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When dealing with a masterpiece, only the best will do. That’s why writer Daniel Abraham and illustrator Tommy Patterson were chosen to adapt George R. R. Martin’s beloved fantasy classic A Game of Thrones as a graphic novel. And as anyone who has read the previous two collected volumes of the ongoing series can attest, the result has been a stunning tour de force faithful When dealing with a masterpiece, only the best will do. That’s why writer Daniel Abraham and illustrator Tommy Patterson were chosen to adapt George R. R. Martin’s beloved fantasy classic A Game of Thrones as a graphic novel. And as anyone who has read the previous two collected volumes of the ongoing series can attest, the result has been a stunning tour de force faithful in every respect to its brilliant original.   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.


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When dealing with a masterpiece, only the best will do. That’s why writer Daniel Abraham and illustrator Tommy Patterson were chosen to adapt George R. R. Martin’s beloved fantasy classic A Game of Thrones as a graphic novel. And as anyone who has read the previous two collected volumes of the ongoing series can attest, the result has been a stunning tour de force faithful When dealing with a masterpiece, only the best will do. That’s why writer Daniel Abraham and illustrator Tommy Patterson were chosen to adapt George R. R. Martin’s beloved fantasy classic A Game of Thrones as a graphic novel. And as anyone who has read the previous two collected volumes of the ongoing series can attest, the result has been a stunning tour de force faithful in every respect to its brilliant original.   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.

30 review for A Game of Thrones: The Graphic Novel, Volume Three

  1. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    OH! SHIT JUST GOT REAL! Everything that had been building up in the past two volumes broke wide open in this one, and now all that's left to do is watch the chips fall down. Excellent story with great pacing! The art will (again) probably be a deterrent for a lot of people, but I'm used to it so... I gobbled this up a few nights ago and I'm still excited about the story. It's almost making me want to start reading the books, but I'm just not sure if I'm mentally there yet. That's a huge OH! SHIT JUST GOT REAL! Everything that had been building up in the past two volumes broke wide open in this one, and now all that's left to do is watch the chips fall down. Excellent story with great pacing! The art will (again) probably be a deterrent for a lot of people, but I'm used to it so... I gobbled this up a few nights ago and I'm still excited about the story. It's almost making me want to start reading the books, but I'm just not sure if I'm mentally there yet. That's a huge commitment, George, and I'm just not sure if I'm willing to tie myself down like that. I really wish we could just compromise with more of these graphic novels but it looks like you're taking your sweet time putting the next one out. *sighs* Ok, so several characters get the old heave-ho in this one, and if I remember correctly a couple more will be gone by the end of the next volume. *nervously rubs cover of next volume* *puts on big girl panties* Alright. Bring it on, Martin!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Manisha

    I am impressed by the storytelling in this edition. Having read the book, I appreciate how difficult it is to compress all that information and tell a story, while trying to keep a pace first time readers into the universe can understand. I admit that there are parts that are missing, but the gist of the story remains. Although I'm not a huge fan of some of the artwork, I love seeing some of the more true-to-book artistic adaptations that failed to translate onto the tv screen.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Tova

    Happy Birthday to {Regina} George Richard Raymond Martin. You may be satan but you know how to write books that change my life. I'll give you that much credit. -------- First page we get this art of The Tower of Joy Flashback: 1. This art is pretty darn epic 2. The Kingsguard are as follows: The guy with the feather armor and Bat-helmet (Sir Oswell Whent) The white bull guy (Lord Commander Sir Gerold Hightower ) and Sir Arthur Dayne, The Sword of Morning and possibly the best swordsman alive (or Happy Birthday to {Regina} George Richard Raymond Martin. You may be satan but you know how to write books that change my life. I'll give you that much credit. -------- First page we get this art of The Tower of Joy Flashback: 1. This art is pretty darn epic 2. The Kingsguard are as follows: The guy with the feather armor and Bat-helmet (Sir Oswell Whent) The white bull guy (Lord Commander Sir Gerold Hightower ) and Sir Arthur Dayne, The Sword of Morning and possibly the best swordsman alive (or once alive, I should say) 3. Since Oswell Whent's symbol is a bat and he was known for his 'dark humor' I'm going to call him Batman (and I mean his symbol just happens to be a bat. Don't tell me that not perfect) 4. Gerold Dayne has this really cool bull helmet and white armor ( a la mode Kingsguard ) but there isn't really an explanation other than he has white armor, cape and a white bulls head helmet (that is pretty much as cool if not cooler than The Hound's helmet - I found this forum: arguing about that fact. He is wearing a white cloak and white armor. Is this that "white" means? But other six KG also are like that. Why only him " white bull"? Can this mean his hair color? Alerie his grand niece does have silver hair. Maybe he has that too. And "bull" means he is tall and strong? He is from house Hightower I feel it is better to call him "white tower" if he is tall and strong. Do we have some texts explaining this? But I think it has to do with the fact that he is strong and wears white and has a bull- helmet. But please someone tell me he is a Taurus. He better be a Taurus (Because I'm a Taurus). My point is is helmet reminds me of The Minotaur. - That long rant proves that The Tower of Joy is really: Batman, The Minotaur and Arthur Dayne V.S Ned Stark ( Don't even try arguing with me EVERYONE IS THIS BOOK IS SO UGLY THO (even Robb, Jon, and Viserys ) Khal Drogo and Arthur Dayne's are the exception. I mean I can't tell Sansa and Cat apart.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Avinash

