Book Review: A Game Of Thrones

Instead of today’s update, I’ve decided to write a book review of the book I finished last night, George R. R. Martin’s a Game of Thrones.

The first thing I’ll say about this book is that if you aren’t prepared to commit yourself to a lot of reading, don’t even start it. It’s the first book in a series, and this book alone is eight hundred and seven pages.

From the moment you start reading until the moment the book is over, the story of the Stark family, one of the seven great houses, will pull you in and keep you there. It starts with the discovery of a litter of direwolf pups, a litter without a mother. The direwolf is the symbol of house Stark, and after some debate about bad omens, Ned Stark decides to give each of the wolves to one of his children.

King Robert, who Ned was once close friends with, comes to visit and asks Ned to become his Hand, his most powerful advisor. Ned doesn’t want to go, but a letter that is convinced the Queen murdered the last Hand convinces him to leave, to try and discover the truth behind Jon Arryn’s death.

The moment Ned Stark heads south, everything changes for the Stark family. The family is separated by thousands of miles, politics, and eventually death. The story is dark but it’s realistic, set in an extremely well developed world and revolving around a set of fascinating characters, all of whom grow throughout the novel.

Putting down this book to get off the subway-I spend an hour traveling and that’s my prime reading time when I’m too busy to find other time-is one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do. I plan on starting the second book tomorrow morning on my way to school, and I hope that you’ll decide to start reading these books too. If you love fantasy and don’t mind blood and guts, this is a great series, not only to read for the joy of reading, but to read to see what works in his writing that you can experiment with in your own.

You can buy the book below:

A Game Of Thrones on


About Dianna Gunn

I am a freelance writer by day and a fantasy author by night. My first YA fantasy novella, Keeper of the Dawn, is available now through The Book Smugglers Publishing.

Posted on January 5, 2011, in Book Reviews, Reading Related. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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