Series: A Song of Ice and Fire #1
Published by Bantam Spectra on 1996-08-06
Genres: Fantasy & Magic
Summers span decades. Winter can last a lifetime. And the struggle for the Iron Throne has begun.
As Warden of the north, Lord Eddard Stark counts it a curse when King Robert bestows on him the office of the Hand. His honour weighs him down at court where a true man does what he will, not what he must ...and a dead enemy is a thing of beauty.
The old gods have no power in the south, Stark's family is split and there is treachery at court. Worse, the vengeance-mad heir of the deposed Dragon King has grown to maturity in exile in the Free Cities. He claims the Iron Throne.
I’ve been haring about the Song of Ice and Fire series and seeing Game of Thrones and George R.R. Martin memes for a long time, but it never really seemed like my type of book, and the sheer size of the books intimidated me. However, after hearing about it for so long, getting it on sale, and getting a few friends to do a read-along with me, I decided to give it a chance.
At the time of writing, I am almost a month out since finishing, and I still am unsure about how to rate A Game of Thrones. I experienced many different emotions, pretty much the whole spectrum, that it’s really hard to pin one down.
I will say that I’m glad I read A Game of Thrones as part of a read-along. Knowing that I only had to tackle a few chapters per week really helped with the intimidation. It also really helped me not get overwhelmed, especially at the beginning. I’m always a little bit confused when I start a new book or series while I learn the characters and writing style, but George R.R. Martin takes it to a while new level. Aside from the fact that the prologue is completely different from most of the subsequent chapters, there are several different characters that we follow throughout their respective chapters and even more that they interact with. Keeping them all straight was a nearly impossible feat. I even took notes! I did eventually get the hang of most of the characters, if only the more important ones.
A Game of Thrones was definitely an interesting read for me. It was so far out of my usual genre and not something I would typically read, but I found myself completely sucked in fairly quickly. That’s not to say that it was always an easy read, though. There were characters that I despised and plenty of scenes that made me uncomfortable, if not downright disgusted. There was also a lot more description that I prefer, but I tended to just skim those sections. Even with all I had previously heard about George R.R. Martin, I was shocked several times throughout A Game of Thrones.
I’m sure while reading this review, it seems like I didn’t like A Game of Thrones, but I did. I just can’t seem to pinpoint exactly what I liked about it. Something just drew me in, and I couldn’t stop reading. I had to know what would happen, and I still need to figure out how I feel about a lot of the characters!
I was already planning on continuing the series, but especially after watching teh first season of the television show (which mostly follows the first book), I am very anxious to see what happens next!