THE OFFICIAL BLURB:
HBO’s hit series A GAME OF THRONES is based on George R. R. Martin’s internationally bestselling series A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE, the greatest fantasy epic of the modern age. A GAME OF THRONES is the first volume in the series.
Summers span decades. Winter can last a lifetime. And the struggle for the Iron Throne has begun.
As Warden of the north, Lord Eddard Stark counts it a curse when King Robert bestows on him the office of the Hand. His honour weighs him down at court where a true man does what he will, not what he must … and a dead enemy is a thing of beauty.
The old gods have no power in the south, Stark’s family is split and there is treachery at court. Worse, the vengeance-mad heir of the deposed Dragon King has grown to maturity in exile in the Free Cities. He claims the Iron Throne.
I’ve been really slow to ‘get on board’ the entire Game of Thrones Cult-like Following. It’s difficult to say whether this is because I have been too caught up in the Scottish Highlands whirlwind that is Outlander by Diana Gabaldon or if it was because until recently, I didn’t realise the Game of Thrones Television Phenomenon actually originated from the written word – in hindsight, I really should have known better.
In keeping with my firm belief that the book is ALWAYS better than its film equivalent, this month I have read the first in George R.R. Martins G.O.T. Series – A Song of Ice and Fire.
Prior to this, the only points of interest I recall about Game of Thrones were brief:
A. Don’t get attached to any characters because at least one person dies every episode.
B. The original author must a little unstable to have imagined up such a storyline.
C. Don’t get attached to any characters because at least one person dies every episode.
I have to admit, I’m not privy to believe anything other than the above observations. As storylines are often condensed for screen-play I seemed to have been spared a death every chapter but when the time comes, main character or not seems to make little difference to their fate.
When I think on this some more, it almost makes Martins a genius not necessarily unstable. The plot is evolving over and over again as readers/viewers are literally forced to form new bonds and alliances with characters and hope they’ve chosen a stronger contender than the last. It is a proverbial ‘game’ after all, isn’t it?
I’ll definitely be reading the rest of the series sooner rather than later. I’m intrigued now and MUST know the answers to so many questions! It’s easy to see why the author’s original vision of a trilogy expanded to five then seven and now potentially an eighth book to contain all that is existing in this Fantasy World.