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A Game of Thrones: The Graphic Novel, Volume One

(A Song of Ice and Fire: The Graphic Novels #1)

4.47  ·  Rating details ·  32,716 ratings  ·  1,052 reviews
This graphic novel adaptation contains more than fifty pages of exclusive content not available in the original comic books, including
• a new Preface by George R. R. Martin
• early renderings of key scenes and favorite characters from the novels
• a walk-through of the entire creative process, from auditioning the artists to tweaking the scripts to coloring the final pa
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published March 27th 2012 by Bantam
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Natalie This is an okay compromise. These graphic novels cover the same material as the books (so far, at least), but they're much shorter and cut out a lot o…moreThis is an okay compromise. These graphic novels cover the same material as the books (so far, at least), but they're much shorter and cut out a lot of important scenes and character details. If you love the show, I'd recommend reading the books - just take your time! It took me forever to read them, but they're worth it.

That said, it's totally up to you :) Enjoy!(less)

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Aug 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
I read the actual book several years ago, and while I liked it, that sort of super thick high fantasy is very hard for me to get motivated to jump back into.
I'm don't think I'm terribly stupid, but a complicated political plot set in a strange land with an assload of characters? Every time I've been on the verge of picking up the next book I get a bit...nervous.


Anyway, I saw this in my library and thought it might be the answer to my prayers. A condensed version of the story with pictures! To
Sean Barrs
Jan 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
I love A song of Ice and Fire , and I mean love. This series has impacted me more than anything else I’ve ever read(A Game of thrones review). It changed my life around. So, when I first heard that it was being adapted for another medium, I was, as expected, very excited. Some stories become tired out, and almost redundant, when they are told again and again. This, however, seems to get better. I don’t mean to say that each medium is better than those that came before it, but that with each add ...more
Aug 15, 2017 rated it liked it AWAY. FROM. THIS. BOOK.
My fair warning to y'all youngsters.
Unless you don't want to become addicted to erotic books. ;)

Alright, here's the basic summary of this story:
-desire *wiggles eyebrows*
-more blood
-you know what it is *wiggles eyebrows again*

I'm not kidding. About 10 pages in, they're already hacking away at a monster and spewing disgusting stuff everywhere.
Oh! And would ya look at th
Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)
Pretty confusing at most times as I think there were a lot of gaps that would be filled in if I read the books, which I haven't and probably never will. ...more
Aug 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Well, this was super fun!

Have only read the first novel....A Song of Fire and Ice....but have seen the entire HBO series....and am hooked. Do believe I will continue reading GAME OF THRONES in graphic form as George R. R. Martin makes it clear in the preface that the graphic form is not a tie-in to the TV series, but an original adaptation of his novels. Am excited to find out the storyline differences! He also explains it's why the characters do not look like the actors on our flat screens.


I can hardly describe how happy I was when I found these graphic novels. I need help maintaining my sanity until the 6th book of the series is released and these comics are like a gift from the old gods!XD

In my opinion, the graphic novels follow the story and atmosphere of the first novel very closely, but the show has obviously influenced them as well. Honestly, I think the comics actually depict the depth of the books better than the TV series does, since budget can't get in the way when it co
Jasmine from How Useful It Is
Loved this book! Detailed review to come.
Aug 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: collected-comics
My first exposure to GRRM’s fantasy continent of Westeros was through the excellent HBO series. I haven’t had the chance to read the book, though I would seize the chance should a bargain hardback of the first volume of A Song of Fire and Ice fall on my lap.

The first hardcover book of A Game of Thrones just happened to be a collected edition of the first six issues of a planned 24-issue adaptation of it. It is not an adaptation of the HBO series as the two were developed in parallel but with the
Wren (fablesandwren)
So, I would say that if you haven’t read the book or didn’t watch the show, the graphic novels might be a little confusing. They do explain some things, but it isn’t to an extent that if the information was new, it would make sense.

