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Book Review – A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book One, by George R.R. Martin

May 7, 2011

A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book One is not simply one tale but many tied together in a  complex world.  Honor still exists, though not embraced by all. The book shifts focus between the character  by using a different person as the perspective every chapter. The chapters often end with an exciting twist, new information revealed, and you must wait several suspenseful chapters to learn what happens next in that storyline. With many details characters, their clothing, and weaponry are described. The world is similar to earth in language and culture, yet perhaps different seasonally. The world hosts its own set of terms and slang, although the meanings are easy to pick up.

The book starts off in a relatively calm peaceful world that doesn’t let on to the turmoil soon to come.  No wars in the beginning, just greed and ambition. Soon however, secrets are revealed; no punches are thrown as even important characters can meet their brutal demise at any time.  Violence is not held back. This book is directed towards adults without weak stomachs. The human thoughts and actions are more realistic than most predictable stories. You will often find yourself eyes wide that they would do this to a character you have come to know and how unjust the events were.  A game of thrones is a giant chest game of characters falling into place by other characters often against their knowledge.

The excitement builds and builds, I couldn’t put it down and spent hours trying to reach the next chapter, only to find something even more enthralling next page. I thoroughly enjoyed the characterizations and the plot development, and realism of a new world. The end wrapped up some parts well so that you can breathe for a few days, yet left plenty unanswered questions to lead straight to the next book. I’m afraid at this point I have to read the entire series.

Good job, George R.R. Martin, you’ve earned a fan.

Get it here: A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book One


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  1. welcome to one of the best epic fantasy series ever written (and still being written)! Game of Thrones is easy to get into, impossible to put down. this series has it all – drama, action, violence, mystery, murder, romance, greed, ambition. . . and a little bit of magic to glue it all together. kinda like a giant epic fantasy soap opera.

    • Very true. I’m afraid to see the series that they are making. My expectations are too high.

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