Book Review: A Game of Thrones

A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I'm going to keep my review for this short because I know for a fact I am not the only one who is gushing over or hyping this book up. It was well worth the read (or in my case, the listen). A solid 5 out of 5 stars to this beauty of a book! It was narrated by Roy Dotrice and I cannot commend him enough for doing such a spectacular job. He had quite the challenge cut out for him but he tackled it perfectly.

This is told from the perspectives of 9 different characters. Five Starks (Bran, Catelyn, Eddard, Arya, and Sansa), one Lannister (Tyrion), one Snow (Jon), one Targaryen (Daenerys), and Will for one chapter: the prologue. It is told with a limited omniscient point of view: we get to see the story unfolding from each characters perspective according to what they know about the story. This made it incredibly interesting and all the more easy to be able to keep up with character voices. George R. R. Martin also does a brilliant job at making each character think and act in the way a person their age truly would act or think.

With that being said, I looked up the amount of chapters each character got in the first book. A whopping 15 goes to Ned, 11 to Catelyn, 9 each to Jon and Tyrion, 7 to Bran, 6 for Sansa, just 5 for Arya, and the prologue to Will (after which gets none because he died, obviously). Personally I would've loved to have seen more from Arya, but maybe she will get more chapters in the next books.

But having this knowledge gives you a lot of insight as to what the book was about. Because of Ned's heavy hand in this (no pun intended) there is a major theme of honor and duty and the sacrifices we make for the things and ones we love the most.

Two of my favorite characters in the story were Tyrion and Arya. They both are somewhat struggling to fit in to their families and into society in general. They both are also pretty quick witted and snarky. I love them both dearly. And what sets them apart is most prominently their age and amount of experience. They also come from two different families who value very different things.

The story takes place in Westeros, home of the Seven Kingdoms, and in the eastern continent ruled by the Dothraki. Martin does a crazy good job at creating such a deep history and a world built with rich culture imbedded into it. Needless to say, the world building in this book is beyond any of a book that I have read in a while. He goes as far as creating different houses each with their own crests and words.

The ending of the book leaves you on a massive cliffhanger in regards to essentially every single storyline in the book. But it is so impactful that it has left me wanting more. I need answers. And I cannot wait to get my hands on A Clash of Kings.

Highly recommend if you are looking for a fantasy book that is rich and complicated but still relatable and enjoyable!

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