A Game of Thrones

This is a review of “A Game of Thrones” by George R. R. Martin. It is the first novel in A Song of Ice and Fire. It is also the inspiration for the awesome tv series “Game of Thrones” which airs on HBO.

Well I know I’ve made out like Lord Walder Frey and arrived late to the action. But I am glad that I arrived at all! I kept putting off watching the series because I wanted to read the books first. But in the end I gave in to the hype and watched Season 1 before reading any of the books. And I LOVED it. I recommend it to anyone and everyone.

This book was awesome. It was just as good as, and even better than the tv series. I don’t know if any review will ever do it justice. It is a book that has to be read and enjoyed. Filled with a myriad of well drawn characters and complex plot lines, it truly is a masterpiece in fantasy fiction.

Lord Eddard Stark rules Winterfell. His territory lies in the far north… well as far north as you can get south of The Wall. At Winterfell it is always cold. And that’s in summer. But as every Stark knows, winter is coming.

Strange happenings have been occurring north of The Wall, a towering barricade that protects the people from, well, from things that come from the North. White walkers (fanciful stories, or something much more sinister?), direwolves, wildlings… The north is dangerous ok? And the Brothers in Black, the Men of The Knight’s Watch need more men. They are thinly scattered across the vast expanse of The Wall and they know they cannot possibly take on a serious threat if one does emerge from the wilderness of the north…

Lord Eddard Stark is quite comfortable where is. He has his family, he has his duty and he has Winterfell. But when his old friend King Robert Baratheon pays him a visit, he knows he’s not going to like what the King has to say. King Robert requests that Lord Stark (Ned to his buddies) come back with him to court at King’s Landing to be the Hand of the King. Ned really would rather not, but cannot think of an honorable way to say no. So off Ned goes with his two daughters in tow to Kings Landing.

Tyrion Lannister is known as the imp. He is a dwarf (not the mining kind, just the short kind). He is brother to the Queen, Cersei, and her twin brother Jaime, Knight of the Kingsguard. He will always put his family first, even if he doesn’t like them very much. Tyrion has a knack of always being present at the wrong time…

Daenerys Targaryen is a Princess. Living in hiding with her older brother Viserys, they are the last known heirs to the lost throne. Their father King Aerys (The Mad King and last of the Dragon Kings) was murdered by The Kingslayer Ser Jaime Lannister. His throne was taken up by Robert Baratheon. The rest of their family was slaughtered, including the heir to the throne, their elder brother Rhaegor. Viserys will stop at nothing to get “his throne” back. He will even trade his sister to the savage Dothraki for an army…

An absolutely awesome book, even having read it after seeing Season 1 of Game of Thrones (thus I knew what was going to happen). Anyone who enjoys the fantasy genre will love this book and this series.

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7 thoughts on “A Game of Thrones

  1. Elizabeth R says:

    I watched the show before reading the books also. I love the way that Martin constantly leaves the reader on the edge of their seat and the story never gets boring or dragged down.

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