Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
Game Of Thrones is arguably a book that almost everyone has heard of, especially in the bookish community. It is so popular that HBO channel made a T.V. series out of it. There is merchandise in all good bookstores, etsy stores and Amazon that supports fans of this saga. It was a ‘must read’ for all lovers of fantasy and adventure.
I just knew that I had to put it on my #tbr list, and I bought a copy a year ago. Sadly, there it stayed until just last week. Of course I wanted to read it, and it kept winking at me from the shelf. I would see Instagram posts that honored George R.R. Martin and I kept telling myself that I had to pick it up soon. I guess I was a little intimidated by it.
What if I personally didn’t like it?
What if I couldn’t finish the 694 pages?
I felt pressured, by whom? – Myself.
I SO wanted this book to live up to its hype, so I guess I delayed reading it for far too long.
I needn’t have worried. The book was epic in every sense of the word! The plots and sub-plots, the Royal houses, the huge array of characters, each of whom, I had strong feelings for in one way, or another. Every character had a story and a purpose. I was riveted.
The first hundred pages of any book are always a climb in my opinion. By this I mean, it is the creation of the backstory, the stage, and the framework before the real action begins. Some authors can get right into the middle of the action on the first page, but I always give a book the honor of reading the first hundred pages before I mentally calculate whether I’m going to enjoy it or not.
However, with this book you need those first hundred pages to get to know all the characters fully. Each has a story of their own to tell, each has their own cross to bear (some coping with the weight better than others) George R.R. Martin is insisting that you understand why these characters are driven to act the way they do/ Even those that I want to despise have my understanding when they act in ways I really wouldn’t normally be able to comprehend.
I took my time with this book. It refused to be rushed. It is not a book that can be speed read if you want to get the best out of it. You need to fully immerse yourself into the story. This means, no distractions. Hide yourself away in a place where you will be left undisturbed for a couple of hours at a time. Throw yourself into a land where there are Kings and Queens, Knights and Ladies.
The synopsis reads in part:
“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 kingdoms protective wall. At the center of the conflict lies 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”
My take on this:
We first meet the Starks who are a large and close-knit family. They are the Lord and Lady and their children who run Winterfell. Their lives are hard, in the cold, bleak kingdom, but they are at peace and are content until a visit from the King shakes up their formerly happy existence. At once everything changes and will never be the same.
Conflict enters almost immediately, and a breathtaking adventure takes shape. We get to know the King and his family and all their secrets- secrets that will change lives. We see King pitted against King, we see how one wrong move brings the hammer down on all within its reach, and we see how the ripples affect everyone I some way large or small…
But the story is just beginning. This is only book one.
The reader is left with such a major cliffhanger. I really cannot wait to find out where this epic saga will go next. The author leaves us with hope and fear and wonder. I really wish I could say more but you really do need to read this for yourself.
One thing I was determined to do was to read the book before I watched the T.V. show, so last night I settled down to watch the first series. I think it stayed very true to the book, but I’m so pleased that I waited and read it first. I’ll stop watching the show as soon as it catches up to the book, and I will resume watching it once I’ve read the next installment.
I hope that you do pick it up. I highly recommend it. If you have already read Game of Thrones, I’d love to hear what you thought of it. You can comment at the top of the page. You won’t see it immediately as I have to read it first. I hope my review was helpful.
Have a great day.