Published By: Spectra
Publication Date: August 16th 2005
Page Count: 864 Pages
Series/Novel: Book #1 in A Song of Ice and Fire
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Summers span decades. Winter can last a lifetime. And the struggle for the Iron Throne has begun. As Warden of the north, Lord Eddard Stark counts it a curse when King Robert bestows on him the office of the Hand. His honour weighs him down at court where a true man does what he will, not what he must … and a dead enemy is a thing of beauty. The old gods have no power in the south, Stark’s family is split and there is treachery at court. Worse, the vengeance-mad heir of the deposed Dragon King has grown to maturity in exile in the Free Cities. He claims the Iron Throne.
I have heard so much about this series! Everyone was always talking about the tv show, Game of Thrones which is based on these books and so many people have asked me have I had a chance to check the show out or read the books yet and my answer was always no. I wasn't sure if I would like this story if I'm perfectly honest. It's not usually what I'm into. But I decided to give the tv show a chance first and I fell in love straight away. So of course, I decided to check the books out.
I thought this was a fantastic book. It was very similar to the tv show too, maybe with a few more minor details here and there, but basically the exact same, which I liked. There is so much going on in this book, with the very long chapters, each told from the perspective from different characters. Speaking of characters, there are SO many in this series. Wow! What did George R.R. Martin say? Did he say there's over 140 or so in the entire series? That absolutely blows my mind! I definitely admire GRRM for being able to create such a huge number of personalities and have them interact and give them emotions and dept. It's such an incredible thing to be able to do.
If you have seen my review of Lolita, you will see how I said I hate the type of writing and narration Vladimir Nobakov gave off. But it was completely different with this book, even though I honestly though the writing would be similar. But no, I was proved wrong. It's super simple to read and understand and you get dragged in from the very beginning. I spent my days dying to be able to pick this book up again to see what happens next.
Overall, I loved this book. I regret not reading it sooner and I will definitely be reading the entire series soon. I highly recommend!