    This is probably the most interesting quarter of game of thrones with lot of revelations, turns & twists. (view spoiler)[Tyrion's trial by combat, Ned's conclusion about Robert's heirs, Robert's death, Ned's imprisonment, the confirmation of OTHERS on wall & the attack on Daenerys are few examples of many interesting events in this volume. (hide spoiler)] These events set the pace for the awesome climax of 1st novel and the graphic novel team did their best to adapt it in this medium. So This is probably the most interesting quarter of game of thrones with lot of revelations, turns & twists. (view spoiler)[Tyrion's trial by combat, Ned's conclusion about Robert's heirs, Robert's death, Ned's imprisonment, the confirmation of OTHERS on wall & the attack on Daenerys are few examples of many interesting events in this volume. (hide spoiler)] These events set the pace for the awesome climax of 1st novel and the graphic novel team did their best to adapt it in this medium. So story wise 5 stars. Tommy's artwork is consistent throughout the series but I still feel that his best work was in volume 1, same is the case with bonus stuff. I believe they only took it seriously in volume 1, since then it's more forced and less entertaining with every next volume. This time it was all about characters artwork. I love all the flashbacks portrayal even though each one of them had only 2 or 3 panels but they were very interesting. You read them in the books but they were not in TV series until season 5/6. I think because of these things the TV series fan will enjoy these graphic novels, specially those who haven't read the novels. They can always expect to catch something new and interesting. 4.5 Stars

  5. 5 out of 5

    Ivy

    5 stars Enjoyed this third graphic novel adaptation of A Game of Thrones. The characters still look good and stuff. Can't wait to read A Game of Thrones: The Graphic Novel, Vol. 4!!! Who's excited for Game of Thrones season 7?

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    My only guess is that a lot of people felt the same way I did about the first one so they changed some stuff up. The dialogue in this one stuck much closer to the original book, which was nice. They also did a better job identifying the key scenes of the book to pick out and move the story along. Lastly, the women don't all look like half naked whores, which is a huge improvement in the art. However, everyone still seems to have only one expression: angry eyebrow. The women all have porn star My only guess is that a lot of people felt the same way I did about the first one so they changed some stuff up. The dialogue in this one stuck much closer to the original book, which was nice. They also did a better job identifying the key scenes of the book to pick out and move the story along. Lastly, the women don't all look like half naked whores, which is a huge improvement in the art. However, everyone still seems to have only one expression: angry eyebrow. The women all have porn star mouths which seem to be constantly open, too. So, while not as offensive, still not fantastic. I can't believe they couldn't get a better team for these.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Travis Duke

    Good stuff if you're a fan of "a song of ice and fire". The writing is great because it has the essence of the writing from the book in vocabulary and style. The art is pretty good it is consistent and clear but I almost wish it had more of a darker style to match the story (after all it is filed under adult). I like to read these in place of re-reading the novels, plus the art is a fun way to see characters you have forgotten about or aren't really featured on the show. Vol 3 is still book 1 Good stuff if you're a fan of "a song of ice and fire". The writing is great because it has the essence of the writing from the book in vocabulary and style. The art is pretty good it is consistent and clear but I almost wish it had more of a darker style to match the story (after all it is filed under adult). I like to read these in place of re-reading the novels, plus the art is a fun way to see characters you have forgotten about or aren't really featured on the show. Vol 3 is still book 1 which if you're a fan is cool but a casual reader you might be turned off from.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    I've already covered my dislike of the way Tommy Patterson draws these characters in my reviews of Vols. 1 & 2, so I won't repeat myself here, but regardless, this continues to be an excellent adaptation of the first novel in Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire. There is one more volume to follow, which of course I will also be reading.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sean Barrs the Bookdragon

