Thursday, June 21, 2012

Game of Thrones [Review]

694 pages [Paperback]
Published 22 March 2011  [First Published in 1996]
ISBN:  0553386794

Long ago, in a time forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons out of balance. 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.

Here an enigmatic band of warriors bear swords of no human metal; a tribe of fierce wildlings carry men off into madness; a cruel young dragon prince barters his sister to win back his throne; and a determined woman undertakes the most treacherous of journeys. Amid plots and counterplots, tragedy and betrayal, victory and terror, the fate of the Starks, their allies, and their enemies hangs perilously in the balance, as each endeavors to win that deadliest of conflicts: the game of thrones.

My Thoughts:

I hadn't heard of these until the HBO series came out. After seeing the trailer, I got my hands on the books for not only myself, but for my husband as well. He doesn't read a lot of fiction, but I knew he would love these. He just finished the 3rd book on Monday and we've both watched up to the season finale of season 2.

I watched both seasons before reading the book, but I will say that it didn't really affect my opinion of either. I think they did a really good job with the tv series and bringing Martin's books to life. I love how thorough this book is. I think it may be a bit confusing at first. It was helpful to me to have my husband explain everything while we watched. I found it 8 billion times easier when I got around to reading the first book.

I worried a bit about the changing of POVs, but it was flowed very well. Although I have to admit that I hated reading the Catelynn chapters and wasn't very fond of the Jon chapters either. I have a hard time between who is my favorite between Daenerys, Arya, and Tyrion. I absolutely despise Joffrey and Cersei.

I also keep asking my husband if Nymeria has turned back up or not, but he says no :(

Previous Review:
The Glimpse by Claire Merle {here}

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Lacey said...

I can't wait to watch the series now after reading the book! I'm with you, I would hate reading certain chapters because it was from a certain characters POV and would love other chapters because of it- Arya and Daenerys were my favorites!

lil desiqua said...

I LOVE the show, totally enthralled. My bf is reading these now- I think he's on Book 4. I like the story, but I'm not sure I could handle the volume! Great review!

Katrin said...

I need to start reading the series!