Saturday, 1 June 2013

A Game of Thrones (A song of Ice and Fire #1)

Author: George R. R. Martin
Genres: Fantasy, Epic, Adventure, Adult.

If you like happy endings and stories of justice and chivalry and Prince Charming then this is not a book for you. In Seven Kingdoms Honor is a flaw and Betrayal is the key to survival. It's ruled by Lords who indulge in Incest, murders, rape, sorcery and the honest men are silenced by the "Tears of Lys".

Seventeen years ago when Kingslayer (Jaime Lannister) killed Aerys Targaryen, Robert Baratheon became the king of Seven Kingdoms and married Cersei Lannister. When Robert dies the kingdom divides and falls apart. After thousand years there is a King of the North, both of the King's brother have coronations defying Robert's first born child as he is an abomination - a result of incest between Cersei and her twin Jaime.

While the kingdom is burning from the wars between the four kings, beyond the walls Wildlings are rising and after thousands of years the dead are walking again.

Far away in the free cities, Daenerys Targaryen has married a Dothraki with 40, 000 men in his army but are they enough for her to take back her Iron Throne?

There are 864 pages in the book and every page is perfection. When I read A Game of Thrones I don't feel like I am reading a story. Even though people live in castles and there are dragons and the kings are fighting still the character are so real, plot so interesting and the way supernatural elements have been casually mixed with the plotting and the scheming - amazing. You don't feel like you are reading a novel, it's like everyday you are opening a newspaper and you are updated about what's happening in some alternate universe. Ned Stark is the new Hand. Robert Baratheon is dead. Oh, there are dragons in the world!

Varys' little birds and whisperers and Tyrion wit, they become a part of you. You say "Winter is coming" and you can actually feel goosebumps. Slowly and steadily, the characters becomes your acquaintances and you keep on wondering who dies next or who else is gonna crown themselves king. 

A Game of Thrones is not only a book it's literally a world trapped in the pages. It's long, it's page after page of tragedy but there is no way in hell you should miss this series. A song of Ice and Fire is a very long series and there is a possibility that George R R Martin may die before he finishes it but it's a must must must read.

Arushi Raj

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