Winter is coming! … Just kidding… it’s Spring 🙂
A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin is the first in the bestselling A Song of Ice and Fire series and the hit TV adaptation.
“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. ”
Honestly, I never thought I would actually pick up this book. I had always heard about this series for years, but I didn’t really have an interest in it. But, while browsing through my second home (Barnes & Noble 🙂 ), I saw the ‘lil mass paperback version on an endcap and decided to pick it up. Little did I know that it would be the beginning of an obsession…
One thing so far in the series is that you have no clue what is around the corner. This book was 835 pages of non-stop activity. For an adult book, the writing was easy to read. I am a reader that can’t have too many “fantasy” words in order for me to stay in the story, so if I feel like there are too many complicated words to figure out from the author’s head then I begin to feel a little too overwhelmed. This book was not like that which helped me in staying in touch with the characters and story plot.
The characters are very diverse which allowed the story to have depth to it. With a long book such as this, it helped to have all of the point-of-views to see the different perspectives. Many love-hate relationships will begin to form between you and the characters as well. We get to see why they did what they did and the consequences that followed. There are many plot twists that I didn’t expect especially towards the end. Life got real, real quick for them… You’ll see what I mean when you get to those parts.
I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars. Even though this hunk of a book took me awhile to finish, it was a quick read for me. I felt engaged with each of the characters. I will say that this book may be more appropriate for mature audiences. There are a few romance scenes where younger adults may not be suitable for, but it depends on the maturity of the reader.
But all in all, the world was built to where I felt like I could see the plots unfold between the north and south. I liked the concept of winter/summer which I want to see more on how that will play out deeper in the series. If you love young adult fantasy but may be looking for more adult content, I would definitely recommend this book as a transition between young adult and adult books.
More Book Information:
Published: August 2005
Genre: Adult Fantasy
How I Read It: Mass Market Paperback
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