A GAME OF THRONES
by GEORGE R. R. Martin
Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin had been in my to-read list of books for quite a long time. I generally prefer ebooks over paperbacks. But for this one, I always had a feeling that I should read it in paperback. Its essence is one of the main reasons, plus its length is also a matter of interest. This epic fantasy is followed by four more books in the series called A Song of Ice and Fire which is an ongoing series. There is also a television series based on the title A Game of Thrones, in which I am not interested as it’s not my habit to follow up a tele series.
I completed this book in six days and in my normal reading hours (My reading hours varies from 30 minutes to as much time as I get). Though the length of this book is quite long, but once you start reading it you will sense the how fast-read it is. The story is quite pacey too. Sometimes you won’t even sense there is a climax coming and when it strikes… BOOM!
The shifting of the focus back and forth between the characters and the group of characters, specifically the families is quite enjoyable. The plot is at its best. Sometimes you may feel something is coming, and it’s the Winter. Winter is coming.
Mostly books in fantasy genre lack the quality of writing which I have experienced, and immaturity could be seen in words with the naked eye. But Martin succeeds in many of those areas where so many others have failed. Sometimes a book having too many characters and jumping from character to character is quite unreadable or quite boring. But Martin’s ability to tell a story is so good that I started to look forward to these jumps to different characters. Characters were also forced into making unpleasant choices that they’d rather not make as it goes against their morals but they do make a choice because it’s necessary. I like that. ‘Cause the consequences occurred due to the choices made by a character is what excites a reader. This makes a reader stick to the book.
I was fascinated by two characters, Ned Stark and Daenerys Targaryen. Which is what is making me to go for the next book A Clash of Kings.
I’ll recommend this book especially to a fantasy fan. I know some might think that this one is over-hyped because it has a tele series, but my friends go for it. Don’t look for the dark side. Read it. It’s worth reading.