If you’ve turned on your television at all in the last couple of months I’m sure that you’ve heard of A Game of Thrones. After getting hooked on the first season of the HBO TV series, I just had to find out for myself whether or not the book is better than the show. I was actually really surprised by how close the script is to George R.R. Martin’s original story. The only downside about reading the book after having watched the first season is how the actors immediately become the faces of the story. It sort of spoils a bit of the imaginative fun but regardless, if you love sword fights, dragons and political intrigue then you’ll fall head over heels for this series!
Martin’s writing style is detailed, historical in nature and enthralling. The latter being an extremely good thing seeing how each book is over 800 pages long. The world that he begins to create in this first installment is masterfully crafted and larger than life. I know a few of you will get mad at this comparison but I thought it was similar in a lot of ways to Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings series. My guy doesn’t read books. Period. Yet he’s probably read Tolkien’s books over a dozen times and is quickly burning through the A Song of Ice and Fire series as well. That’s all the proof that I need! This book has maps and appendixes full of each family’s lineage galore. This is not just a story that you’re stepping into but a whole universe.
The characters are so intricately developed and diverse that you’ll be hard-pressed to pick a favorite. Not only that, but the line between good and bad is constantly shifting. A character might initially appear to be a good guy but then you learn one of their deep dark secrets and it completely changes the dynamic. I went from hating someone to loving them and then back again more times than I can count. I also like that Martin keeps it real by killing off a character or two, that up until that point, I thought was going to play a significant role in this series over the long haul. A Game of Thrones is about war and the author doesn’t sugar coat it by giving out happily ever afters like party favours. Did I mention that there’s six direwolves in this story? I’m head over heels in love with these creatures!
The only downside (and upside) of this book is the sheer epicness of it all. There are so many details and the language is old school; not exactly the lightest reading material out there. After 800+ pages of that you can’t help but feel like reading this book is a chore at times. My only recommendation is to pace yourself. A Game of Thrones is well worth your time; it’s finding enough of it to be able to read this massive book that’s the challenge. You can always cheat and just watch HBO but you know as well as I do that eventually you’ll break down and read this series because after all, nothing’s ever as good as the book!
|Recommendation:||If you love being knee deep in details, epic tales and enjoy a wide array of character types then this one’s for you.|
|Like this, like that:||J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings series, the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon and the Inheriance series by Christopher Paolini.|
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Awesome review! I’m glad to hear it’s worth it. I bought this on my Kindle recently (we have it in paperback but the size of it scares me!) and I really need to attempt it soon. 🙂
Oh my GOD, you are not kidding about the language, everything you said is right on target, I came late to the series so I did a marathon of the first season. I didn’t read this book but I listened to Clash of Kings (I wanted to be ready for season 2) I really enjoyed it too, and I did take my time. I’m pretty sure this are a lot easier to listen to than to read, at least for me 🙂
I love to hear your thoughts about the adaptation to the small screen.
Fabulous review!!!! makes me want to read it… I might have to go backwards.
I’m on the third book, and I just love it! It really does feel epic. I’m so glad you liked it, because there’s still so few bloggers that I follow that have read it.
@Nicola I can definitely understand how the size might scare you!
@Lupdilup Thanks chicka! I can see why the audio version might be easier to swallow but it’d take me double the time to get through it. LOL
@Kate@Midnight Book Girl I’m working my way through the 2nd book right now too. I’m enjoying it more because I don’t know everything that happens unlike this one. Darn you HBO! 😉
I know now what to ask for my upcoming birthday aside from a new swimsuit (hello, summer). I’m on episode 4 of the HBO series now. Big thanks to my bf who doesn’t read unless he has to. He told me that the tv series is really good so of course I have to try and he wasn’t kidding. He’s not one to gush over stuff so him complimenting means a lot. Thanks for your review, Carmel. I love it. Good warning about pacing oneself while reading 800+ pages. 🙂
@thetravelingreader Anything that can get our men interested in reading is a good thing. 😛