A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire #1) by George R.R. Martin

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This book will shake and break your heart. This book will make you realise that life is anything but gentle. But this book will also bring you the greatest adventure you have yet to see.

I have bought my whole book collection back in 2014. I have been procrastinating with this series for four years. And today, while writing this review, I thank the old gods and the new, for convincing me to read the first book.

I am probably one of the last people that have reviewed this book, and I assume you all already know a lot about the Game of Thrones series.

It is a book about one Iron Throne, and all the wars, fights, betrayals are about who will be sitting on that throne, and who will be in charge of all kingdoms.

Now, starting off, I am still not sure why people would send armies and armies of soldiers in order to win the throne, when it seems that no matter who becomes a king, that person gets instantly killed. And no kingdom respects each other, and kings and lords keep fighting off and wasting resources for a lost purpose, so there’s that as well.

We have many houses, Stark, Lannister, Baratheon, Tully, Arryn, Targaryen, Tyrell, Greyjoy, Martell, etc – and they all feature with something unique to their house. Most importantly, they all either want the throne, want revenge or want them both.

But just to clarify – I loved the book!

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George R.R. Martin is a genius! He has created this amazing world, and characters that are so alive that make you either hate them or love them, but with all your heart. He has created relationships so tangled and stories so well written, that he puts other authors to shame.

The book is written from a third person perspective, and each chapter features a character. And with each chapter, George moves the time gradually, so we are not stuck in a loop of time pause. I enjoyed this method quite a lot! It kept the story line going very smoothly.

‘’Most men would rather deny a hard truth than face it.’’

There were so many characters I admired. But my connection with these characters in this book is unlike any other connection I have made. I usually either love or hate a character. But here, I judged actions, and relationships, and things people said and did!

I liked Eddard Stark’s bravery, and his manliness, but I didn’t like the fact that he was too honest for his own good.

‘’Can a man still be brave if he’s afraid?

‘’That’s the only time a man an be brave’’.

I loved Arya’s fierceness, but I didn’t like her stubbornness.

‘’For the second time today Arya reflected that life was not fair.’’

I liked Sansa’s politeness, and girlishness. She had all the perfect manners, but she also would betray family for love.

I loved Jon Snow’s story, and how he overcame his past, and learned to live with it.

‘’Let me give you some counsel, bastard. ‘’ Lannister said. ‘’Never forget what you are, for surely the world will not. Make it your strength. Then it can never be your weakness. Armor yourself in it, and it will never be used to hurt you.’’

I loved many other characters for things they did, and hated many others, but I cherished the difference in each and every character, and that was the beauty in it – that even though an author can create so many characters, he can make them so different from each other.

In this book, you will encounter everything: mostly mean people, ready to kill everyone and anyone standing in the way of their plans. You will read about a story of a family that falls apart, a kingdom that vanishes, a fight between kings, how a little girl will learn life in one day, how a mother will watch her children disappear, one by one.

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36 thoughts on “A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire #1) by George R.R. Martin

  1. Heidi October 19, 2018 / 12:23 am

    Great review! I love the show but haven’t read the series. 🙂

    • innah96 October 19, 2018 / 6:31 am

      Thank you Heidi! I love the show too but the series are amazing!

  2. Empress DJ October 19, 2018 / 12:26 am

    I may be the only person alive who hasn’t read or watched this series.

    • innah96 October 19, 2018 / 6:31 am

      And that’s okay, you are allowed to skip famous books 😀

  3. Shana@Crack A Book Cafe October 19, 2018 / 12:53 am

    Great review! I love this series. So much in fact that I refuse to watch the show 🙂

    • innah96 October 19, 2018 / 6:31 am

      I love this comment!

  4. Joselyn Raquel October 19, 2018 / 3:53 am

    I tried to read it but couldn’t make it, and gift it away

    • innah96 October 19, 2018 / 6:31 am

      Oh, sorry to hear that Joselyn.

      • Joselyn Raquel October 19, 2018 / 1:33 pm

        it just happened, not sure why, but my brother did like it so it wasn’t that bad

  5. Saturday Nite Reader October 19, 2018 / 4:08 pm

    I haven’t read these, nor watched the show, I do need to see what the hype is all about. But I can’t find the time!

