A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin – Review, Part 1 of ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’
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Every so often one is fortunate enough to stumble upon a book that has him or her captivated till the very end. Some end and leave the reader feeling satisfied with its rather clichéd yet satisfying conclusion and others leave the reader having gone through
a exhaustive journey, only to find out the story has not even begun.
A Game of Thrones is the first book in the ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ series by George R. R. Martin, is one such book. The first few pages set the stage in what is a long journey, full of twists and turns, betrayal and loyalty and some of the most memorable
characters one is likely to come across.
After introducing three characters at the start one finds out that, although they have been brought to life by some vivid writing, they were only meant to serve a small purpose in what is the beginning of a huge journey.
The book is divided not into chapters, but stories of a number of characters, each from their perspective in a world that is full of intrigue and conspiracies.
Without giving too much away, the story revolves around how the King of the Seven Kingdoms, Robert Baratheon, comes to a Northern city by the name of Winterfell to tell an old friend that he wants him to be the new Hand of the King.
What happens next is best left to the imaginative writing of Mr. Martin as he guides readers into what is an ‘unputdownable’ experience from start to end. In essence the characters are split up and in different parts of the kingdom, each with their own story
unfolding and each with a piece of the truth but not the whole of it.
By the end of the first book a number of ‘bombshells’ are dropped and the story takes a savage and ruthless twist and at the same time sets up the events of the second book ‘A Clash of Kings’ perfectly.
A must read for this generation, regardless of whether they are a fan of fantasy or not.