Here is a confession: I still haven’t watched Game of Thrones yet. On the plus side, I now know what it’s about having read the first book in the series of A Song of Ice and Fire.
The Iron Throne of Westeros is tainted and many seek to claim it, from as far as the frozen north where a 700 foot high wall of ice shields the realm from dark shadows, all the way to the sweltering south. As tensions escalate between rival houses, pride and ambition brings about murder and treachery. The stakes are high for those who chance to play the Game of Thrones – they win or they die. After a decade of summer, a long winter is coming.
This book is a richly woven narrative. There are interesting parallels between A Game of Thrones and the Wars of the Roses. George R.R. Martin has drawn inspiration from medieval history to create a new world in fiction. The author’s imagination is boundless.
My favourite characters are Jon Snow and Arya Stark. Jon is like the black sheep (or white direwolf!) of his family, and Arya is feisty and strong. There are loads of characters in this book and sometimes it does get a little confusing trying to remember who’s who. The maps are helpful and invaluable.
Power corrupts and this comes across strongly in this book. Dreams are also an important feature. More often than not, they serve as omens. There are some shocking moments, and many chapters end with great cliffhangers.
A thrilling modern fantasy epic. Looking forward to reading the next books in this series!
My rating: ★★★★☆