    This is another great medium to experience A Song of Ice and Fire, other than the books and the TV show, Game of thrones. This volume comprises of the events that occur in roughly the second to last quarter of the first book, A Game of Thrones. Some of the artwork is fantastic. The iron throne is a much more dramatic representation than the one depicted in the TV show and so much closer to the one in the books. Moat Calin is drawn excellently along with parts of the Eyrie. However, the This is another great medium to experience A Song of Ice and Fire, other than the books and the TV show, Game of thrones. This volume comprises of the events that occur in roughly the second to last quarter of the first book, A Game of Thrones. Some of the artwork is fantastic. The iron throne is a much more dramatic representation than the one depicted in the TV show and so much closer to the one in the books. Moat Calin is drawn excellently along with parts of the Eyrie. However, the characters are not as good. There seems to be several characters that look just like Ned. There is Eddard himself, a random Lannister guard, a nights watchmen and a dead weight, Jaffer Flowers. This would be very confusing if you had not read the books, you’d think Ned was all over the place. And all the women seem to have the same face, some fatter than others and with different hair styles. That being said the Hound looks great, the concept art on the front of each issue is just awesome in particular those of the King’s guard. This is a must have companion to the series though I would not recommend it if you have not read the books or at the very least watched the first season of the television show. I look forward to the fourth volume coming out; this is just enough, each year, to remind me of the excellence of the books and keep me excited for Winds of Winter!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Cami

    Better than volume 2, by a lot. I guess it's better because Ned finally figured out why Jon Arryn died (view spoiler)[ though he still confronted Cersei about it. How does that even make sense? Confronting the person's whose secret you've found out and telling that (evil) person you know! No wonder he didn't past the first book. (hide spoiler)] Ned just can't handle the game of thrones. On a side note, Sansa still believes that Joffery is in love with her. I don't know if it's "love" that blinds Better than volume 2, by a lot. I guess it's better because Ned finally figured out why Jon Arryn died (view spoiler)[ though he still confronted Cersei about it. How does that even make sense? Confronting the person's whose secret you've found out and telling that (evil) person you know! No wonder he didn't past the first book. (hide spoiler)] Ned just can't handle the game of thrones. On a side note, Sansa still believes that Joffery is in love with her. I don't know if it's "love" that blinds her, but Sansa has seen Joffery up front. Why the hell would you want to marry that? (view spoiler)[ And just to wrap a few things: Arya found an art in killing people (I feel like Syrio is going to come back in the show because we never saw him die and the second rule of Game of Thrones is: Never assume someone is dead until you see them decapitated or their very last breath leave their body.), Robb grew a beard (which makes him look like his fat aunt Lysa, and Ned is going to die in the next volume. (hide spoiler)]

  11. 4 out of 5

    Camilla

    3.5 stars.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan Maas

    Very good !

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jamie Connolly

    These are great adaptations. True to the books and the art is consistent. At this point I've decided to continue the graphic novels to the end. Reading the books first though when/if they ever come out. Graphic version is great, but much like the television show, it's not the books. 4 stars.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    I don't know if I can handle the next volume. I don't think I can brace the character death's again. I love re-experiencing the series because now I can connect who did what. Janos Slynt who used to the Lord Commander of the City Watch is a Night's Watch member. Ser Barristan Selmy was Lord Commander before him but was forced to resign by Joffrey (little shit). The list goes on but I literally can remember everything.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jenna

    Didn't truly feel like this added much to the actual GoT universe, but I would have to see if non-book readers enjoyed it more than I. Still dislike the drawing style, which looks a bit similar to that in the early Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys adaptations, before they became more manga-influenced and, in my opinion, much more impactful and emotive. Turns out there is only one volume left. I wonder if they'll adapt the rest of ASoIaF...

