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BOOK REVIEW (by J. Ellison): “Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1)” by George R. R. Martin

J. Ellison, Book Reviewer

A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1) is the first book in what is shaping up to be an Action/Fantasy of epic proportions. It draws readers of almost every genre with it’s inclusion of love, confusion, treachery, war, the undead, the unknown, and sorcery.

The book begins by depicting Lord Eddard Stark of Winterfell. A gentle, but firm father and ruler of the northernmost city of the Realm of Westeros. It details his anxiety in his role as a father, and his loyalty to his good friend and king, Robert Baratheon.

As is Martin’s style, each chapter is written from a different key character’s point of view, so at first you feel thrown into an ADD nightmare of lords, knights, kings and dragons. However, the chapter sequence levels out after the initial introductions, and it follows a more normal pattern of storytelling (So fear not if the first few chapters are a struggle. Read on, it gets easier).

The story also follows the twisted paths of the tyrannical Lannister family whose needs to have the crown surpasses all others. As they plot, lie, and murder their way to the throne you get a unique view into the mind of the villain.

I believe that readers of all genre types would thoroughly enjoy this read, although I wouldn’t recommend t for all ages. The book does contain highly adult material such as torture, incest, and rape (although I will assure you it is NOT the focal point of the novel). One must remember that this story takes place in a medieval type setting and times were MUCH more brutal.

I am thoroughly anticipating the second book of the series; A Clash of Kings, in the hope that it will be equally as addicting as the first book.

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5 Responses to BOOK REVIEW (by J. Ellison): “Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1)” by George R. R. Martin

  1. Sam

    November 19, 2012 at 10:38 am

    Also, the cover makes the book seem overly fanciful (you can judge much about a book from its cover). If you are looking for a more exciting insert than the blue and grey of the US paperback, search for the foreign language versions. Marc Simonetti made some breath-taking images for the translations. Each does quite well at coveying the tone of the books about medieval political intrigue.

  2. Sam

    November 19, 2012 at 10:26 am

    The cover art that you include with your review does not belong to the book that you reviewed.

    For anyone interested in reading A Game of Thrones, look for a blue paperback. The other books that continue the story, at least in paperback, all have similar, simple covers. The order is the blue one, then yellow, green, red, and finally a grey hardcover (as of 2012).

    The cover in this article belongs to a comicbook version of the novels. In a bookstore, it is easy enough to distinguish an 800 page novel from a comicbook, but if you are ordering online, be sure not to look for the cover shown here. Unless, of course, you are looking for the comicbook spin off.

    • Pat Carbonell

      November 20, 2012 at 12:14 am

      Thank you for the heads-up. As you can see, we have replaced the incorrect image with the cover from the paperback.

    • Sam

      November 21, 2012 at 10:15 am

      Oh, I forgot about the newer Sean Bean cover, good choice for this article!

  3. tyrion stark

    November 8, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    u r beautiful in a sexy geeky way. *o*o