Week 4 and I ended up devouring about half of A Game of Thrones in one sitting, which is a bad idea. My perception of reality was a little blurred, having spent so long in a fantasy world. So we’ll try not to do that in the future, kay? Anyway, let’s review this mother of a book!
Title: A Game of Thrones
By: George R. R. Martin
Published by Harper Voyager, 1996, London
In the game of thrones, you win or you die
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 cour. Worse, a vengeance-mad boy has grown to maturity in exile in the Free Cities beyond the sea. Heir of the mad Dragon King, deposed by Robert, he claims the Iron Throne.
Rating on Goodreads: (It was amazing)
Least. Accurate. Description. Ever. Though, when it’s this book, I completely get why it’s so hard to sum up. I, myself, am at a loss as to how I best review this thing.
But well, first things first, let’s talk about writing. I’m not normally too keen on detailed descriptions but dammit if they don’t work for Martin. The scene is set so vividly, I feel I’ve been to Westeros myself. The characters are the most enganging, entertaining characters I’ve experienced since Harry Potter.
And they’re really the most magnificent thing about the book. I feel like they’re old friends now that I’ve read the book – I know their motivations, personalities, their friends and enemies. I care for them and I weep for them, as Mr. Martin apparently doesn’t care who suffers and who dies.
Seeing as I love the characters so much, the story is also so much more appealing and it seems to me there’s everything in this story. I believe I expected endless scenes of wars and battling and though there is wars and battling, it’s not drawn out. And even if I’m not that big on wars in books, they didn’t bother me much in this case. Because in between the wars there are stories of love, friendship, loyalty, betrayal, horror, magic, growing up – everything. To make matters even better, Martin starts out seeming like he’ll comform to fairy tale stereotypes and then he just scrambles your head as the story takes some very unexpected twists and turns. I’m rarely surprised by books but Martin did it. Yeeeah!
It’s pretty much the ultimate fantasy book. Wonderful settings, living and breathing characters, lots of different stories and of course action. I loved the quiet beginning that eases you into the setting and the Stark family and I loved the ending that finished it all off with a bang. I loved the magnificent characters, I loved the unpredictable storyline, the vivid description, I loved Tyrion Lannister!
Eyup, I’m definitely a fan.