A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin | Mini Book Review

A Game of Thrones, George R.R. Martin
A Game of Thrones, George R.R. MartinA Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

US Release Date: August 6th 1996
Publisher: Bantam

Series: A Song of Ice and Fire #1
Source: Purchased
Paperback, 835 pages
Rating, Three Stars

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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.

Summary from Goodreads


What I liked

  • Multiple point of views. Each chapter is told from one of the eight different characters narrating the story: Eddard Stark, Lord of Winterfell, his wife Lady Catelyn, his son Bran and his bastard son Jon Snow, member of the Night’s Watch, his daughters Sansa and Arya, the dwarf Tyrion Lannister and Daenerys Targaryen, exiled to the land beyond the narrow sea and last of the line of the dragon kings. Some point of views were more interesting than others, but I didn’t find myself wanting to skip a chapter because of the character either. My favourite would be Daenerys Targaryen. Tyrion Lannister is not far, he was really funny.
  • The plot. Set in the fictional world of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros, when Eddard Stark is asked to serve as the Hand of the King for King Robert Baratheon, he’s thrown right in the middle of the war between the realm’s noble families for the Iron Throne while across the narrow sea, the last members of the previous ruling dynasty will stop at nothing to reclaim the throne. At the same time in the North, winter is coming. There are so many intrigues, complex political intrigues! I want to know what’s going to happen next!
  • The world-building.

What I didn’t liked

  • There are so many characters in this book that it can become really really complicated even with the appendix listing all the houses and the characters. I highly recommend watching the TV show before reading the book, it makes everything so much easier. At least, it did for me.
  • At times, when nothing was really happening, the story could be really slow. Being 800+ pages, it was a long read and kind of discouraging, especially in slower parts where I couldn’t see the end of it.

I have to be honest, it took me forever to read A Game of Thrones. According to Goodreads, I started this book June 19 2014…  but maybe it can be explained by the fact that I don’t read a lot of epic fantasy and I don’t often read books with more than 800 pages. Overall, I found it to be a good story and because I ADORE the TV show I will definitely read the next ones to see what happens next. Warnings: lots of sex/nude and swearing!

Writing   1    2    3    4    5  |
World Building   1    2    3   4  5   |
Plot    1    2    3    4    5   |
Characters    1    2    3    4    5 |
Romance   1    2    3    4    5   |

First Line

We should start back,” Gared urged as the woods began to grow dark around them.”

A Song of Ice and Fire Series
A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, George R.R. Martin

A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire #1)
A Clash of Kings (A Song of Ice and Fire #2) [no review]
A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire #3) [no review]
A Feast for Crows (A Song of Ice and Fire #4) [no review]
A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire #5) [no review]
The Winds of Winter (A Song of Ice and Fire #6) [no review]
A Dream of Spring (A Song of Ice and Fire #7) [no review]
Untitled (A Song of Ice and Fire #8) [no review]

A Feast for Crows, A Dance of Dragons, George R.R. Martin


Author’s Info:
George R.R. MartinGeorge R. R. Martin is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of many novels, including the acclaimed series A Song of Ice and Fire—A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, A Feast for Crows, and A Dance with Dragons. As a writer-producer, Martin has worked on The Twilight Zone, Beauty and the Beast, and various feature films and pilots that were never made. He lives with the lovely Parris in Santa Fe, New Mexico. From the publisher.

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