Saturday, 30 May 2015

Book Review - A Game Of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

A Game of Thrones

(A Song of Fire and Ice #1)

Author: George R. R. Martin

Genres: Adult, Fiction, Fantasy.

Published: March 27 2014

Pages: 805 pages (Paperback Edition) (Harper Voyager)

Read: April 2015

Rating: 5 Stars

Summers span decades. Winter can last a lifetime. And the struggle for the Iron Throne has begun. As Warden of the north, Lord Eddard Stark counts it a curse when King Robert bestows on him the office of the Hand. His honour weighs him down at court where a true man does what he will, not what he must ... and a dead enemy is a thing of beauty. The old gods have no power in the south, Stark's family is split and there is treachery at court. Worse, the vengeance-mad heir of the deposed Dragon King has grown to maturity in exile in the Free Cities. He claims the Iron Throne.

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A Game of Thrones is the first book in the high fantasy A Song of Fire and Ice series. It is an adult series revolving around many characters as they face each other and the supernatural to see who will win the Iron Throne.

I picked up this book because of the immense amount of hype surrounding the books and the tv show. Everyone wanted a piece of A Game of Thrones and I questioned on whether I should join this bandwagon or not until I saw the new HarperVoyager covers which sealed the deal. I needed these on my shelves.

A Game of Thrones is a long winding book, story wise. There is a lot of background, explaining and description to this story. So in honesty I felt that the story didn't exactly go as far as I was expecting in such a huge novel but that didn't cause me any problems really as the twists and turns to the story kept me hooked onto the pages. And all the details added to the vividness and the realistic feel that A Game of Thrones had. 

The characters also added a realness to this story. I really connected with many of the characters. But, I have to say that it was daunting at first. As each chapter passed and each one was told by a new character I wondered when we would stop seeing new perspectives. And in the beginning I did lose myself with remembering who was who as names of many people ran across the pages but I soon got over that and I began to know the characters individually and how they were related to each other or where they stood. 

As you can see from the 5 star review, I thoroughly enjoyed A Game of Thrones. It started out creepy, then had action, then became creepy again and ever the more action packed. I honestly cannot even estimate the number of how many people were murdered, killed, or even died in the 800 pages of this book. Speaking of the 800 pages, this book in a monster!! It took me about a month for me to read the full book and the sequel is even longer. I also felt drained after reading this book and had to take a small break from reading afterwards and even a longer break before returning to the series but I expect to be starting A Clash of Kings in the next month. But I also felt accomplished!

I would highly recommend this book for Fantasy lovers and for people who don't get intimidated from big books. I haven't yet seen the tv show so I don't know how well it sticks to the books but if you're like me you'd probably want to read the books anyway first before watching it because really what is the point in reading a book when you know what is going to happen?? It ruins all the fun!

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  1. I read this one during Christmas break. Even though it is a long read, it is an amazing one and I loved it from start to finish. It was hard to get into the multitude of characters, but there will be deaths of major and minor characters. The war element was done well. Everything was just DD: AHMAZING.

    1. Haha I know!! And I can't wait to read A Clash of Kings but I just need a small break first :p