Review: A Game of Thrones

A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

Series: A Song of Ice and Fire

Pages: 864

Genre: Epic Fantasy, Adventure

My Rating:  4/5

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“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 fantasy 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 to the North of Winterfell, sinister and supernatural forces are massing beyond the kingdom’s protective Wall. At the centre 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 endeavours to win that deadliest of conflicts: the game of thrones.”

Now I’m not going to lie, it’s been a few months since I read this book and I’ve started on the second in the series, so I apologize.

Epic fantasies are one of the greatest things to read, in my opinion. They take you on an incredible journey, one away from your own, where you delve into the world of these unforgettable characters.

I’d like to get this off my chest: Winter is coming.

At first, it was a bit slow, nothing too fancy or outstanding, but give it time, I promise it will get better. I like to give things chances, even if they don’t immediately hold my attention, and I’m glad that I did. I fell in love with two of the characters right from the beginning: Arya Stark and Tyrion Lannister. Arya reminded me a lot of myself. She was stubborn and didn’t want to be a lady, she wanted to be free and defied all that stood in her way. And she is pretty smart too, considering she’s such a young girl. Tyrion, what can I say about him? His wits! His lovely, lovely brain! He is portrayed as an incredibly ugly man, ahem, half-man, who has everything working against him. But he is full of cunning wit and sarcasm. I can see how the characters in the book dislike him, but from an outside perspective, he has to be one of the greatest characters I’ve ever read about.

So as we read, we learn that Lord Eddard Stark, or informally, Ned, was chosen to be King Robert’s Hand. King Robert was a seemingly harmless man, though he loved his booze, food, and hunting. Ned has to leave behind his wife, Catelyn; his sons, Robb, Bran, and Rickon; his daughters, Arya and Sansa; and last but not least, his bastard, Jon Snow, who later joins the Night’s Watch, despite being so young.

Jon was another good character. Young but so full of life.

I grew to really like Ned, and was shocked by what ended up happening. Yes, I was a fool, I couldn’t see what was happening right before my own eyes, I thought everything was going to turn for the better.

Joffrey is an ass, there isn’t much more I can say about him, and I feel sorry for Sansa, being betrothed to him. Cersei isn’t much better, and it would seem that all the Lannister’s are some sort of evil, though the Imp is loveable.

I also really grew to love the direwolves. I love the name Nymeria, it has stood out to me. While out, they found 6 direwolves (direwolf being the sigil of the Starks) and one was given to each of Ned’s children, including the bastard. The children trained their wolves and they proved to be the most loyal companions.

So why did I give this book 4/5 stars? Well, I did enjoy it, thoroughly, I did. But the beginning didn’t hook me as much as I would’ve liked, and there were things throughout that weren’t the most appealing. I love the way it was written, almost in Tolkien fashion, and again, big words. I love learning new words, so reading this has extended my vocabulary.

Overall, this was a great book and I’ll definitely be continuing the series. I mean, what’s better than knights, princes and princesses, jousting, and magic?

In the words of Scar, be preeepaaaared!

Enjoy, and happy reading!