A Game Of Thrones (Book Review)
Updated: May 27, 2019
Author: George R. R. Martin
Genre: Political Fiction/ High Fantasy
"In the game of thrones you win or you die." -Cersei Lannister
It's been twenty years since Robert's rebellion and the death of King Aerys Targaryen had occurred, and yet those that were on the winning side seem unable to forget this dark time. Scarred by the war that ensued, lies were built atop the newest King to seat the throne only waiting out the moment that it crumbled beneath him.
A dangerous time has sparked again in Westeros with the death of the hand of the King, Jon Arryn. Robert Baratheon, King of Westeros, first of his name, has set out for the cold north to personally ask Lord Eddard Stark, the Warden of the North, to replace Jon Arryn of the Vale as his hand. Amid the King and his family arriving, strange things begin to occur in Winterfell after Lord Eddard takes the job as hand to King.
Once the Starks go their separate ways, the entire family’s honor becomes tested as Lord Eddard begins investigating the truth behind Jon Arryn’s death revealing a damning secret that changes everything and creating a clash of houses across the continent.
You must choose wisely who you fight with.
Game of Thrones is one of the most exciting reads I’ve had so far this year. That is not because I recently watched the television show for the first time. I genuinely enjoyed all of the twists and turns throughout the story. GoT is also the first novel that I’ve bookmarked things throughout because I caught subtle lines that were paid off further down the road in the television series. Every character in the story has a personality, and they are fleshed out completely, that’s on the top of my list of pros. My second would be the way everyone speaks to each other, so dialogue plays a big part as well. It seems all of the men in power in the book, even at the wall, have an advanced knowledge that they choose not to share with those beneath them.
The only woman with knowledge that plays a big part in the story is Cersei in this first book. Also, I have to say, if book version of Cersei Lannister were in the television show, she would be a lot more exciting as a villain because she is ridiculously untouchable and I don’t know why. Once everything was being pieced together by Ned (Eddard), I realized how foolish Lord Stark was in this entire book. Moreover, maybe he was always like that, he always had a clear answer for every obstacle he encountered, but chose to do the honorable thing, and it wasn’t always best.
Overall, there were essential parts of the books that I thought made the book enjoyable as I recollected the first season of the television show. Moreover, I could honestly sit here and go in depth and detail about the things that I took away, but I hope you go and pick up the book and begin reading it. It is lengthy, but the chapters are not long, you’ll be halfway into the story in no time!
I recommend this book for many reasons, but the biggest is that the story has yet to be finished, even if the last episode of the series is here. I look forward to reading the second volume of the series, A Clash Of Kings.