Friday, 9 May 2014

Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

A couple of months ago when I started to read the fantastic fantasy novel Game of Thrones by the author George R.R. Martin, I couldn’t have known that I would be sucked  into such a vivid world a of dark fantasy that is so effortlessly by George in this novel . This book is the first of a series, of which five books have been written to date. The novel begins with a scene taking place deep in a mysterious forest up in the far north of Westeros, the kingdom wear the novel is set. 

Three men of the ancient order of the nights watch are ranging out in the wild forest, when one of them comes across a group of dead people. However, when the leader of the group goes to investigate the dead bodies have disappeared. An eerie feeling falls over the group and they feel that they are not alone in this deep unknown land. One man climbs a tree to get away from whatever beast is down below. Looking at his companions from high above, he sees a group of strange white figures, beautiful yet inhuman, gather around his companions. The leader lifts its sword and strikes at the leader below.

   Meanwhile, in the civilised lands of Westeros, Lord Eddard Stark awaits the arrival of King Robert the first to visit his castle in heart of the old northern kingdom, where even in the long summer, snows still fall. We are here introduced to the main point of view characters and the tale of their lives un folds before us.

What is so truly astonishing about this book is hw the author so easily juggles such a huge array of characters, and still manages to keep the reader engaged. Indeed, he makes us fall in love with all his characters, making it such a difficult task to decipher the bad from the good; evil from the heroes in the book. It is in the characters this book truly shines. I give it a 10/10, unable to find even a minute detail I don’t love. I would highly recommend it to anyone and everyone.
By C. F.