“Since the beginning, this book trapped you inside its plot, watching a fight for the supremacy in all the story. It is a tale of war, deception and treason. It is also true that is the usual power-thrilled conspiracy story; there is a king, with no friends but one: Eddard Stark, lord of Winterfell from Stark House, called Ned by friends. He is a lord raise in honor and loyalty, old youth-friend of King Robert Baratheon. This Ned is requested by his highness to join him at court, in order to help him to rule the Seven Kingdoms. He is an old king whose needs friends on his side, due to social and politics pressure, a friend to take care of these matters, will allow him to go for hunt. Ned can not refuse this position, it is STRONGLY recommended to accept this task. The queen (Cersei Lannister) gaves a smart advice to this lord: "When you play the game of thrones you win or you die. There is no middle ground". That's indeed, a real advice for any game on real life (except for that part of dying for... but either you win, or you disappear).
George take us in a trip to a likely old Britain, some place that remind us about knights and legends of magic and mistery. With old stories about Others people, where undead seems to walk between living ones. That's why there is a huge, vast wall that split the realm and protect them from the evil force.
The author also take the challenge of switch his narrator in each chapter. You can see these events in nine different characters, feeling and reading what the see and know about the novel. It is not an easy task to draw that mental profile for each individual. You can see the differences between each personality, building the world as a puzzle of several eyes. Only now, I understand why is so famous that a TV-show was created. Enjoy it!”
“Great book, kept me turning pages”ReaderbyNightMan wrote this review Tuesday, November 12, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I'm not a big fan of battles and other gruesome scenes, but I really liked the way the story keeps you interested and wanting to know what will happen next.”Lotte wrote this review Monday, November 11, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“For the longest time I've tried to read this book, I would start it and lose my pace after a few pages however after a month of simply not reading I found myself devouring the book and it was well worth it.
What I found most surprising was the number of deaths of prominent people, I did not expect the author to kill off that many prominent people in the first book, but he did.
Captivating and very human, the book doesn't really play favourites, every hero has a flaw and every villain a redeeming quality save for a few. In this way the characters are very human thus believable.
By books end blue-eyed undead are rising in the woods and the Night's Watch heads out to find one of their missing brothers, two Kings vie for power neither the rightful heir to the throne, the dragons have awaken and war colours the land.
I am excited to read the next book in the series: 4/5 - I liked it a lot.”
“George R. R. Martin skal ikke beskyldes for å ha hastverk. Men det er strålende bra skrevet, og derfor aldri kjedelig - og når det først tar av, så er dette noe av det beste jeg har lest innen fantasy. Gleder meg til neste bok!”cmeeren wrote this review Thursday, November 7, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
““ A game of thrones” from the beloved series from George R.R. Martin is a brilliant novel. Every aspect of the book is done in great detail and love. Every word chains the reader to their seats and keeps them there until they are done with the book. The reader comes to love Khal Drogo, Lord Eddard Stark and hate Cersei and Joffrey. The readers will enjoy flat one dimensional to characters whose adventures take place over pages on end. However, the most amazing part of the book is the psychology and the mindset behind the actions taken by the characters. Every action taken by a character has a actual thought process behind it rather than decisions made to keep the story going. Everything said by each character has an actual human thought process behind it, for example, when John Snow wishes to go to the wall you understand why he is so hotheaded because that is the same decision you would make if you were hated and an outsider. This is what gives George R.R. Martin power over his readers. Granted the beginning is very slow, however, once the game of thrones truly starts the readers are kidnapped from their daily lives and put in this universe. I do not need to explain the story to the readers farther than this general review because even the spoiling the first page is a crime punishable by death. My advice read the books the same time as you watch the t.v show because “ in a game of thrones you either win or you die.” No really go watch it now if you want the three seasons ill hook you up. ”bahram wrote this review Wednesday, November 6, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is not the type of book I usually read. I can't get into the whole "Lord of the Rings" fantasy genre and I really struggled with the first 50 pages. But it came highly recommended and I had to see what the fuss was (it's not often a book (or a TV series based on one) trends on Twitter!) And then I was hooked. Fortunately, I'm so far behind the rest of the world that I could move straight onto the next one when I finished; I'd have hated to be waiting for it to be published.”Shelly wrote this review Tuesday, November 5, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Very fun. Nick calls it a soap opera.”Heather Mc wrote this review Monday, November 4, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I really liked this but did initially find it hard to keep up with all of the different characters. As you grow to know them more I found this improved but there would often be long gaps without hearing about certain characters. That said, I'm planning on reading the rest of the series. Very interesting book and it was nice to get so stuck in to another world!”Devon H wrote this review Sunday, November 3, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“If you like rich, character development you will love this book. Be forewarned though, it has A LOT OF CHARACTERS. So while reading it you may find yourself wondering: Who is this again? When did I last see them in the story? What did they do before this point? The characters are so engaging though re-discovering them isn't a problem.
Like so many others I highly recommend this book.”