Title: A Game of Thrones (A Song of Fire and Ice #1) written by George R.R. Martin
Genre: Fiction – Fantasy
Published by Bantam Books
Page count: 807 (there is also an appendix at the back of the book which comes in handy with remembering characters and their lineage and remembering which houses they belong to which is vastly important!)
Rating: 5/5 – It was amazing!!!
Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge #18
It seems that the long summer is coming to an end and Winter is coming…will the seven kingdoms be prepared for it?
After the unfortunate and suspicious death of the hand of the King, Lord Eddard Stark of Winterfell is named as Hand of the King, by his long time friend and “brother” King Robert Baratheon himself. Ned (Eddard Stark) is obligated to leave his family in his home in the North at Winterfell and travel to King’s Landing with the King to handle the affairs of the kingdom (which basically means to rule the Kingdom while the king sleeps his way through every brothel and parties).
Strange things are going on around the seven kingdoms of Westeros that haven’t been witnessed for so long because of the persistence of the long summer. Older residents of the kingdom are convinced that summer is coming to an end and the kingdom is in for a rude awaking in, what all the signs point to will be a most savage winter akin to none other experienced before.
The sudden death of the King places the kingdoms into what could only be described as chaos and the Game of Thrones begins. Who will come out the winner and claim the seat of Iron once and for all? I guess we will just have to see!
I seriously can’t even begin to explain how much I love this book. This is one of those most epic of fantasy books that I have now shelved among my top favorite fantasy series in the company of books like Bradley’s Mists of Avalon and Douglasses Starman series. My reading of this series has been a long time coming and I am so happy to have finally embarked on what promises to be an amazing journey. As of today, I have read just this first book and am currently reading the second book in this series so stay tuned for the review of the second book once I finish it. It quite literally took me forever to read this one because of trying to find snippets of reading time between school and work. I’ve been putting in a ton of overtime and the semester is starting to wind down (translation: the semester is ending so I have a ton of school work!). I don’t know if I will reach my goal of 100 books in 2013 but I certainly will try. The girth of the GOT books are daunting as they are all above 800 pages and the average book boasts 200-300 but I promise you it is such a treat and I don’t even care that reading this set me back a few books because its amazingly awesome!
I cannot say enough wonderful things about this book. The storytelling is superb and the story itself is awesome! There is alot of different angles to the story going on here. Every chapter is told to us from a different character, all of whom play very different but essential roles in the story and have very different perspectives on events that transpire which makes for a super interesting and super intriguing story.
This book has everything I could ever want in a read. It has danger, adventure, romance, sexyness, intrigue, betrayal, wonder, fear…just everything. If you have not picked up this series, I urge you to check it out…especially if you are a fan of the fantasy genre. It will not disappoint. If you don’t have the time then I recommend watching the television series at least. I rarely find that television shows or movies can come close to their literary counterparts but this is not the case with the Game of Thrones. It is amazingly close to the story albeit the books have way more content and way much more of a treat but Martin is the executive producer of the show so it has definitely translated wonderfully onto the small screen (which I am so happy about!). 5 out of 5 for this book, Game of Thrones…I love you! I swear that if I ever decide to have children I am naming my daughter Arya…or Kahlan (pronounced Kaylin) from The Sword of Truth series.