  16. 5 out of 5

    Dimitra

    Beautiful! Amazing! Gorgeous illustrations with great details and great script! It was so much fun to read!!! I also loved the "making-of" part at the end. Awesome graphic novel, well done to everyone involved!!!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jen • Just One More Page

    This review is also posted on my blog. (view spoiler)[This graphic novel proves, once again, how interesting of a take the ASoIaF story is when presented in this format. You get a much better visual of what’s going on with the illustrations, and a much more accurate idea of what Martin had in mind than the TV show. Plus, after going so long without watching the show, it’s much easier for me to accept these presentations of the characters now than it was when I first started the series. This is This review is also posted on my blog. (view spoiler)[This graphic novel proves, once again, how interesting of a take the ASoIaF story is when presented in this format. You get a much better visual of what’s going on with the illustrations, and a much more accurate idea of what Martin had in mind than the TV show. Plus, after going so long without watching the show, it’s much easier for me to accept these presentations of the characters now than it was when I first started the series. This is also a rather enjoyable, much quicker way to re-read the books. That’s all the praise I have. My biggest gripe continues to be the treatment of the women. Of course, the series already has its innate sexism and misogyny and all that BS, but it’s not helped by how the illustrator decided to draw all the women. All their hair is EXACTLY the same bangs-loose-but-not-quite-falling-out look, all their faces look exactly the same, all their lips are deliciously deep red and plump – even Sansa and Dany. 13- and 14-year-olds. And DANY. The PREGNANT 14-YEAR OLD – is drawn as a full-grown woman, and is the most sexualized character in the book. She’s seen naked the most often, and may as well be naked for an entire chapter – one of the TWO she gets – because her nipples are drawn as so erect, they poke RIGHT through her dress, and she may as well be wearing nothing at all. I actually had to look it up – yes, this actually is something that happens with pregnant women. But STILL. I call BS on that excuse. Sansa isn’t treated as much better. She looks JUST like a full-grown woman as well – just with a slightly smaller chest, and shorter than the adults. Otherwise she looks exactly the same as every other woman in the volume. The men, I noticed, are drawn with much more diversity. Differences in eyes, hair, face, jawline, facial hair – everything. Much more variety for them. The ONLY female characters with any ounce of differences to them are Arya, Osha and Lyssa – Arya and Osha because they’re the “masculine” ones, and Lyssa is drawn as fat. Oh, goodie. I have no love for this artist. And I’m tired of having to put up with this shit if I ever want to read comic books. But, I will be picking up the fourth volume, so I can finish the series and see how the final installment of the first book is taken care of. (hide spoiler)]

  18. 4 out of 5

    Fox

    The series continues. While this remains a decent adaptation as far as story, dialogue, and pacing go my problems remain the same. The artwork has not improved over the series of issues, and that makes it a bit difficult to enjoy since the visual is so vital to comics in general. The settings are done well, some of the larger location shots are a pleasure, but the animals and characters are lackluster to the point of alternating disgust and unintentional comedy. Ghost, in particular, is pretty The series continues. While this remains a decent adaptation as far as story, dialogue, and pacing go my problems remain the same. The artwork has not improved over the series of issues, and that makes it a bit difficult to enjoy since the visual is so vital to comics in general. The settings are done well, some of the larger location shots are a pleasure, but the animals and characters are lackluster to the point of alternating disgust and unintentional comedy. Ghost, in particular, is pretty ridiculous. Comics would be a great alternative adaptation to the television show, as they can keep in many of the plot points that the show needed to sacrifice due to the medium. However, even with the addition of certain characters and events that the show needed to cut out... the art just doesn't make reading these much of a pleasure.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kristina

    Such a great story and very well adapted to comic book format. The "Making Of" sections in the back are full of insight and interesting info on their creation as well.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Whitney Stanfield

    I am a huge GRRM fan so this book was right up my alley. ThecClassic story with amazing illustrations.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Ben Mariner

    You know what was super unnecessary? Seeing Hodor's insanely and inexplicably long penis.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Thomas Edmund

