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Review: Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire #1) by George R. R. Martin


A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)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.

















Let me start by saying that this book is the reason I am so far behind on my 2015 reading challenge. When it was suggested to me, I didn't think to check the number of pages. I sat down to read and was drawn into the complex set of characters and intricate plot immediately, and read for hours. Then I checked my progress (on the Kindle) and nearly hit the floor. Hours spent reading and I had barely made a dent in the book. That's when I checked the page count and cursed.  

I probably could have read through this book at a quicker pace, but there is something about a finely tuned plot that demands to be savored. Speed reading would have meant missing much of what makes this book (series) so great. (Although, I will admit I did find myself skipping a few pages about half way through because I just could not stand one character.) 

While I'm sure some people will complain, I have chosen to only touch the surface of this book in my review. Why? Because diving too deep would taint others' opinions if they choose to read it. I have never seen the HBO show, so I had no preformed images in my mind, but I knew instantly which characters I loved and which I loathed. They were so fantastically written, it's hard to put into words. I can see how this series got picked up for a TV show and became an instant hit.

The author is certainly not scared to kill off characters you love either! There were several points in the story that I had to pick my jaw up off the ground. Be ready for plot twists galore.

A Song of Ice and Fire is hands down one of the best high fantasy novels I have ever read. I plan to continue to read the series as I have time (to conquer books of 1,000+ pages each). Hopefully, before I die, I will know how this story ends.








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  1. I LOVED those books, it took me 3 months to read all 5 books in the series which made me feel a little remedial since I usually get through books so quickly but it was worth it! Author did a great job fleshing out the setting and the characters.

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