?I've found I've stopped clicking the links because so many of them just provide the same information you just read and therefore disrupt my reading flow for no purpose. I understand wanting to cross-reference everything but if someone is only mentioned once do we really need a link on the page where they are mentioned? And I don't find the illustrations great - a character's apppearance will be described in the text and then you see an illustration that doesn't follow the description. And I'm not interested in editorial comments about "anachronisms" that aren't really anachronisms - it's fantasy for goodness sake, I expect fantasy to have an internal logic not follow the when what where of actual medieval times. Sometimes I find the links helpful but over all I haven't found they enhance my reading experience. I won't be purchasing the other enhanced volumes. I hate giving this three stars because I love the novel itself but the enhanced edition doesn't deserve more..Score: 3/5

Made a beloved book even betterI love these enhanced editions so much! I love the ASOIAF series and when I saw the enhanced editions I HAD to have them. I love the art, the notes and explanations, maps and everything. It might take longer to read if you pause to look at everything, but it's such an amazing experience that I think is worth the effort, even if you have read the series before..Score: 5/5

TerribleI wasted my$🤑.Score: 5/5

A Game Of Thrones Enhanced EditionI love the enhanced edition of these books I already own all the current books so far in this series in many different formats I have them in hardcover as well as audiobook on audible & ive gotta say that the enhanced edition is by far the coolest version & my favorite. All the special things you can do with the enhanced edition is what sets this version apart from all the rest. I would say that for only $8 it’s worth buying it even if you already own it in another format. I see that other people have reviewed it but nobody has actually wrote a review yet. If your still wondering if you should buy it then my suggestion would be to try out the free preview it gives you 80 pages of free reading so try that & then make your decision but I totally think it’s worth it especially if your a huge fan of game of thrones..Score: 5/5

A bit slow in areasA few slow areas but very great foundation for each character..Score: 4/5

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FabulousI read the sample...it is interesting..Score: 5/5

The Original Story!It’s fantastic to read this and see how closely the TV show followed the book. I could perhaps count on one hand the number of major omissions or changes - it appeared to be that faithful to the text. Martin’s prose is measured and bracing, and uses the best of the English language, which often is also the simplest. Whatever you may think of the characters he writes, love them or despise them, you will come to respect each of them for the complexity granted them by this skilful author..Score: 5/5

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