    In some respects, a Game of Thrones graphic novel is a strange thing - I'm not surprised that one has been published - but it seems an awkward challenge to create a piece that adds to the story without just piggybacking on the already successful show and books. Anyways - since this was the only volume available at the library and I'm already pretty family with both books and television, I could get away with diving into volume 3... So the first obvious benefits of the comic medium is the chance to In some respects, a Game of Thrones graphic novel is a strange thing - I'm not surprised that one has been published - but it seems an awkward challenge to create a piece that adds to the story without just piggybacking on the already successful show and books. Anyways - since this was the only volume available at the library and I'm already pretty family with both books and television, I could get away with diving into volume 3... So the first obvious benefits of the comic medium is the chance to image Martin's world without the constraint of sets, actors, budgets etc - and this is probably the biggest draw of the graphic novel. I was great to see some of the characters re-imagined more closely to the visual descriptions from the books. Some of the relationships and dynamics seemed different to the show, such as Tyrion and Bronn being a little more standoff-ish, Tyrion appearing less humble than on the show, these differences served to keep the comic interesting. It was also great to see some aspects of the books, that had been omitted from the show, displayed in the graphic novel - Ned's dreams for example - the comic medium certainly enhanced some aspects of the story that were harder to follow in the books. There were some drawbacks I thought, Martin's dialogue slots brilliantly into any format, however I felt the narration was a bit stunted, shortened as it was for comic form, just occasionally I also felt the artwork fell flat, one panel in particular was filled entirely with Drogo's grimace making him look like a children's cartoon character. Overall however the art was great. In summary certainly enough to encourage me to hunt down the rest of the series, it is hard to imagine anyone other than strong fans picking these up, although they do provide an easier read than the books, so recommended for fans of the show who want to extend their reading but aren't game enough for the tomes.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Fables&Wren

    WrensReads Review: Honestly I have nothing new to say about these graphic novels. The story is the same, so if you don’t like boobs and a thousand characters to remember, then I would say the graphic novels aren’t for you. The art is pretty, but like too pretty in my opinion. Everyone looks like a model when most of the people are supposed to be having some weird look to them. Like Aria is supposed to be mistaken for a boy all the time. And the women are unrealistically skinny and perky. Idk, It WrensReads Review: Honestly I have nothing new to say about these graphic novels. The story is the same, so if you don’t like boobs and a thousand characters to remember, then I would say the graphic novels aren’t for you. The art is pretty, but like too pretty in my opinion. Everyone looks like a model when most of the people are supposed to be having some weird look to them. Like Aria is supposed to be mistaken for a boy all the time. And the women are unrealistically skinny and perky. Idk, It just wasn’t for me. I’m glad other people enjoy them though. This will be my review for volume 02 – 04. I don’t feel like trying to say the same thing but differently three times. WrensReads | Goodreads | Twitter | Instagram

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sandra Girard-Demontigny

    Like the previous books , I loved reading it. I can't wait to read the next since it ended badly , so I 'm anxious to know what will happen afterwards. nothing goes well for anyone . (view spoiler)[ Lannister is held hostage by Lady Stark, Bran is attacked by deserters from the night guard , Robert, no longer wants to be Ned the king's hand etc. (hide spoiler)] I look forward to see if there will be more positivism in the next book :) Tout comme les livres précédents, j'ai adoré lire celui-ci. Like the previous books , I loved reading it. I can't wait to read the next since it ended badly , so I 'm anxious to know what will happen afterwards. nothing goes well for anyone . (view spoiler)[ Lannister is held hostage by Lady Stark, Bran is attacked by deserters from the night guard , Robert, no longer wants to be Ned the king's hand etc. (hide spoiler)] I look forward to see if there will be more positivism in the next book :) Tout comme les livres précédents, j'ai adoré lire celui-ci. J'ai vraiment hâte de lire le prochain puisqu'il finit très mal, donc j'ai hâte de savoir ce qui va se passer par la suite. plus rien ne va pour personne dans ce roman graphique. (view spoiler)[ Lors Lannister qui est pris en otage par Lady Stark, Bran qui se fait attaqué par des déserteurs de la garde de nuit, Robert qui ne veut plus de Ned comme étant la main du roi etc. (hide spoiler)] J'ai hâte de voir s'il y aura plus de positivisme dans le prochain tome :)

  25. 4 out of 5

    Natalie

    A fun addition to the Game of Thrones franchise, this graphic novel adaptation was a great way for me to spend some down time while I wait for the next book. Closely following the major plot points of the novels, the graphic novel sums up the books relatively well. The architectural/landscape panels are breathtaking. They're well-drawn and perfectly colored. I love them! The downside, of course, is that the graphic novel must simplify and cut the story for space reasons - it would go on forever A fun addition to the Game of Thrones franchise, this graphic novel adaptation was a great way for me to spend some down time while I wait for the next book. Closely following the major plot points of the novels, the graphic novel sums up the books relatively well. The architectural/landscape panels are breathtaking. They're well-drawn and perfectly colored. I love them! The downside, of course, is that the graphic novel must simplify and cut the story for space reasons - it would go on forever if it included every detail. Reading it with no background in the series would probably be confusing. Though I love the artist's attention to landscape detail, I don't find the drawings of girls very compelling - particularly Arya, who could be eight or 15 or 20 based on how she's drawn (not to mention how feminine she looks - too much like Sansa, for me - despite being both a child and a tomboy). Overall, though, I enjoyed it. I'll definitely look for the next volume.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Hans

