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Monday, April 11, 2011 | By: Traci

Review: A Game of Thrones by George R.R Martin

A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire #1) by George R. R. Martin
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire #1) by George R. R. MartinSummary:  A Game of Thrones is definitely an epic fantasy novel. We follow several different Kingdoms and families as they live their lives separately before finally emerging together as war wages between all the Kingdoms. The Starks live in Winterfell where Ned Stark has several children Sansa, Bran, Rickon, Robb, and Arya, and one bastard son Jon that his wife does not claim. Things go relatively smoothly until a friend comes to visit the Kingdom and offer Ned the job as the King's Hand. Reluctantly, Ned accepts and he travels to their Kingdom to begin his duties, with his bastard son Jon joining the Night's watch. There, Ned learns a lot of things that probably should have been left in the dark. It's there, within those Kingdom walls where his fate is sealed, as well as the fate of his children.

My Thoughts: Ordinarily this is not something that I would read on my own. I began reading this for an online book club. And, I definitely found it quite hard to read at first. There are many, many, many characters and places to keep track of. However, as you get into the story, it definitely gets more interesting. It kind of reads like a soap opera, at least to me because there are so many things going on behind the scenes that really are the entire basis of the story. It is not a terrible book, but there are a lot of things to contend with, violence for the sake of violence and a lot of sexual assault. There are some boring parts too, especially all the war stuff. That alone doesn't really want to make me read it. I skipped through those parts, but all in all it is not a bad read. I am considering reading the rest of the books to find out what happens.


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