A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice & Fire: Book 1)

thBy: George R. R. Martin

Published: August 6, 1996

Publisher: Voyager Books

Series: A Song of Ice and Fire

Genre: Fantasy, Political Strategy

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 kingdom’s protective Wall.  At the center of the conflict lie 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.  Amid plots and counterplots, tragedy and betrayal, victory and terror, the fates of the Starks, their allies and their enemies hangs perilously as each begin to play the game of thrones.

Powerful book and full of great and wonderful imagination.  In this book, chapters are rather separated by the point of view of a certain character. That gives this novel a certain depth and allows for each character to develop their own amount of character depth and establish themselves.  What that also allowed for such development in the novel, to see how one action influences another.  The separation also allows for a clear showing of what is going on without making a jumbled mess of it.  It flowed perfectly and moved along effortlessly.  Spellbinding and great book that wove such an intricate plot that captures the reader seamlessly.

The description and dialogue are very well done and show the readers just who the characters are and how they affect one another.  It’s nice to read a book where not all the point of views are in one chapter, making it complicated and confusing to the readers.  Not only to the sections reconnect to where they left off, they tie together.  Even though no one has any interaction with Daenerys, her storyline fits in perfectly.  Each character develops little by little in the novel, and we get to see how the events of the novel affect each one and change their characters.  But there is more to each character than just what the outside plot provides.  The inner turmoil and inside plot differentiates with each character and allows for several different extensions of the outside plot.  Nothing is the same in the book!  All the action, all the character development and their strengths and weaknesses make them each inextricably unique and powerful, some distasteful, but nonetheless each brings something amazing to the novel.

It’s amazing, wonderful, and truly a piece of art.

★★★★★ (A)

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