  6. bookswithkathy October 19, 2018 / 9:23 pm

    I love the show and really need to read the books!

    • innah96 October 19, 2018 / 9:27 pm

      I hope you read them soon Kathy! Happy reading!

  7. Ayushi A Nair October 20, 2018 / 11:12 am

    It’s a great review….
    I’m waiting for the book to arrive.
    Just orderd one set

    • innah96 October 20, 2018 / 11:23 am

      That is amazing! I hope you enjoy reading them! x

  8. Jade October 20, 2018 / 11:38 am

    Oh I’m glad you liked it. I’ve read the whole the whole series and had to stop watching the show while I wait for the next book… if it ever happens! What I loved about the series is the intense character development and the layers upon layers that are added to the show in terms of the history and the new characters and conflicts that are introduced that builds and plays off all the layers before it.

    • innah96 October 20, 2018 / 11:39 am

      Yesss! I agree! the character development in both books and series is amazing!

  9. Kati 👩🏻 (@KatisBRR15) October 20, 2018 / 9:11 pm

    Great review I heard just amazing things about the GoT series and the tv shows I am really glad you enjoy this series fully so far in. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome post.

    • innah96 October 20, 2018 / 9:11 pm

      Thank you so much Kati! I hope you’re enjoying your next read!

  10. jenchaos76 October 20, 2018 / 11:16 pm

    I’m invested in too many series to pick up this career of a series. Also, war and battles aren’t my things.

    • innah96 October 20, 2018 / 11:59 pm

      Ah, sorry to hear that Jen! I hope you enjoy your series 😀

      • jenchaos76 October 21, 2018 / 12:11 am

        Well, I do. I abandoned one because I didn’t like book 2. I’m waiting for book 11 in another, and I’m reading book 2 between vicious and vengeance. Between that I’m starting wheel of time. 14 books. Im past book 1, but they are as long and involved as game of thrones.

  11. ashleighjaynex October 21, 2018 / 5:12 am

    Great review I’ve always wanted to read this series but unsure if it would be something I will enjoy, after your review I think I might try pick it up.

    • innah96 October 21, 2018 / 8:35 am

      Yes, you definitely should!

  12. bookwormscornerblogspotgmailcom October 21, 2018 / 9:24 am

    Great review. I really should give this series a go.

  13. Jess Smith October 21, 2018 / 9:31 am

    I’ve read all the available books for this series to date. I have such a strong love/hate relationship with it. Martin is an amazing author, but I want to set fire to this series of books haha. Yet, if the final two (I think there’s two left) books ever get released, I will be there on release day securing my copies.

    • innah96 October 21, 2018 / 9:32 am

      Thank you Jess! Sometimes I feel the same way. The series are so addicting though, I couldn’t stop reading!

      • Jess Smith October 21, 2018 / 9:33 am

        Oh it gets worse haha. There is one part in book 3 I think, where I actually had to have a rage nap because it made me SO angry. When I woke up, I kept reading hahaha. I found that sometimes the pace drags a bit and I get anxious to get back to the characters that I care about and find out what they’re up to.

      • innah96 October 21, 2018 / 9:34 am

        Now I am curious to see how I will react to that! I better start diving in the next book 🙂

        What are you currently reading?

      • Jess Smith October 21, 2018 / 9:36 am

        I’m sure you will work out which part it is, it has to do with Daenerys. I’m eager to see your reaction!
        At the moment I’ve just started an ARC called Soul Taker by Karen Michelle Nutt. An urban fantasy with all the fun supernatural creatures.

      • innah96 October 21, 2018 / 9:38 am

        Oh, that seems fun! Hope it’s a 5 star 😀

      • Jess Smith October 21, 2018 / 9:38 am

        Me too!

  14. robint60 October 21, 2018 / 10:24 pm

    Wonderful review, although I haven’t read the books. I did get through just three episodes of season 1.

  15. Karla J. Strand, DPhil, MLIS October 23, 2018 / 12:05 am

    Nice review! I enjoy the show but haven’t read the books. Seems hard to follow for me! Thanks for sharing.

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