As I continue my exploration into the fantasy literature, I could not leave out one of the greats by George R. R. Martin, the series A Song of Ice and Fire. But when I finished the book, it was in the middle of Hurricane Irma, so I didn’t have electricity to write this review immediately. But here I am, a couple of days later, on the electricity of our church as our house is still deprived of electricity, writing this review. And I have to say, this book was a good one.
Rating: 9.5 out of 10
Brief Summary: There is a clash between a bunch of high-class people for the throne of a kingdom.
My Thoughts: I’ll have to admit, I was partially drawn to this book because of all the hype around the TV series going around nowadays based on the book. I haven’t seen it before, but now that I’ve read the book, I can understand why people came to love the story.
A Game of Thrones is a beautifully written book, with a well drawn-out plot, realistic dialogue, great characters, graceful descriptions, etc. I was an amazing experience to read this book.
The one thing that I thought the author did exceptionally was how he ended the chapters. The point-of-view changed with each chapter, and due to this, the author could craft amazingly suspenseful cliff-hangers at the end of each. Just as I was dying to see what happens next, the author moved on to another perspective, and by the end of that chapter, I was dying to know what happened to that character too. It was generally very well thought-out endings to each chapter, and I admire and appreciate the author for this.
The second thing that I believe the author did exceptionally well was the formation and pacing of the characters. Because the book dealt with a lot of nobility and politics, there had to be a multitude of people who had to be introduced to the reader in order for the story to proceed. The author made it so that it was never quite overwhelming to the reader to absorb all of the new characters, and by the end of it, I was comfortable with most of the names that were thrown around by the author.
The main characters’ feature and characteristics were also well captured and described, as I sympathized and loved the style of Arya, understood the pain of Bran, and absolutely despised Cersei. Overall, the great characters make a great story and suffice it to say I could not find any flaws in the characters of this book.
One thing i would like to add is that this is the first book i have read in which a person whose perspective is shown in the story dies. No other book I have read had ever killed of one of the main characters who had a whole perspective to themselves. It was interesting to find out that I would never be reading from that person’s perspective again.
The world-building was masterfully crafted within the book. The places all flowed well together, and the descriptions in the book always had me poring over the map in the beginning to find out where exactly the characters were located at a particular moment in the story.
The plot was well thought out and well drawn out. Each aspect of the story had a clear purpose, and each character had a clear role to serve in the plot. Interesting twists in the story kept me reading in anticipation of what will happen next.
The ending was somewhat expected, as the author had been hinting at it throughout the whole book. It left me in great anticipation for the next book, and I will be reading it as soon as the library will let me.
Overall, the book was very enjoyable. It wasn’t quite immersive in some parts of the story as others, such as Catelyn Stark’s point-of-view, but overall each part played it’s role to create this masterpiece of a product.
I would recommend this book to anyone with a love towards epic medieval fantasy or a good story in general.