REVIEW: A Game of Thrones

George R.R. Martin is evil. A genius too. But mainly evil. A Game of Thrones is an endless parade of death and violence, full to the brim with all the brutality you'd expect from a fantasy novel of such epic proportions. The novel is of staggering complexity yet it's intriguing in all senses of the word. In short: it's brilliant. This is book one of a series I won't be stopping (although, I probably need a bit of a rest)… a serious must for fantasy fans.

Author: George R.R. Martin | Publisher: Voyager Books | Pages: 805 | Source: Borrowed 

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.

MY THOUGHTS: This book is ruthless. It's a tour de force of murder and intrigue and, let me tell you something, I could not put it down. The world-building is gradual yet immaculate, each element richly-imagined and alluringly intricate. The characters are dynamic, each full of flaws yet admirable in their own way. The plot is gripping, slowly uncurling into something extraordinary. Even after finishing the book, I had only one thing on my mind: Winter is coming.

“There is only one god and his name is Death. And there is only one thing we say to Death: “Not today.” 

The novel is told with each chapter revolving around the life of a different character, and it continues to alternate between those eight. Perhaps this sounds complex, but, believe me, you'll ease into the flow of things as the novel goes on… or suffer painfully when you think Martin might kill off one of your favourites (because, yes, he take malicious pride in that…)! But, either way, you'll be enthralled into the story – it's difficult not to be. Besides, the characters are wonderful… if a tad twisted and psychopathic at points. Jon Snow, Tyrion Lannister and Arya Stark – being amongst my favourites – are all so different yet undeniably incredible and, beyond all, represent the sheer strength of human spirit.

“Some old wounds never truly heal, and bleed again at the slightest word.” 

The first 300 pages of this novel are dedicated to introducing the characters and the world, but don't be worried about this: the prose and dialogue are that good you'll be hooked nonetheless. All in all, A Game of Thrones is epic fantasy at it's finest – even if it is a tad exhausting.

Favourite Quotations:    
“When the snows fall and the white winds blow, the lone wolf dies but the pack survives.”
“It’s not murder I find amusing, Lord Stark, it’s you. You rule like a man dancing on rotten ice. I daresay you will make a noble splash. I believe I heard the first crack this morning.”
“A mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge.”

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Why? 
Straight from page one you're flung into the midst of something extraordinary. In a fantasy world where summer spans decades and winter can last a lifetime, there's no returning; once you've entered the world, you can't leave easily.


9 comments:

  1. YAY RUBY YAY YAY YAY! I AM SO PLEASED ABOUT THIS SO PLEASED! I know I've said this so much already and raved about this book even though I haven't read it yet. I just need it, okay?
    THE CHARACTERS ALL SEEM AMAZING. I read the sampler on my Kindle this morning and I really love Jon Snow so far.
    i'm going to print this review out and show it to my parents so they'll let me buy it now. I need this book in my life!

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  2. I'm glad you liked it! I haven't read it yet but I love the TV series!

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    1. Haha I haven't seen the TV series but glad you like them!

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  3. So glad you liked this one! It's one of my all time favorite series ever and I plan a reread this year! :)
    Happy reading!

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    1. Glad this is one of your all time favourite series as I can't wait to continue. Hope you like it as much the next time round. :D

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  4. I'm so glad you loved this book! I just finished A Clash of Kings and it was AMAZING! Want to buddy read A Storm of Swords? Hehehehe :)

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    1. YAY, another GoT fan! I'm just about to start A Clash of Kings myself. :)

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  5. Great review, I'm really happy that you enjoyed it. If you thought this book was ruthless just wait until A Storm Of Swords. I just set up my blog (http://leaf-on-the-breeze.blogspot.ie/) and I review lots of adult fantasy books so if you're looking for stuff like A Game Of Thrones you should find some on my blog. I've subscribed to you on Bloglovin;, your blog looks great.

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