A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire #1)
Author: George R. R. Martin
Rated G for the gory and glorious, though also unnecessary, joy with playing with swords for a massive chair.
“When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die. There is no middle ground.”
Winter is coming…In a land when summers and winters can last years, there are dark forces of mythical proportions at work, seeking to get past the Wall, which protects the kingdom of Westeros.
The Hand of the King has died. A few believe it to be murder more than accidental. Lord Eddard Stark of Winterfell is summoned by King Robert to serve as the new Hand. He doesn’t have much of a choice. As he takes on the responsibility, being the king voice and such while he’s off being drunk, Eddard Stark uncovers unsettling secrets that could unravel the kingdom. If he hopes to save the kingdom from what could be a devastating war for the great iron throne, he must proceed carefully with what he knows.
Across the sea, in the east, Daenerys Targaryen moves across the land with three sleeping dragon eggs, intent on taking back the iron throne as the original heir to the iron throne.
Tragedy. Betrayal. Victory. Allie. Enemies. A new deadly conflict shrouds the world in a game of thrones.
So, I’ve seen the TV show three times already. Who’s amped up for the final season!? I am! I’m also a weird nervous wreck, wondering how it’ll end. The show is phenomenal and so is the book. I really can’t wait to read the rest.
For me, I’m glad I watched the show before reading the book. As I began reading I realized that if I hadn’t gotten to the show first I wouldn’t have been into the book. It’s so jam-packed that it would’ve been incredibly overwhelming and I would’ve lost interest. I don’t know if anyone else has ever gotten that feeling.
Following multiple POVs the story converges around one specific thing. The iron throne which, in my opinion, equivalates to the one ring to rule them all. It grabs at the greedy part of men everywhere…and women. It’s unsettling, but at the same time, I’m feeling like Sméagol/Gollum going, “My prrecioous.”.
I was pulled into each of the characters’ individual stories, all of which intertwine in one way or another. My favorite characters to follow have to be Arya, Dany, and Jon. Arya is so feisty and wants nothing more than to be a fighter/warrior. Dany has a spark in her that seeks to lead. Whether she’d turn out to be a great leader or one that is feared and dreadful like her father. Jon is the great underdog right now. A bastard that gives his life to the Wall to serve as the commander’s errand boy basically. There’s greatness in him though, and it’s not because of the show that I say that. I see it in the story too.
The imagery was so vivid and breathtaking. It was so powerful that it was almost as if I was there. It is the cusp of a long, and possibly the worst yet, winter. Westeros is on the verge of crumbling into war after the death of the Hand of the King and, later on, the King himself. Tension is thicker than LA smog. While I knew what was coming, I was still shocked to the core.
The differences between the book and the TV show were obvious but didn’t take away from each other at all. They’re both pleasant. Each bit I came across in the book was a pleasant surprise.
I’m so excited to get to the next books. Following each character, I was left biting my nails like a crazy girl. When each chapter ended I couldn’t handle being left hanging. It drove me crazy, but in such a good way. I needed more!
This is top-notch fantasy and it’s only the beginning. No longer am I feeling shaky about reading this series. I’m officially addicted and can’t wait to read the rest of the books. Up on the favorites shelf you go GOT. And I CAN’T WAIT FOR THE FINAL SEASON!
“Remember this, boy. All dwarfs may be bastards, yet not all bastards are dwarfs.” (Tyrion to Jon, p. 57)
“You have a bold tongue, little man. One day someone is like to cut it out and make you eat it.” (Bronn to Tyrion, p. 454)
“Fear cuts deeper than swords.” (p. 541)
“A eunuch has no honor, and a spider does not enjoy the luxury of scruples, my lord.” (Varys to Eddard, p. 633)
“Only death can pay for life.” (p. 806)
More to come soon…
P.S. Song today? Leave My Body by Florence + The Machine.
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