Comments (167)Add a Comment
The book that starts the immense magical saga of A Song of Ice and Fire! The world building and character building process is mind-boggling and makes the reader yearns for the subsequent titles! A definite must-read!
I binged the entire seven seasons of the show in just a month, and when I found out it was based on a book I knew I had to read it. It is extremely well thought out and a good read for anybody who is a fan of medieval/fantasy novels.
Really liked this book. (I haven't seen the TV series.) It's a fairly easy read and a page-turner. Great character development. Because of the length, and lack of reading time, I had to check it out multiple times to finish. Worth the wait!
Are there more books in the series? Just finished original book... can’t find book 2.
After becoming a huge fan of the show...and now having to wait for-e- ver for the final season to air, I felt it was a good time to get into the books (fill the GOT shaped hole in my heart).
Such a great book and fairly easy read! There was never a lull and each chapter held actual meaning, and was not just there to fill pages. I love that I could escape reality for a short while and enter into this world. It also gives you insights that you don't necessarily get in the show.
This book is the start of one of my favourite series to date; ASOIAF is the perfect blend of high fantasy and political intrigue, and though the length of the books might appear to make it a large undertaking, every page is worth it. The elaborate plot is heavily driven by the host of diverse characters that Martin makes the reader care about (given his ruthless reputation it's to kill them off later, no doubt, but the reader loves them all the same). Additionally, the rich descriptions, historical accuracy, strong foreshadowing, and careful insertion of details makes the reader live the book, instead of simply reading it.
Loved this book!
It is written in different POV which I really liked, it made me feel like I got to know the characters well.
The story line is amazing. I felt like I cheated by watching the series first, but it is still worth the read.
Page turner. Completely unique from other forms of fantasy. If you love drama this
is the book for you.
I watched the show before reading the book, which is why I already had a heads up of what was going on. Yet I still enjoyed the book as much as the show. Some people will tell me "You shouldn't be reading such books" because of my age. But children are being introduced to the stuff at younger ages now, including myself. It was a long read, no doubt. This was my first time reading a book with over eight hundred pages and it took me much longer to finish it than I'd anticipated. There were words that we don't use in today's books but it was a good read. I recommend it to Teenagers because there is a lot of fantasy. - Lyla
I felt that I was some of the characters in the novel and I was in all the action.
Check out my review of "A Game of Thrones" on my blog at:
If you’ve been anywhere on the Internet these past few months, chances are, you’ll have heard of Game of Thrones. For the past 6 years, this TV show has been capturing the hearts of millions of viewers, and has generated a fan base spanning across countries and continents. But before it was a world-famous TV series, it was a book, and it all started with A Game of Thrones, the first book in George R. R. Martin’s colossal 7-part fantasy series, known as A Song of Ice and Fire. Set against a magnificently detailed world, A Game of Thrones combines fantasy and history with politics and delivers an exceptional story: one with complex, 3-dimensional characters, a richly woven and intricate plot, and a gorgeously imagined setting. Addictive and intense, striking and vivid, A Game of Thrones explores the line between good and evil, and creates a brilliantly engaging storyline that draws you in completely and never lets go. Without a doubt, it is certainly Martin’s finest work. 5/5 Stars
- @Apis of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library
The original book remains the best single book in the series, despite being twenty years old now.
George R.R. Martin is truly a master of his craft! Admittedly, I have not seen the series on HBO or read any of his books until now, but I must comment how impressed I am of his writing! It has everything one could hope in an adult fantasy novel! It's so immersive with all the elements that a novel should have! Moreover, I find it to be one of the very few novels that I have read which has not irritated or put me to sleep. Martin crafts such a rich world with intricate detail, and a myriad of colourful characters that immerses the reader that much more! Sheer brilliance!
I don't know if I would've enjoyed this book if I hadn't watched the series first. Like the series, the book follows several story lines and jumps from one to another that could cause the reader to be confused. But because I was already familiar with this, and with who belongs to which house and the lay of the land, I found this to be a rather enjoyable read. I was surprised at how close the series kept everything to this book, but I also felt that the differences don't take away from either the book or the series. There were parts of this book that made my skin crawl and I found that I was fully engulfed in the book, waiting and wondering what would happen next even though I already knew.
I love the Lord of the Rings and enjoy this style of fantasy writing, but found the Game of Thrones series to have too many vivid sexual scenes. I don't like them and certainly don't want to encourage my teenage sons to read them... I enjoyed the rest of these books, and I read several in the series before deciding to delete them all (from my kindle) due to these sexual scenes.
Prodigiously imagined, well-paced, well-written. Compulsively readable.
A good beginning to the series, if you like that kind of thing. This one introduces characters you tend to get attached to, which is dangerous because this author is not afraid to do anything. The language is quite beautiful and free-flowing, and probably the only part with literary value. I never finished the series because everyone I cared about was dead, and you do get jaded of all the gruesome violence and smut after a while. It's a politically heavy read. The TV show, I think, is a good complement to the books. Still-- there really wasn't a point to all of it, because basically it all boils down to a couple of vicious scoundrels battling for a country they don't care about. It would be funny if they were all nuked in the end, and the US navy sails in to establish democracy. When you stop caring...
Martin created a complex fantasy world with a great variety of complex characters. The jumping between characters and geographical locations could be a distraction for some, but I found it refreshing as it in my opinion keeps the lengthy work from becoming stale. It should be noted that the violent content could be disturbing for some readers.
For fans of historical fiction as well as epic fantasy, the book that started the phenomenon is amazing, from start to finish. The characters and world fly off the page, where I couldn't wait to see what would happen next.
The series itself is based off of War of the Roses and Tudor England, with dashes of other historical places and events as well (such as Hadrian's Wall.) The first book is amazingly well-written, with the perfect balance between showing and telling. From reading the first book, it's easy to see how this series has left such a huge footprint on pop culture.