Wednesday, May 25, 2011

A Game of Thrones Review

835 pages
Long ago, in a time forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons out of balance. The cold is returning, and in the frozen wastes to the north of Winterfell, sinister forces are massing beyond the kingdom's protective wall. To the south, the King's powers are failing, and his enemies are emerging from the shadows of the throne. At the center of the conflict lie the Starks of Winterfell, a family as harsh and unyielding as the frozen land they were born to. Now Lord Eddard Stark is reluctantly summoned to serve as the King's new Hand, an appointment that threatens to sunder not only his family but also the kingdom itself. A heroic fantasy of lords and ladies, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and evildoers who come together in a time of grim omens. The first volume in George Martin's series.

First I have to say this book was 800+ pages (which I loved), extremely frustrating and even more riveting. When I found out it was being made into a television series I decided I had to read all the books so I could judge if the show is as good as the book. I could not put this book down. The brutality and intricacy of all the plots and fights that went on in this book was intriguing to say the least. The only thing that I can say bothered me about the book was that the point of view kept switching from character to character. I normally find most books to be predictable but this book kept me guessing and on my toes until the end. It definitely made me want to pick up the next book right away and continue to see where the characters were headed. I recommend this book to any fans of fantasy novels or those who want a deeper understanding of the television series.


  1. Thanks for the review. I think I'm going to start reading the book tonight :)

    On a different note, I found your blog by pure chance and guess what? We have the same surname. I'm called Paolo Romeo (or Paul here in England) :)