An Amateur Book Review – A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

A Game of Thrones is the first book of ‘A Song of Ice & Fire’ by George R. R. Martin. There are 7 books in the collection, soon to be 8. Consent warning; the book does contain strong language, violence and sex. I decided to read this book because I am a huge fan of the show and wasn’t ready to leave the GOT world behind when the final series finished last year.

The story begins in Winterfell, the home of the Stark family, in the North of Westeros. It does not stay here, though, as we go on to meet 1001 more people whose names I have absolutely not remembered. The honourable Lord Eddard Stark agrees to become the hand of the king, following the request of his old friend King Robert (AKA the fat king!). As the saying goes; ‘The King shits and the hand wipes his ass”. Leaving his wife and sons behind, Ned travels south to King’s Landing with his daughters, alongside King Robert’s “delightful” family. (I hope you can sense my sarcasm). Here, he must fulfill his duties as hand, accompanied by the King’s small council. But all too soon his irrefutable honour weighs him down in court. Does he maintain said honour, or do what is best for his family? You and I may see this as a no brainer, but oh no, not Ned Stark. The Starks gets split up. Meanwhile, across the sea, the vengeance-mad heir of the slain Dragon King is in the Free Cities preparing to claim ‘his’ throne with force.

George R. R. Martin creates such a vivid and imaginitive world that is so easy to dive in to. I expected non-stop heavy reading but I was completely wrong and glad to be so! I especially love the way that each chapter is written in 3rd person but through the eyes of just one of the characters. We get to understand their perspective, what they’re thinking and feeling, but don’t miss out on any description of surroundings, allowing the reader to visualise the fantasy world with ease. For this reason, I would recommend any lovers of the show to pick up this book. It unlocks so much more detail around the characters, lands and legacies that the TV show simply couldn’t share with us before.

If you have never watched the TV show and decide to read this book, you are in for a treat (or nightmare if you get attached easily). I would love to reset my brain to be completely clueless about the future of each character and relive the exciting and uterly jaw dropping moments throughout. I envy you!

I would rate this book 7.5/10.

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Thank you for reading,