“A mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge.”
― George R. R. Martin
The time has come to write a review for this awesomeness. I only read the first three books in the series, so I did not know whether to combine them all in one review or to do each one separately , but I feel each book deserves its own significant review. So here we go..
First off, if you are intimidated by this book, well, you are not alone. I didn’t think I’d actually get through this book, let alone finish the first three books in the series. I believe that knowing how good the TV series is doing, and the endless amazing reviews about the series. With addition to the fact that my brother has them all, All I did was pick the first book and block out the world.
I started reading along with the audio book, it was very slow that I eventually got bored and started reading on my own. I ended up finishing the book in about two weeks, along with reading some other books to shrink the crushing actions of this book. Now the writing style of this book is through different characters point of views, which might be the first book I read in this writing style. At first I was a bit confused, but as I read along it all become clear and vibrant how beautiful this writing style is and how perfect it is for this book. The language used in this book is kind of old English, similar to those in classics.
I think one of the main down faults in this book is that Martin describes everything with every detail. Well describing the scenery is an important factor for any book. But it gets overwhelming and kind of annoying as you read one. Think of it this way, this book (or the edition I own) is 807 pages, approximately 500 of those pages are descriptions. Martin out down himself. Yet I applaud him.
Everything in this book is perfect. The characters and their development feel so surreal. The plot lines for each one of them are so overwhelming with drama and action. The story line of the book is nail bitingly amazing. The world itself is just magnificent. And all that overtook the too much description drama.
Now, I am a huge and devoted fan of J. R. R. Tolkien, author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings and others.When I read the synopsis of the Song of Ice and Fire Series books, I thought that it might just be the same idea and style writing as Tolkein’s works. But I was wrong. They are both different and unique in their own style. Comparing Tolkien to Martian is like comparing the Atlantic Ocean to the Washington River.
“Long ago, in a time forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons out of balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. The cold is returning, and in the frozen wastes to the north of Winterfell, sinister and supernatural forces are massing beyond the kingdom’s protective Wall. At the center of the conflict lie the Starks of Winterfell, a family as harsh and unyielding as the land they were born to. Sweeping from a land of brutal cold to a distant summertime kingdom of epicurean plenty, here is a tale of lords and ladies, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and bastards, who come together in a time of grim omens.
Here an enigmatic band of warriors bear swords of no human metal; a tribe of fierce wildlings carry men off into madness; a cruel young dragon prince barters his sister to win back his throne; and a determined woman undertakes the most treacherous of journeys. Amid plots and counterplots, tragedy and betrayal, victory and terror, the fate of the Starks, their allies, and their enemies hangs perilously in the balance, as each endeavors to win that deadliest of conflicts: the game of thrones.”
And so I ended up giving this book 5 out of 5 stars. And running over to start the second book in the series “A Clash of Kings”. This is my second favorite book of the three books that I read so far in the series. Overall, I would definitely recommend this book to all Medieval/ Fantasy lovers, it’s a must read. And if you’re planning on watching the TV series before the reading the book. Don’t the book is way better. And it’s a known rule always read the book before the movie/ series. One that I have a hard time going with since I’m a curios person by nature. Well, you’ll thank me later.
-Here are my reviews for the next books in the series.
Thank you for reading and I hope you’re all having a great day.