Friday, March 30, 2012

Book Review: A Game of Thrones - George R.R. Martin



In A Game of Thrones, George R.R. Martin has created a genuine masterpiece, bringing together the best the genre has to offer. Mystery, intrigue, romance, and adventure fill the pages of the first volume in an epic series sure to delight fantasy fans everywhere.

In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. The cold is returning, and in the frozen wastes of 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. 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.
 
4/5 stars (really liked it)
I finally finished it after starting it so long ago.  It was not because it was not a good book but it was so long and I read a few books while I was reading it.  I must admit that I watched the TV show before I started the books.  Although I really did want to read the book before the show started.  Overall I like the books, my favorite characters have to be Jon & Dany.  I can't wait to start the next book to see what happens to these characters and where their story is taking them.  I felt like a lot happened in the last third of the book and I could not put it down.  The book was written so that even if the character's name was not at the beginning of the chapter I could tell who's story it was.  The TV show stayed very true to the book.

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