REVIEW: A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
REVIEW: A Game of Thrones by George R. R. MartinA Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
Series: A Song of Ice and Fire #1
Published by Harper Voyager on September 1997
Genres: adult, fantasy
Pages: 801
Format: Paperback
Source: Bought
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In A Game of Thrones, George R.R. Martin has created a genuine masterpiece, bringing together the best the genre has to offer. Mystery, intrigue, romance, and adventure fill the pages of the first volume in an epic series sure to delight fantansy fans everywhere.

In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. The cold is returning, and in the frozen wastes of the north of Winterfell, sinister and supernatural forces are massing beyond the kingdom's protective Wall. At the center of the conflict lie the Starks of Winterfell, a family as harsh and unyielding as the land they were born to. Sweeping from a land of brutal cold to a distant summertime kingdom of epicurean plenty, here is a tale of lords and ladies, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and bastards, who come together in a time of grim omens. Amid plots and counterplots, tragedy and betrayal, victory and terror, the fate of the Starks, their allies, and their enemies hangs perilously in the balance, as each endeavors to win that deadliest of conflicts: the game of thrones.

A Game of Thrones and the A Song of Ice and Fire series are books I’ve known about for a long time, but have been very reluctant to read. Have you seen the size of them?! Very daunting, and I don’t usually like to read long books. However, I finally gave in to the temptations and bought the box set. Immediately I started reading, and immediately I was sucked into the world of Westeros and I am now completely obsessed.

A Game of Thrones is the first book in the A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R. R. Martin and is set in a high-fantasy world where betrayal and treachery aren’t uncommon. Although there’s a lot of information to take in, Martin has created an incredible world where it is easy to feel as if you are the characters, walking in their footsteps and speaking their words. It’s difficult to describe it exactly because it’s better to discover the plot for yourself – I really don’t want to spoil anything!

There are vivid arrays of characters, all extremely realistic. Even the characters you’re supposed to hate are easy to like because they have motivations and this is what makes A Game of Thrones really stand out. Every person has flaws, not just ‘the bad guys,’ and every character in this novel has them too which makes it impossible to trust anyone, even the people you think you’re supposed to.

That said, I do have a few favourite characters. Daenerys Targaryen is the character I completely fell in love with. Can I be her please? She’s everything you could wish for in a character and more, and I loved seeing her character growth as the novel progressed. I found myself longing for more of her chapters because they were just so good.

The novel is written in third person from the perspectives of a number of different characters, which can be rather confusing at first but you do get used to it after a while. Just a warning: Don’t get too close to any of the characters, because they will most likely die. George R. R. Martin isn’t afraid of death!

Whilst an adult novel (it’s extremely violently and sexually graphic so if you’re squeamish I’d beware), I enjoyed the change from YA to adult and I can’t wait to read the rest of the series and watch the TV show.


Book in a tweet: Thrilling, completely enthralling and complex, A Game of Thrones will draw you into the world of Westeros and not let you go.


Lucy Powrie

Lucy Powrie is a blogger, YouTuber and author from the UK. When she's not reading, she enjoys cuddling guinea pigs and eating Oreo chocolate, but let's be real: she's mostly always reading.


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    9 June, 2014

    I just started this book and I just finished Daenerys first chapter! Great review!
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    Samena Khan

    9 June, 2014

    I find the size of the books really intimidating but really want to read them because I’ve heard such good things about the books and tv show. Definitely want to read them even more after reading this review 🙂
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    15 June, 2014

    I’m so glad you enjoyed this! They just get better and better, such a wonderful series. You’re in for a real treat!
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    Georgia Stencel

    20 June, 2014

    I really want to read the Game of Thrones series, but my mum won’t let me…Yet! But awesome review Lucy! And I love the new layout! 😀
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    Game of Thrones S06E02 download

    23 April, 2016

    This is special because it’s very much a saga in progress. Usually when a book or books are transposed onto the big or small silver screen; they are complete and the arc of the story is known. In the case of ” Game of Thrones ” the Author, GRR Martin has two books left to write to conclude the seven book series. Indeed in a recent interview he has not completely ruled out further episodes in the future.
    I must say I think Mr. Martin has boxed himself into a corner and will need to work on the two remaining volumes with some alactrity; which is alien to his thoughtful slow progression; we shall see.

    Two more things, I would like to add which makes the books special to me is his surprising mortality rate. He leaves the readers in no doubt that his characters inhabit a cruel world; where death can come at any moment; as it frequently does. Life in the seven kingdoms must move on without any special consideration for any character, however pivotal to the storyline they may appear to be.
    Finally I must applaud Mr. Martin’s positive approach to those characters who have any form of handicap. As in the case of Tyrion (diminished growth) he allows him to be a prominent character; with greater wit than most and quite rightly ordering people about using clever forms of strategy to gain his way.
    Mr. Martin is reminding us all that we have to make our way through the tangles of life, using whatever gifts we possess.
    Well done Sir.

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    25 February, 2020

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    29 June, 2020

    A Game of Thrones A Game of Thrones is a contemporary fantasy masterpiece. The cold is returning to Winterfell, where summers can last for decades and winters a lifetime. A moment of conflict has arisen in the Stark family as they are pulled from the safety of their home in a whirlwind of tragedy, betrayal, murder, conspiracies, and conspiracies. Every decision and action carries the potential for conflict, as several prominent families, made up of lords, ladies, soldiers, sorcerers, assassins, and bastards, unite in the deadliest game of all: the game of thrones.

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