A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire #1)


Author: George R.R. Martin // Year of first publication: 1996
This edition: 805 pages, published in March 2014 by Harper Voyager // Goodreads // Get it

Read in January 2015

Do I really need to tell you what this is about? Well, I sure hope not because I wouldn’t be able to give a coherent synopsis on my own.

Let me tell you about my “history” with the series

As most people, I have been introduced to this series thanks to the HBO TV series. And I am not going to lie to you, I could definitely see the appeal, but I just wasn’t really into it, which, mind you, didn’t prevent me from watching all four seasons of the show (super late compared to the rest of the population, but still). Seasons one through three definitely weren’t my favourites, but season four hooked me in. Reading the books still wasn’t on my list of priorities, but when I saw back in December that a Booklr was organising a readathon of the first book, I thought it was the perfect opportunity for me to jump on the GoT bandwagon. Plus, let’s be honest, the new editions by Harper Voyager are definitely too pretty to refuse to have them on my shelves.

What I thought of the book

If you follow me on Tumblr, you might have seen me complaining about how long it took me to read the book. Now that I am done with it, I actually looked on a calendar… And it basically took me around two weeks to read it; which, all things considered, is not that bad.
Given what I just told you about my “history” with the series, you will not be completely shocked when I tell you that I wasn’t “completely immersed” into the book (that quote on the cover of the book was not true for me at least) and therefore, didn’t fall in love with it. It was very much like the TV show (which I was glad I had previously watched, because I’m pretty sure I would have been lost, what with all the weird places and the dozens of Roberts, Brandons and Jon around), some chapters I found no interest in and too long, I didn’t really care about what was going on in certain situations.

What I will say, though, is that George R.R. Martin is one hell of a writer and that he really has a knack for writing characters (he nailed the character of Sansa, who is everything I despise in a teenager, and he pictured that really well); shout out to my bae Tyrion! My favourite character so far in this book. The universe and world are incredibly crafted and this is definitely a great work of fantasy literature. Unfortunately, some of the aspects of the story were a bit too political for my taste (I’m too dumb to follow everything when it comes to politics of a fictional fantasy world), and all in all, maybe I’m just not a big fan of fantasy…

My rating:

I am giving this a 3,75/5. While I can definitely see the appeal and the great writing of George R.R. Martin, I think this is just not my genre of predilection (just as I was never really into The Lord of the Rings).

I do not plan on reading the sequels just yet, let me work on my already existing massive TBR first, but I am not saying never. 😉

Candice, I hope you’re proud of me, I finally read it! Well, okay, I still have a long way to go to finish the series one day, but still, first step! 😀

Let me know in the comments what you thought of the book, what is your general opinion on the series (both books and TV).

2 thoughts on “A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire #1)

  1. Wow such a great review, you’ve a great way with words – feeling really envious right now.

    What I will say, though, is that George R.R. Martin is one hell of a writer and that he really has a knack for writing characters
    So true! That was stroke me the most when I started reading the series.

    Imo you should read the sequels because I really, really want to talk to you about the adaptation and I want to know more about your feelings regarding the characters ! (Book!Oberyn <3)

    1. Really? Thanks… I feel like my “reviews” are just random rambles…

      I saw a post on Tumblr today which said which character’s POV were most present in each book. It’s Tyrion in the next one, so I’m definitely interested. But at some point it’s Cersei, and then in the last one it’s Jon… And I don’t know that I’m really up for that.
      In which book does Oberyn appear?
      But then I really liked season 4, so I kinda want to read about that…

      OMG. Could I actually make 2015 my GoT reading year? 😮

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