“A mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge.”
A Game of Thrones follows the lives of, primarily, the Starks and the Lannisters. Winter is coming. Supernatural creatures are gathering beyond the Wall. The Lannisters and the Starks are clashing. A story full of romance, mystery, secrets and betrayal.
The reason that I gave this 4.5 stars instead of 5 is because it was difficult to get into. I think that it’s because of a combination of things. Firsly, the length. 800 pages? A bit of a turn off. Then there were the amount of characters, which I had to keep google-ing so I knew who they were. Nevertheless, I did really enjoy A Game of Thrones and it’s definitely one of the best high fantasy books I have read and I understand the hype that surrounds this series.
The plot was intricate and compelling and moved at a decent pace. The characters, I found, was the best and most engaging part of the book. I’m amazed at how well developed each character was despite the amount of protagonists there were. My favourites were Tyrion Lannister, Arya Stark and Jon Snow. Tyrion was my favourite because he’s such a snarky character. Arya, for a child, is intelligent and fierce. Jon because he’s generally nice guy who found it difficult to fit in, yet was loyal to his father and his half brothers and sisters. I can’t wait to read more of these characters in the rest of the series.
Highly recommend to fans of high fantasy, and definitely recommend if you’re fans of the HBO series.
RATING: ★★★★☆ (4.5)