To say that A Game of Thrones is daunting would be an understatement honestly. I mean, it is over eight HUNDRED pages. That is a lot of pages for one person to read in one book! But luckily for me, I found out about the Song of Ice and Fire Readathon, and quickly jumped at the opportunity. I was determined to face my fears, and finally read this series, and see what the hype was all about.
I was easily enthralled by the story of A Game of Thrones from the very beginning. The author, George R.R. Martin, is a masterful storyteller. In this book, he tells the story of war but he also tells a story of family, and friends, and even to an extent love. There are three primary families which are narrating the story: The Stark’s, The Lannister’s, and The Targaryen’s (primarily the exiled queen Daenerys). Each narration helps build the story as a whole as it brings a different perspective to a very complex story.
Oh, and when I say a complex story, I mean a COMPLEX story. There are so many unexpected turn of events. Things I would have never seen coming. It forces you to re-read the page to make sure that you had understood exactly what had just happened. There were times when I was literally gasping in disbelief. Another thing that makes the story so complex is the amount of characters. There are so many characters that at first it is hard to keep track of them and their different storylines. But once you get into it things become more distinguished and understandable. Or at least they did for me.
I actually enjoyed the multiple perspectives because it allowed you to get into everyone’s heads. You were not just forced to believe one person’s ideas regarding the war and everything involved with that. You had multiple designs to choose from, some that you could agree with, and some that you may have thought were completely crazy. Trust me; there is a lot of CRAZY in this story. Also, there are many detailed scenes which will turn your stomach, and for some people may be enough for them to be completely turned off by the book. If that is the case, that is perfectly fine, as this is not necessarily the book for everyone.
A Game of Thrones is a tangled web of plotlines and intrigue. Literally nobody is safe. You never know what exactly is going to happen to a certain character. Admittedly this made me a bit weary when it came to the ones that I became attached to. Luckily nothing truly bad has happened to them yet but I’m still fearful as there are more books to read in this series. Yet even with this fear, I’m determined to continue, and I actually do look forward to seeing what is going to happen next.
Disclosure: I own a box set of the first four books in the series.
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