A Game Of Thrones

By: George R. R. Martin

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5 out of 5 Gold Dragons!

I rate this 5 out of 5 gold dragons because the book along with the television series are just so perfectly executed. This book kept me guessing on what would happen to who and when something would wrong. The rule is to never get attached to a character, but I found myself getting attached to a lot of people in this book. There are about 700 pages but it's worth it.

Setting

This book takes place in a medieval fantasy world with dragons and kings. The date is unknown but it resembles some of the world's most historic battles or fairy tales. I've never been into old things like the medieval ages, but this book intrigued me to no extent. It constantly described the surroundings and put an image of the location in my head.

Characters

Eddard Stark: he's the father of the Stark family and warden of the North. He then reluctantly agrees to be the hand of the king, which is basically being the king when the King isn't the king.

Catelyn Stark: Wife of Eddard and mother of the stark children. Many things happen with her but it would be spoilers if I said anything else.

Bran Stark: second youngest son of Eddard and Catelyn, and gets paralyzed from "falling from a high place," as everyone presumes.

Rob Stark: Oldest son of Eddard and Catelyn, he takes over Winterfell (home of the Starks) when his father leaves to go be the hand of the king.

Jon Snow: Eddard's bastard son who is very skilled with a sword. Catelyn doesn't like him because she thinks Eddard made some other girl pregnant and still kept the baby. That brings a lot of drama and separation to the table.

Santa Stark: A beautiful young woman birthed by Catelyn, she goes with her father and her sister to King's Landing to marry the young prince Jeffrey

Arya Stark: A girl who wants to be a boy. She's the younger daughter of the Stark Family and is very rebellious and has a temper. She and Jon Snow are like best friends. She has to go with her father and sister to King's Landing.

Rickon Stark: youngest boy of the Stark family. He's 3 years old so he stays in Winterfell during all of this.

Plot

The king, Rob Baratheon, travels down to Winterfell to meet his long friend, Eddard Stark, to grant him the Hand of the King. While the king is there, suspicious things happen to certain members of the Stark family, causing Catelyn to worry about the Lannisters/Baratheons. They already have a rocky connection together. The king's wife, Cersei Lannister, said the Stark's are "Enemies." This then sparks the big conflict in the book. Many, many, many other subplots are also involved though.

Opinion

  • If you love having twists and turns, this is your book.
  • There are very dynamic characters that everyone can relate to in some way.
  • It has a good investigation process.
  • I selected this book because of the television show, but it didn't fall short of my expectations.
  • It definitely is for more mature audiences who can handle certain adult situations.
  • The reading itself is a lot more simple than you would think. The only confusing things are the characters and the names of these medieval places.
  • I didn't like Joffrey. I don't think anybody does.
  • I think the author succeeded in the way of entertaining his audience, while teaching us some basic principles of life.
  • I don't recommend this book if you don't enjoy reading or if you don't have patience.

So...

If you don't feel like getting sucked into a book, don't read A Game of Thrones. This dramatic book will crawl into your mind and won't leave until you're dead. It'll be hard to put this book down. But if you do read the book, remember that patience is key. Don't be afraid to study up on your characters. I did.