A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire #1) by George R.R. Martin
Summers span decades. Winter can last a lifetime. And the struggle for the Iron Throne has begun.
As Warden of the north, Lord Eddard Stark counts it a curse when King Robert bestows on him the office of the Hand. His honour weighs him down at court where a true man does what he will, not what he must … and a dead enemy is a thing of beauty.
The old gods have no power in the south, Stark’s family is split and there is treachery at court. Worse, the vengeance-mad heir of the deposed Dragon King has grown to maturity in exile in the Free Cities. He claims the Iron Throne.
Having watched the TV series before reading the books, this book is really difficult for me to review. I am in love with the TV show, so it would only come naturally for me to love the books as well, right? Well, I did highly enjoy this book.
I only wish I would have read it before watching the show. The show follows the first book pretty exactly, so there were no surprises in store for me. I think I would have enjoyed it more if I would have read it first. I wasn’t as captivated as I would have been if I didn’t already know how the story was going to play out. It’s that reason that I’m looking even more forward to the next books, as I’ve heard they are slightly different from the show.
It’s interesting. This story is told in third person, but feels like first person. The characters have unique voices. I even found myself looking back at first and questioning whether it was first or third person.
Throughout the story, I could easily hear the actors from the show in the dialogue. That says a lot about the quality of the show and the author’s writing. This part makes me happy that I saw the show first. I had people to picture and hear while reading. (also, I’m not sure how I would have kept all the characters straight without watching the show first! How did you people do it?)
I only have one complaint: these books are sooo long (that’s why it took me so long to pick them up, and that’s why I’m going to take a break between books – talk about intimidating!) and the story is very drawn out. I think the writing, world building, and character development are all done very well because of this, but I think it could have been condensed a bit!
I have a question for those who have read the book: Why does Eddard go by Ned? This confuses me! Can anyone make sense of this?