Today I am reviewing a very popular book, „A Game of Thrones” by George R. R. Martin. If you aren’t sure if you want to pick it up or not, keep on reading.
A Song of Ice and Fire book 1: A Game of Thrones
Publisher: Published March 4th 2011 by Bantam
In A Game of Thrones, George R.R. Martin has created a genuine masterpiece, bringing together the best the genre has to offer. Mystery, intrigue, romance, and adventure fill the pages of the first volume in an epic series sure to delight fantansy fans everywhere.
In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. The cold is returning, and in the frozen wastes of the north of Winterfell, sinister and supernatural forces are massing beyond the kingdom’s protective Wall. At the center of the conflict lie the Starks of Winterfell, a family as harsh and unyielding as the land they were born to. Sweeping from a land of brutal cold to a distant summertime kingdom of epicurean plenty, here is a tale of lords and ladies, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and bastards, who come together in a time of grim omens. Amid plots and counterplots, tragedy and betrayal, victory and terror, the fate of the Starks, their allies, and their enemies hangs perilously in the balance, as each endeavors to win that deadliest of conflicts: the game of thrones.
What did I love about this book?
The different perspectives were definitely one of my favourite aspects about this book. George Martin knows how to make each character’s voice unique and interesting. My favourite perspective has to be Daenerys’s even though she said little in this book. I just loved her as a person, a 13 year old who has to act as a grown-up woman all the time. She and her brother, Viserys, are the only ones alive from the House Targaryen. All of the people from their House died in the War (you will learn more in the book) and, 17 years later, they want to get it back, but they need an army. Viserys marries Daenerys to Khal Drogo, a powerful man from the Dorhatki. That’s when the interesting part of Daenerys’s chapters stars but you have to read the book to find out more.
Also, I loved Ned’s perspective. Eddard Stark is the Lord of Winterfell who is called by the king, Robert Baratheon, in the South to be the king’s Hand (as the previous one, Jon Arryn, died). The Stark House is my favourite one. There are Eddard and Catelyn and their children: Robb, Sansa, Arya, Bran and Rickon, but there is Jon Snow also. He is Ned’s bastard who lives with them at Winterfell. The family is going to part ways once Ned leaves south and it’s not going to be a happy time.
The writing was another reason why I loved this book. George Martin managed to create a very complex world with a lot of characters and still it wasn’t boring (at least for me). As always, I am going to list some quotes so you can get a sneak peek at the writing style:
“… a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge.”
“Never forget what you are, for surely the world will not. Make it your strength. Then it can never be your weakness. Armour yourself in it, and it will never be used to hurt you.”
“Fear cuts deeper than swords.”
“Some old wounds never truly heal, and bleed again at the slightest word.”
“The man who passes the sentence should swing the sword. If you would take a man’s life, you owe it to him to look into his eyes and hear his final words. And if you cannot bear to do that, then perhaps the man does not deserve to die.”
“And I have a tender spot in my heart for cripples and bastards and broken things.”
“Laughter is poison to fear.”
“Ned was clad in a white linen doublet with the direwolf of Stark on the breast; his black wool cloak was fastened at the collar by his silver hand of office. Black and white and grey, all the shades of truth.”
One last reason I loved this book is that it was fast paced and action pacted. Yes, it took me 3 weeks to read but not because I didn’t enjoy it, but because I didn’t want it to end. I’m telling you, once you enter this amazing world it’s very hard to leave. “When you play a game of thrones you win or you die.”
If you think about picking this book up, please do. It’s amazing. You will love it. Let me know which House is your favourite! Team Stark all the way for me!
Just a little spoilers section.
SPOLIERS! LEAVE NOW IF YOU HAVEN’T READ IT!
Okay so I just wanted to express my anger about something. George Martin doesn’t like good people. I understood. How can he dare to kill Ned? I was so sad and shocked!! Ned was one of my favourite characters, after Daenerys. Oh, and Khal Drogo. ARE YOU KIDDING ME GEORGE MARTIN?!! Okay we are moving past that. THE CHILD. WHAT? He killed Ned. It was VERY sad. He killed Khal Drogo. I can deal without him. BUT THE CHILD? SERIOUSLY? Sorry for this little talk right here I just finished the book an hour ago so my emotions are still very fresh.
Talk to you soon!