Book: A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
Pages: 674 (Trade Paperback)
Summary (from Goodreads):
Readers of epic fantasy series are: (1) patient--they are left in suspense between each volume, (2) persistent--they reread or at least review the previous book(s) when a new installment comes out, (3) strong--these 700-page doorstoppers are heavy, and (4) mentally agile--they follow a host of characters through a myriad of subplots. In A Game of Thrones, the first book of a projected six, George R.R. Martin rewards readers with a vividly real world, well-drawn characters, complex but coherent plotting, and beautifully constructed prose, which Locus called "well above the norms of the genre."
Martin's Seven Kingdoms resemble England during the Wars of the Roses, with the Stark and Lannister families standing in for the Yorks and Lancasters. The story of these two families and their struggle to control the Iron Throne dominates the foreground; in the background is a huge, ancient wall marking the northern border, beyond which barbarians, ice vampires, and direwolves menace the south as years-long winter advances. Abroad, a dragon princess lives among horse nomads and dreams of fiery reconquest.
There is much bloodshed, cruelty, and death, but A Game of Thrones is nevertheless compelling; it garnered a Nebula nomination and won the 1996 Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel. So, on to A Clash of Kings! --Nona Vero
Review: This was...long. It didn't really follow the traditional fantasy storytelling style--it was more like a million scenes from different perspectives heaped together from which the reader had to deduce something that resembled a plotline. But don't get me wrong; for all of its seven hundred pages, it was intriguing, entertaining, and realistic. I suppose my favorite part would be the characters, because the plot didn't amount to too much. In fact, however crazy this may seem, this book was more an intro to the rest of the series than anything else...and intro of epic proportions, you could say. But overall, good. I wish I could give it three-and-a-half stars, but I'll stick to whole stars.
Rating: 4/5 Stars