The art in this is beautiful (and I wish I could have gotten a screen shot of some of them, but I had a physical copy). They make even the ugly people look pretty, which actually may be a flaw in the art... now that I think about it.

It doesn’t cover the whole book th
Karl Marberger
Jul 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, fantasy
Awesome artwork!
Jan 02, 2013 rated it it was ok
So I'm still reading through the books, and quite liking them, but this was It had the same story, obviously, but the art just sort of killed it for me. The faces were inconsistent from one panel to another, no one looks even close to the age they're supposed to be, and the girls are all just far, far too 'comic booky' to work for who they are. Like Catelyn, for one. A woman with five children, the eldest of which is 15-16 isn't going to have the skin of a 22 year old, nor that whole ...more
May 08, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
This was really good, but if you haven't read the book series it would be very confusing. It's a great addition to the series but not really necessary. ...more
Jim Ef
Aug 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
If you are a fan of the tv show and want to know what are the differences with the book, but you feel a bit lazy, here you have a good alternative choice. The only thing that I personally didn’t like so much is the art, not in general, as it’s good when it comes to environment etc, but the characters look very similar and way too young. This didn’t stop me from enjoying this and I don’t think it will stop you either.
Oh oh oh one more thing. The scene with Tyrion making a freaking backflip…
Actual review: 4.5

A concise and accurate adaptation of one of my favourite books. The artwork is lovely and all characters are in character. It’s a great refresher for anyone who has already read the first book of the ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ series.
I loved seeing the artist's rendition of the characters in this graphic novel style. The story flow is pretty true to form, except condensed. The adaption of the story by Daniel Abraham is very fun to read. It is interesting that the artist, Tommy Patterson, rendered Catelyn in such a sex goddess way. It was great to see her feeling portrayed in a feminine way that was not ALL maternal.

I loved seeing the early rendering sketches of some of the scenes and characters as well as the explanation of
Jun 02, 2013 rated it did not like it
Blech. This. I would really hate for anyone's first introduction to the Song of Ice and Fire universe to be this graphic novel because it's such a watered down version of the story. I know a book this long is going to be difficult to adapt, but I'm not sure I would have really been able to follow along or understand the story without having read the books previously or at least watched the show. Some of the panel changes were just so abrupt. My biggest issue though was with the art, which was NO ...more
David Sven
Feb 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommended for fans of the A Song of Ice and Fire series. This is an adaptation of the books, not the HBO series. The character depictions are different to the TV series and in a good way.

This instalment ends where Catlyn makes it to Kings Landing and lets Eddard know of her suspicions re Bran's accident.

The art was detailed and fantastic. If I have a complaint it was that the panels felt a little busy and the overall book felt dense compared to what I would expect in a graphic novel. I found m
Feb 25, 2013 rated it liked it
I read this book on a promise from a Goodreads friend that there would be boobies and so I thought I would, in this review, focus on whether Game of Thrones: The Graphic Novel delivers on that promise of boobage, both in the quantity and quality of presentation therein.

It's worth pointing out, initially, that not every issue of this comic featured nudity of any kind and in order to enjoy the aforementioned boobs you will have to slog through some actual storytelling. This may or may not be a pro
Dec 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I honestly think that the amount of love and work put into this work of art is almost equal to the work put into the TV show!
The illustrations are amazing and the details are just masterful, and they picked up all of my favorite lines to include here.
The experience of using this new medium to hear the story again was very rewarding. I loved how they stayed very true to the character descriptions in the novels (I had no idea that Tyrion had one green and one brown eye!).
The most common asked que
Aug 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Are you going through Game of Thrones withdrawals? I am still waiting for Winds of Winter to be released. This first illustrated volume does a great job adapting the Westeros series. Meticulously drawn and vividly colored you are drawn into the world of the Starks, the Lannisters, the Targaryens, and King Robert Baratheon with his entourage and council once again. For this series the characters and scenery do not look like their HBO counterparts but as how envisioned and described by Martin in h ...more
Kimberley doruyter
Sep 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
the art is beautiful.
Oct 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I never would have guessed that this book could be made into a graphic novel series. They are just so dense with so many characters and a lot of dialogue, but somehow they did it, and they did it very well. The character faces are distinctive, the narrative, while condensed, is still very true to the novel. Color me impressed!
Nov 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
WOW I loved this graphic novel. I loved the art work. The characters looked amazing. I loved the art of Tyrion Lannister and Khal Drogo. They both look similar as described in the books.

