Wednesday, 16 January 2013

A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)

Long ago, in a time forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons out of balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. The cold is returning, and in the frozen wastes to the north of Winterfell, sinister forces are massing beyond the kingdom’s protective Wall. To the south, the king’s powers are failing—his most trusted adviser dead under mysterious circumstances and his enemies emerging from the shadows of the throne. At the center of the conflict lie the Starks of Winterfell, a family as harsh and unyielding as the frozen land they were born to. Now Lord Eddard Stark is reluctantly summoned to serve as the king’s new Hand, an appointment that threatens to sunder not only his family but the kingdom itself.

Sweeping from a harsh land of cold to a summertime kingdom of epicurean plenty, A Game of Thrones tells a tale of lords and ladies, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and bastards, who come together in a time of grim omens. Here an enigmatic band of warriors bear swords of no human metal; a tribe of fierce wildlings carry men off into madness; a cruel young dragon prince barters his sister to win back his throne; a child is lost in the twilight between life and death; and a determined woman undertakes a treacherous journey to protect all she holds dear. Amid plots and counter-plots, tragedy and betrayal, victory and terror, allies and enemies, the fate of the Starks hangs perilously in the balance, as each side endeavors to win that deadliest of conflicts: the game of thrones.

First of all, I want to just mention that I absolutely adored this book. At first, I was a little intimidated by the length of it and found the amount of characters a little overwhelming, but found that once I was immersed within the story, I seemed to fly through the novel quicker than I ever could have anticipated and soon knew who everyone was without even thinking about it.
The world building was done so effortlessly that before I even got past the first hundred pages or so, I believed that everything that took place was taking place, and that this perfectly carved world was the one in which I was living.

The characters were another part of this book that I really enjoyed. There was not one character that was merely there; every single person mentioned in the novel came with their own detailed back story and had a part to play. My favourite characters were Arya and Daenerys, whether it be because they were young or that they were particularly feisty, but I was really drawn to them and found myself getting exicted when it came to their chapters.

I also really liked how the chapters changed perspectives; as it is such a long book, without the constant switching and swapping, I would have become bored very easily, so the way it was written helped me get through the book much faster than I thought I would.
Overall, an amazing journrey. 5/5 stars, and a must read for anyone who hasn't picked it up yet!


  1. strid, I must start this series soon. I have only heard great things about it.

  2. "A song of ice and fire" is my favourite series. I'm glad you enjoy it too :>