A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin

Incredible pacing, structured with short chapters, each chapter either a continuation of the last or marked with a small time jump enough to cover the events skipped .

The story progresses through the perspective of each individual character which is a very interesting approach to story telling.

  • It is hard to take orders from a man you laughed at in your cups
  • “The pups may die anyway, despite all you do.” “They won’t die,” Robb said. “We won’t let them die.”a-game-of-thrones-new-hc
  • The weirwood’s bark was white as bone, its leaves dark red, like a thousand bloodstained hands. A face had been carved in the trunk of the great tree, its features long and melancholy, the deep-cut eyes red with dried sap and strangely watchful. They
  • Hodor the stableboy who smiled so much and took care of his pony and never said anything but “Hodor”
  • “Even if the boy does live, he will be a cripple. Worse than a cripple. A grotesque. Give me a good clean death.”
  • The fall had shrunken him somehow. He looked half a leaf, as if the first strong wind would carry him off to his grave.
  • A mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge
  • Love is sweet, dearest Ned, but it cannot change a man’s nature.
  • Vaes Dothrak was at once the largest city and the smallest that she had ever known
  • In some khalasars, Jhiqui said, the bloodriders shared the khal’s wine, his tent, and even his wives, though never his horses. A man’s mount was his own.
  • Ned had known their faces as well as he knew his own once, but the years leech at a man’s memories, even those he has vowed never to forget
  • No matter how far back Ned searched in the brittle yellowed pages, always he found the gold yielding before the coal.
  • You wear your honor like a suit of armor, Stark. You think it keeps you safe, but all it does is weigh you down and make it hard for you to move.
  • The man who fears losing has already lost
  • A courageous informer would be as useless as a cowardly knight.
  • “I heard of a man who had a razor made of Valyrian steel,” declared Toad. “He cut his head off trying to shave.”
  • We are only human, and the gods have fashioned us for love. That is our great glory, and our great tragedy.
  • In the dawn light, the army of Lord Tywin Lannister unfolded like an iron rose, thorns gleaming.
  • In the city, the only things to run down were rats and cats and scrawny dogs. The pot-shops would give you a fistful of coppers for a litter of pups, she’d heard, but she didn’t like to think about that.
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