A Game of Thrones: The Graphic Novel, Vol. 2 by George R.R. Martin and Daniel Abraham
Series: A Song of Ice and Fire Graphic Novels #7-12
Published on June 11, 2013
Genres: Fantasy, Graphic Novel
Pages: 240 : Hardcover edition
Source: Checked out from my local library
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You’ve read the books. You’ve watched the hit series on HBO. Now acclaimed novelist Daniel Abraham and illustrator Tommy Patterson bring George R. R. Martin’s epic fantasy masterwork “A Game of Thrones” to majestic new life in the pages of this full-color graphic novel. Comprised of the initial six issues of the graphic series, this is the first volume in what is sure to be one of the most coveted collaborations of the year.
Winter is coming. Such is the stern motto of House Stark, the northernmost of the fiefdoms that owe allegiance to King Robert Baratheon in far-off King’s Landing. There Eddard Stark of Winterfell rules in Robert’s name. There his family dwells in peace and comfort: his proud wife, Catelyn; his sons Robb, Brandon, and Rickon; his daughters Sansa and Arya; and his bastard son, Jon Snow. Far to the north, behind the towering Wall, lie savage Wildings and worse–unnatural things relegated to myth during the centuries-long summer, but proving all too real and all too deadly in the turning of the season.
Yet a more immediate threat lurks to the south, where Jon Arryn, the Hand of the King, has died under mysterious circumstances. Now Robert is riding north to Winterfell, bringing his queen, the lovely but cold Cersei, his son, the cruel, vainglorious Prince Joffrey, and the queen’s brothers Jamie and Tyrion of the powerful and wealthy House Lannister–the first a swordsman without equal, the second a dwarf whose stunted stature belies a brilliant mind. All are heading for Winterfell and a fateful encounter that will change the course of kingdoms.
Meanwhile, across the Narrow Sea, Prince Viserys, heir of the fallen House Targaryen, which once ruled all of Westeros, schemes to reclaim the throne with an army of barbarian Dothraki–whose loyalty he will purchase in the only coin left to him: his beautiful yet innocent sister, Daenerys.
I am flying through these graphic novels! What I have been tending to do is reading up to the point where the graphic novel stops in the actual novel, and then reading the graphic novel to get a more visual representation of what is happening in the story and it’s helping so much!
This particular section of the book that the graphic novel covers was kind of slow going for me anyways, so to see it come to life through these beautiful drawings and pictures was really special. I really like that the graphic novel is staying very close to the novel (unlike the TV show) and is showing the true personalities of all the characters (not an easy thing to do considering that there is so many of them!).
I am hesitant to start the next one since I have not read that far in the novel yet, but I am so excited to see how the characters will look and act in the next book! Also, can’t wait to buy these and own them for myself because as I sad before they are stunning! Again, really well done.