My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I’ll begin by saying I don’t think I’ve ever read a book quite like Game of Thrones. It’s thrilling and intriguing and the plot is intricate.
There are so many characters it’s difficult to keep count. However, each one is unique and memorable.
Game of Thrones is a story about a kingdom which is slowly falling apart. Winter is coming…and it could last for years, bringing not only bitter cold weather but also death. As Eddard Stark, Lord of Winterfell in the north, discovers secrets and scandals surrounding his friend King Robert, everything begins to fall apart. His family is in danger, threatened by the Lannisters, but Lord Stark must serve as the King’s Hand to attempt to keep the peace.
The story is narrated by each of the characters in turn, which keeps the reader on their toes. I flipped ahead just to see if my favorite characters were alright, because just when things got interesting the author would switch perspectives. But let me warn you…George Martin spares his characters nothing. And perhaps that’s why the book is so, so captivating.
The subplots, each somehow connected, moved the story forward. Martin develops each character by giving him/her back-story and personality.
Read the book. Read it, read it, read it.
I’ve got four more books to go…and if this first book is anything to judge the rest of the series by, I just know it’s going to get even better.