    George R.R. Martin has created quite the compelling universe and despite its largesse he still maintains a clear focus on careful character development. He never loses sight of the central importance of inter-personality friction and relationship drama. The more intimately the reader gets to know each character the more they find themselves relating to them, even the so called "villains". Though most initially find themselves sympathizing with the House Stark as the "Good" guys, the author soon George R.R. Martin has created quite the compelling universe and despite its largesse he still maintains a clear focus on careful character development. He never loses sight of the central importance of inter-personality friction and relationship drama. The more intimately the reader gets to know each character the more they find themselves relating to them, even the so called "villains". Though most initially find themselves sympathizing with the House Stark as the "Good" guys, the author soon throws his characters into morally ambiguous situations that challenge their central values. Thus, this fall from grace of the Starks makes one realize that the members of the other houses are truly not much different even though they readily accept moral ambiguity whilst the Starks try to reject it by keeping everything black and white.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sam

    This action packed third volume finds enemies becoming friends and friends becoming enemies (and some enemies becoming worse enemies) as Stark finds himself surrounded by those without his best interests a heart, some he knows but many he doesn't and of course he still has his feud with the Lannisters to worry about. We also find out a lot more about Tyrion Lannister as he tries to find his father in order to seek his revenge but in doing reveals more about his past and his genius than was known This action packed third volume finds enemies becoming friends and friends becoming enemies (and some enemies becoming worse enemies) as Stark finds himself surrounded by those without his best interests a heart, some he knows but many he doesn't and of course he still has his feud with the Lannisters to worry about. We also find out a lot more about Tyrion Lannister as he tries to find his father in order to seek his revenge but in doing reveals more about his past and his genius than was known to date. The densities of Snow in the North and Targaryen across the Narrow Sea also develop further hinting more troubles and turmoil to come. Add to this the no holds barred style of illustration this is a superb volume, now I just need to hunt down the fourth!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kelsey Hanson

    This going to sound a bit redundant. I still love Gsme of Thrones and thought the textual adaptation was good but darn it I still don't like the artwork. In addition to weird angles, the characters in this edition are posed really weird. It's like the author doesn't really know what to do with their arms so he just has the characters hold them up. In addition they also some weird expressions in this one too. Mostly "mad" faces when I think he was trying to achieve serious. The use of light is This going to sound a bit redundant. I still love Gsme of Thrones and thought the textual adaptation was good but darn it I still don't like the artwork. In addition to weird angles, the characters in this edition are posed really weird. It's like the author doesn't really know what to do with their arms so he just has the characters hold them up. In addition they also some weird expressions in this one too. Mostly "mad" faces when I think he was trying to achieve serious. The use of light is also pretty irritating because it is so dark at times that the artistry can muddled. There's one more book to this series. I might read it once my library gets it but I wouldn't cry too hard if I missed it.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Robert

    Each of the media (audiobook, television show, novel, and graphic novel) I have consumed of this story has been most enjoyable for the inherent strengths w/which the particular medium conveys. This graphic novel volume is one of my favorite of them all, and "the Making of Game of Thrones" addition after the story is the biggest reason why. The explanation of the cataloging and management of the many different faces in the graphic novel adaptation was an excellent lesson on project management and Each of the media (audiobook, television show, novel, and graphic novel) I have consumed of this story has been most enjoyable for the inherent strengths w/which the particular medium conveys. This graphic novel volume is one of my favorite of them all, and "the Making of Game of Thrones" addition after the story is the biggest reason why. The explanation of the cataloging and management of the many different faces in the graphic novel adaptation was an excellent lesson on project management and how to deliver consistency on an extremely difficult-to-produce yet consistently high quality product.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sharlene

    This book is where the twists of the story are coming out. SPOILER ALERT: The King dies. The Hand gets thrown in a cell for treason. Catelyn loses the imp because of her sister. Winterfell is being left almost defenceless. Sansa needs to pull her head in. Arya is on her own. I love GoT. I really need to read the rest of the series. Hoping that once I've finished the GoT graphic novels, I will be in a better place to pick up book 2. Maybe I should watch the TV show too. I hear it's pretty epic.

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