Monday, April 1, 2013

ReView of A GAME OF THRONES (A Song of Ice and Fire #1) by George R. R. Martin

Genre: Science Fiction Fantasy
Format:  Mass Market Paperback
Length: 837 pages
Publisher: Bantam Publishing
First Published: 1996
Award: Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel (1997)
 *part of The Game of Thrones Read-Along in March 2013*

I have finally read A Game of Thrones.  I loved it!  I enjoyed it more than I thought I would.  I also got myself the audio with it AND I even watched the first season of the HBO show based on the book.  I am thrilled to finally post my review of it.  First, this is what the book is about.

"Kings and queens, knights and renegades, liars, lords and honest men. All will play the Game of Thrones

Summers span decades.Winter can last a lifetime.And the struggle for the Iron Throne has begun.It will stretch from the south where heat breeds plot,lusts and intrigues to the vast frozen north,where a 700-foot wall of ice protects the kingdom from the dark forces that lie beyond. The Game of Thrones. You win,or you die.

Book One of A Song of Ice and Fire begins the greatest fantasy epic of the modern age.

The first volume in the hugely popular and highly acclaimed epic fantasy series, A Song of Ice and Fire. There is passion here, and misery and charm, grandeur and squalor, tragedy, nobility and courage. Now a major Sky Atlantic TV series from HBO, starring Sean Bean." (GoodReads)

The first book is all about the development of the main kingdoms.  The Stark family is the primary focus.  Lady Stark (Catelyn), King Stark, and the siblings, along with the bastard son conceived in an illlegitimate affair, Jon Snow - who is one of my favorite characters at first.

This book is all about the characters, more than it is about the themes, and maybe the rest will be as well.  I began to have ambiguous feelings about Lady Stark at first, thinking she is more of a hard because she has no compassion toward her illegitimate son, Jon, but later towards the book she is a noble, loyal, and supremely strong Queen and mother.  I end up admiring her towards the end of the novel.

Daenerys is one of my favorite characters through the book.  I looked forward to the chapters that involved her transformation from sister slave, to Dothraki Queen - Khalessi.  Alone, she wins the heart of her warrior, and later owns her place and territory as a female leader.  I was rooting for her the whole time, as cheesy as that may sound.

Arya is another one of my favorite characters because she's the unexpected survivor.  She is also unconventional.  While other girls like to dress up and look forward to becoming princesses she knows how to shoot a bow very well and love to learn sword fighting.  I also enjoyed Arya's character because she's the only one who has a true bond with Jon.

Bran is a character I'd like to see develop more thoughtout the rest of the books.  Even though his accident sort of casts him out of the most of the first book, I think he'll play a pivotal role later on, just a gut instinct.

I loved this book.  If you have heard about this book and you wish to know what it's about, don't waste another minute... READ IT!  You can also join us on the read-along of the series.

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