Review: A Game of Thrones 1.1

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‘A Game of Thrones
by George R. R. Martin

A Song of Ice and Fire # 1
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Synopsis:
Long ago, in a time forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons out of balance. The cold is returning, and in the frozen wastes to the north of Winterfell, sinister forces are massing beyond the kingdom’s protective wall. To the south, the King’s powers are failing, and his enemies are emerging from the shadows of the throne. At the center of the conflict lie the Starks of Winterfell, a family as harsh and unyielding as the frozen land they were born to. Now Lord Eddard Stark is reluctantly summoned to serve as the King’s new Hand, an appointment that threatens to sunder not only his family but also the kingdom itself. A heroic fantasy of lords and ladies, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and evildoers who come together in a time of grim omens. The first volume in George Martin’s series. (Source: Goodreads.com)

My thoughts about the book:
It is hard for me to write a proper objective review for this book, because I’ve already known the plot from the TV series on HBO and there I was from the first episode on, a huge fan of this world and their characters. But I can still say that the plot is throughout the book very exciting and thrilling and if you start it you won’t be able to put it down anymore, because you’ll always want to know what happens next to the members of the family Stark.

This book deals with knights, castle ladies, sword fights, love, betrayal, intrigues and strong characters who aren’t able to be clearly divided in the categories ‘good and bad‘ or ‚black and white‘, but appear as so multi-layered, as life itself.
At first the plot plays in Winterfell, where the residence of the Starks is and in which Eddard Stark rules as the lord. Everything seems good, till the time when the royal family with their subjoinder appears to offer Eddard, briefly Ned, the title as the right hand of the king. As a result the events kill themselves and soon Ned isn’t able to distinguish friend from enemy any more. The family is split apart when some of them join the king to follow him into the south to the capitol city King’s Landing.

What I have liked very much in this book, was that every chapter was dedicated to another character and thereby I got an insight of the different feelings and thoughts of each character. Mostly the story was told by the members of the family Starks, but also the dwarf Tyrion Lannister got a chance to speak in between the chapters.
My favorite character is, as well as already in the TV series, the bastard son of Ned, Jon Snow. Which already has to deal his whole life with the burden to be an illegitimate child of an unknown woman of whom also his father don’t want to talk about or want to tell Jon anything about her. Jon is intelligent, brave, courageous and he rather wants to make something of himself than to be a burden to others and so he decides to put on the black uniform to serve northwards on the wall. I just like him so much and he’s simply great and I hope to read a lot more of him.
I was also a big fan of Arya, the youngest and at the same time also the wildest daughter of Ned. As usual, I fall for the stubborn characters which stings out with their esprit, stubbornness, recalcitrant and intelligence and therefore the dwarf Tyrion also belongs to my favorites. And I also like Dany and the Khal Drogo (certainly because I already know the TV series *yummy* ^^).
Up to now I couldn’t relate with the mother Catlyn Stark or the oldest daughter Sansa, as well as with a few other characters which stand out by their intrigues and wrong tongues.

The book kidnaps the reader in another fascinating world and I highly want to recommend it to everybody who likes to read about other worlds or who is a fan of ‘The Lord of the Rings‘. Though these books are easier to read and aren’t described so overloaded, Martin’s writing style is still equipped with melodic formulation and dialogues which fit perfectly to the scenery, but he doesn’t exaggerate it. And with that he has made a friend with me. :)

Cover:
I find the new cover creation of the German books boring and I fear that thereby many readers won’t reach out for it and will overlook this great book. .

All in all:
I’m sold on this book although I’ve already known the plot, but still I can’t wait to read further.

Rating:
4 of 5 points

Quotes:

Tyrone: “My brother has his sword, King Robert has his warhammer and I have my mind…and a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone if it is to keep its edge. That’s why I read so much Jon Snow.”

Bran: “Can a man still be brave if he’s afraid?”
Ned: “That is the only time a man can be brave,” his father told him

Jon: “The world was full of cravens who pretended to be heroes; it took a queer sort of courage to admit to cowardice…”

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Succession:

# 1 : George R. R. Martin – A Game of Thrones »»
# 2 : George R. R. Martin – A Clash of Kings »»
# 3 : George R. R. Martin – A Storm of Swords
# 4 : George R. R. Martin – A Feast of Crows
# 5 : George R. R. Martin – A Dance with Dragons
# 6:  George R. R. Martin -  The Winds of Winter
# 7:  George R. R. Martin -  A Dream of Spring

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(© goodreads)

About the author – George R. R. Martin:

George R.R. Martin was born September 20, 1948, in Bayonne, New Jersey. Martin attended Mary Jane Donohoe School and Marist High School. He began writing very young, selling monster stories to other neighborhood children for pennies, dramatic readings included. Later he began to write fiction for comic fanzines (amateur fan magazines). Martin’s first professional sale was made in 1970 at age 21: “The Hero”.

In 1970 Martin received a B.S. in Journalism from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, graduating summa cum laude. He went on to complete a M.S. in Journalism in 1971, also from Northwestern. Martin became a full-time writer in 1979.

Martin’s present home is Santa Fe, New Mexico. He is a member of Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (he was South-Central Regional Director 1977-1979, and Vice President 1996-1998), and of Writers’ Guild of America, West.
(Source: goodreads.com)

Visit his Website »»

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I read this book for the ‘Book2Movie – Challenge’ 2012 !

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