A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire #1) Book Review

Book: A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1) by George R.R. Martin

Release date: March 4, 2011
 Pages: 837
Publisher: Bantam Books
Source: Library Book Sale

Goodreads Summary:

In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. The cold is returning, and in the frozen wastes of 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 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’ve had this book on my shelf for quite some time. I think I bought it because my friend had recommended it to me. I was very hesitant to read it because I was more certain than not I wasn’t going to like it. However, I was very wrong. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I think the best part was getting to know each of the main characters’ through their own eyes and think their thoughts and understand their decisions. My favorite character by far was probably Arya, although I loved reading from each character’s perspective. I never found myself getting bored with the plot, so the author did a wonderful job keeping my attention. The plot is very much from the times of kings, queens, and castles from the olden days. I didn’t know I really liked that until I read this book and that plot captured me. Starting from the beginning, I loved the idea of growing up and with the Stark children. Although they all started in the same house, life pulled them in the different directions they needed to go. I’m very much someone who loves character development, and this had just that. The writing style was also quite easy to understand. It took me a few hundred pages to remember all the characters since there were so many, but I found that that didn’t really bother me. Overall, I’m so glad I picked this book up and got through it. I’m planning on buying the second book soon. I gave this book a five out of five stars.
Writing: 9/10
Characters: 10/10
Plot: 9/10
Ending: 8/10
Originality: 10/10
Overall: 46/50
Cover: 6/10

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