A GAME OF THRONES (A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE #1)/George R.R. Martin

I bought a copy of this book as a Christmas gift for myself last year, but its size intimidated me so much that it was only in March this year that I finally faced my fears and started reading it. It took me over a month to finally finish this humungous book, the last chapters of which I deliberately lost hours of sleep because I can’t not just put it down unfinished. Yes, despite its daunting thickness and the number of characters and places I have to remember, A Game of Thrones is one powerful, amazing read.

In the same way that the sheer volume of pages of this book has intimidated me, the thought of writing a review of it is intimidating as well. I feel that my neophyte writing skills might not give justice to a story as powerful as A Game of Thrones, but I beg for your kind indulgence. I just have to declare how much I love this book, with the little vocabulary that I know.

A Song of Ice and Fire is a fantasy series consisting of five books: A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, A Feast for Crows, and A Dance with Dragons. (Wikipedia mentions that the sixth book, The Winds of Winter, is currently in the works.) The series starts with A Game of Thrones and is set on the fictional continent, Westeros. Told in the shifting viewpoints of various characters, the story revolves around the lives of powerful families whose powers and authority date from thousands of years ago and in their ruthless game of thrones, some lives have to be sacrificed so that others can continue to exist in power.

Fantasy was never really one of my favorite genres, and epic fantasy is a rare portion on my plate. The few fantasy books I’ve read though (i.e. Harry Potter, The Chronicles of Narnia) have instantly become my favorite reads and I think I’ll be adding this series to my favorites shelf as well. Memorizing fictional names and places was initially arduous but the Appendix at the end of the book (thanks, Aaron, for pointing it to me!) was a big help. The map as well aided me in visualizing the locations of the places mentioned in the book and the journeys made by the characters, considering that I am such a geographical moron, often confused with North, South, East, and West. Haha.

Not getting emotionally attached to the characters has been quite a struggle since Mr. George R.R. Martin has the propensity of killing off people and even animal characters. I just hope that there will be justice for these traumatic deaths. No other book has affected me this much ever since I read The Knife of Never Letting Go, in May last year, and I can’t wait to start on the second book to see how the families of the North will fare against their battle with the Lannisters. I don’t hold fond feelings for dragons but this time, I can’t stop myself cheering for Daenerys Targaryen. Ahh, but I have to wait until after May when I can have the leisure of time to lose hours of sleep reading another humungous book.

5 stars.

16/20 2012 Goodreads Reading Goal.

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