A Game of Thrones: The Graphic Novel, volumes three and four by Daniel Abraham (adaptor), Tommy Patterson (art), Ivan Nunes (colors), Marshall Dillon (lettering); based on the novels by George R.R. Martin
Date read: 09 August 2016 and 09-10 August 2016
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Hardbacks, 1 volume ea. (unpaged)
Published 2014 by Bantam and 2015 by Bantam
Source: Deschutes Public Library [Graphic Novel GAME OF THRONES V.3 & V.4]
Volume Three contains Issues 13-18 plus “The Making of A Game of Thrones: The Graphic Novel: Volume 3”
Volume Four contains Issues 19-24 plus “The Making of A Game of Thrones: The Graphic Novel: Volume 4”
“In King’s Landing, Lord Eddard Stark of Winterfell, the Hand of King Robert Baratheon, is surrounded by enemies. Some are openly declared, such as Ser Jaime Lannister and his sister, Queen Cersei. Others are hidden in the shadows. Still others wear the smiling mask of friends. But all are deadly, as Eddard is about to discover. Nor is the enmity between Eddard and the Lannister siblings the sole source of friction between these powerful noble families. For Tyrion Lannister, the Imp, whose stunted, twisted body houses the mind of a genius, has but lately won his freedom from Lady Catelyn Stark, Eddard’s wife, who had accused him of attempting to murder her youngest son, Brandon. Now he seeks out his father, his restless thoughts bent on revenge. Far to the north, the bastard Jon Snow, newly sworn to the Night’s Watch, takes the first faltering steps toward a destiny stranger than he could ever dream, a destiny that will bring him face-to-face with unspeakable horrors from beyond the edge of the world. While across the Narrow Sea, Daenerys Targaryen, wed to the great Dothraki warlord Khal Drogo, and pregnant with his child, a son prophesied to conquer the world, will see her own destiny take an unforeseen turn.”
“The kingdom of the Stark family faces its ultimate challenge in the onset of a generation-long winter, the poisonous plots of the rival Lannisters, the emergence of the Neverborn demons, and the arrival of barbarian hordes.”
I find the different lengths of these abstracts/summaries from the WorldCat records hilarious. Volume one and two were the same but reversed; one was real short and two was lengthy like three above [see My review of the first two volumes is here.]
I enjoyed these also and am considering trying the TV series. No way in hell I’m reading all those thousands of pages in the novels though, especially since the dang story isn’t even finished. Had to do a lot of Wikipedia/library catalog poking to suss out what part of the full story, if you will, this was. It seems to be the first book, A Game of Thrones, of the series A Song of Ice and Fire.
I imagine these four volumes are a much more condensed adaptation than the TV show with its seven seasons or whatever. Oh, so only the first season covered the same material. Well then. That might be a good way to get more of the story without committing to all those pages. If I can take the graphic violence.
By the by, I am in no way against thousands of pages for a story, fiction or otherwise, but I am extremely selective, and extremely narrowly so, in choosing anything of that length to deal with. Too many other interests and diversions out there.
Recommended. If you are a fan of the novels and/or the show then have a look to see another take on adapting the same story and, if like me, you are not familiar with either then this provides a great entry.