Publication Date: August 16, 2005
Reviewed by: Amber R.
Here is the first volume in George R. R. Martin's magnificent cycle of novels that includes A Clash of Kings and A Storm of Swords. As a whole, this series comprises a genuine masterpiece of modern fantasy, bringing together the best the genre has to offer. Magic, mystery, intrigue, romance, and adventure fill these pages and transport us to a world unlike any we have ever experienced. Already hailed as a classic, George R. R. Martin's stunning series is destined to stand as one of the great achievements of imaginative fiction.
A Game of Thrones
Long ago, in a time forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons out of balance. 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 center 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.
Here an enigmatic band of warriors bear swords of no human metal; a tribe of fierce wildlings carry men off into madness; a cruel young dragon prince barters his sister to win back his throne; and a determined woman undertakes the most treacherous of journeys. 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 endeavors to win that deadliest of conflicts: the game of thrones.
I started reading this series after I started watching the show this year. I was pleasantly surprised by the story and by the writing style of this author. I have been engrossed in these books for at least two weeks. The books are really long, don't let that deter you. If you haven't read these books you absolutely must.
The book is broken up by different characters. So each chapter is a different character telling their side of the story. At first I wasn't sure if I would like that but I actually do a lot. You get the different perspectives of different characters. It's still really easy to follow too.
The story is amazing. I really can't say enough about it. However, I don't want to say too much. I don't want to give anything away. As I began reading this I easily fell in love with the Starks. I loved all of those characters, especially Jon Snow and Robb. Dany was another favorite character of mine. And I of course, despised the Lannisters. So many twists and turns came from these books, I was constantly surprised. Once I started reading this series, I couldn't stop.
If you haven't read this book yet you definitely should. Then you should read the entire series and you should watch the show. Everything Games is amazing.