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Book Review – A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

Series: A Song of Ice and Fire, #1
Genre: Fantasy/Adventure
Pages: 835
First Published: August 6, 1996 by Bantam
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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.

Wohoo! Atlast! After almost two weeks, I managed to finally finish this book. It’s been tough, not because the story was bad, but because of soooo many things that I need to attend to (Yeah guys, there’s alot of things I’m going through right now after I’ve lost my job, tehe). Fortunately for this book, it didn’t gave me a hard time reading it, because OBVIOUSLY its super duper great. Haha, please excuse myself for being so intense. 😉

As we all know, this book is now a popular TV show. At first, I was really hesitant to watch it. Why? Because I’m lazy and I tend to stick only to my comfort zone. And also at that time, I was not in the mood to venture into any sort of waiting. Yeah, watching TV series also means waiting. And I hate waiting. But then, a miracle happened and I watched it (it’s a long story so we’ll just let it be). Haha, too much for being so indenial eh? At first, I didn’t liked it because of those adult scenes. But as I precede, all of those uncertainties gone, and all I could think of is how genius the author is. Sorry, I’m now blabbing. Haha, so yeah, I was a bit confused on the TV series because as we all know, some scenes of it were not in the book. Some were cut off or some were added. So after that, I decided to finally read the book and is planning to finish all 5 books until season 6 (TV series) would be out (which I’m sure would be next year). Well, goodluck to me then 😉

I think all of you are now bored because of my blabber eh? Ok, so let’s start.

I’m not really into books with ancient settings though I love watching movies with a theme like that. As I was starting the book, I realized how a big challenge it would be for me. First: because it’s the very first lengthy book that I am going to read. Second: because it’s a fantasy adventure book, which is actually I’m just starting to get a hold on in this kind of genre.

And amazingly for me, I was able to survive the book. Great choice I must say. So all the questions that I have while starting the book were all answered. I am also thankful because I’ve watched the TV series first before pursuing the book. Normally, I read the book first before watching the movie. But then, I just realized that it’s way easier for me if I watch the movie first before delving into the book. And oops, it’s only applicable to fantasy books 😉 With it, I find it so easy to picture out the scenes, the location and its characters.

I don’t want this review to be about the scenes in this book because for sure, it would take me forever 😉 In all fairness, all the scenes we’re properly executed and well-thought. I can’t even imagine how the author thought all of that. Very genius indeed. I would have given the raging 5-stars with that alone, but unfortunately, I have my reasons behind the 4-stars.

For the words used, I would have given 4-stars on that alone because there were some terms that I needed to consult to my ever reliable friend, Merriam D. But it was only minimum, it wouldn’t hinder you to enjoy the story.

For the characters? Well, this is where the reason of my 4-star rating takes place. A friend of mine already warned me not to be too attached to its characters because GRRM would absolutely kill them. I thought I was ready, but dang! I’m still hurt after what happened to Ned. Not just once, but twice. (TV series and the book) I almost want to rip that page, and then I realized that I am reading the e-book format, haha lol

The 4-star rating wasn’t solely because the author is so grim that he killed most of its characters (I’m not that shallow, well, almost, haha). But it’s all because it introduces soooo many characters that is so hard to keep track of. I know it’s just natural because it’s a lengthy book. I would have accepted it, but the name of its characters is so hard to remember. (Too bad, I’m not good with names, so I find it really hard to familiarize) So far, it’s only the Starks, the Lannisters and Baratheon that I could proudly say that I know, haha.

This book is really worth it. I’ve never read a book before containing maps and introductions to all houses in the seven kingdom. Now, who says it’s only Centrum that is complete from A to Z? hehe

Have you read it too? How did you find the book? Just leave your reply by commenting it below 😉

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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