This had some of the scenes which were not shown in the show and are mentioned in the book. I really enjoyed reading and it was like i am living in the world of ice and fire again. I love the books. I love the show. Now i am in love with the graphic novel. I am so excited to read the next 3 volumes.

Its game of th
Ranting Dragon
Jun 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: stephan

A couple months ago, someone gave me the first six issues of the Game of Thrones comics. It took me a while to start reading them, but once I did, I realized once again how awesome the person who gifted them really is. This comic, adapted from the George R.R. Martin story by Daniel Abraham—known for his Long Price Quartet and, more recently, The Dragon’s Path—with art by Tommy Patterson, is quite the read. Simply put: it made me devour the pages and left m
The entire graphic novel adaptation is acceptable in terms of writing, but the drawing itself isn't good and not on par with the best of comics out there, which is a pity as this series deserves a great artist and a great style to do the plotline justice. Unfortunately, it's not so. The things that irked me the most were: a. that whilst this purports to follow the BOOKS, in some characters' features you can clearly see the face of the SHOW actors, and there are very evident mistakes that contrad ...more
Penelope (Penelope’s Picks)
As a huge lover and self-proclaimed fangirl of all things Game of Thrones, I felt it was my sworn duty to pick up the graphic novel. As much as I love the books in A Song of Ice and Fire series, the vast world of Westeros, the wonderful characters and the incredible storylines, I found this graphic novel to be lacking. The art was good, but knowing the original story as well as I do, I felt like there were many parts that could have been improved/expanded on. Also, there were quite a few grammar ...more
Carol Storm
Feb 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful adaptation, even if everyone looks too pretty at times. Cersei looks like a department store mannequin!
Feb 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My first true "read" of a graphic novel. I'd looked through a few issues of The Walking Dead, and enjoyed them, but having read this collection, I now wonder if it's set an impossible standard for future reads. I loved everything about A Game of Thrones graphic novel. Story adaptation, art, coloring, dialogue boxes, and the script itself, all spot on. Every scene conveyed emotion, movement, intensity. Thoroughly impressed with this work, and very much looking forward to further issues. ...more
Apr 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Well! Colossal is the right word for ASoIaF series and adapting it (even only the first novel "A Game of Thrones" of the series) into graphic novel is no easy job. The book series was very popular itself and the HBO TV Series adaptation made apparently the whole world it's fan, this doesn't make anyone's job easy. You can simply screw things because of the sheer weight of expectations so it required the utmost level of commitment and hard work. I am glad they succeeded in it.

Being a comics book
Sep 13, 2017 rated it it was ok
So, what can I say about this book?

First, it's exceptionally well-written considering what it is. The text is almost all culled directly from A Game of Thrones and it is edited in a very readable way that doesn't subtract from the books story in the least. It is a closer adaptation than the show was, but that is courtesy of the medium that it is presented in. The show is arguably quite better paced and... erm... better 'cast' in certain ways. So, the writing is very well done.

Secondly, the art
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Daniel James Abraham, pen names M.L.N. Hanover and James S.A. Corey, is an American novelist, comic book writer, screenwriter, and television producer. He is best known as the author of The Long Price Quartet and The Dagger and the Coin fantasy series, and with Ty Franck, as the co-author of The Expanse series of science fiction novels, written under the joint pseudonym James S.A. Co ...more

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