Rating: Clear Eyed - 3/5
Release Date: Auguest 4th, 1997
Series: A Song of Ice and Fire #1
First, a quick summary from Goodreads:
"Kings and queens, knights and renegades, liars, lords and honest men. All will play the Game of Thrones
Summers span decades.Winter can last a lifetime.And the struggle for the Iron Throne has begun.It will stretch from the south where heat breeds plot,lusts and intrigues to the vast frozen north,where a 700-foot wall of ice protects the kingdom from the dark forces that lie beyond. The Game of Thrones. You win,or you die."Martin's A Game of Thrones is more than just a story, it's an EPIC TALE. I can't really say too much about the book without spoiling one plot line or another, that's how intensely tangled the plots were within the story.
I really liked how you got all of the different characters points of views and that they were all actually different. Each character was always their own person, and every single one of them seemed so real and alive! My two favorite characters are easily Arya and Brandon. Tyrion, Ed and John were also amazing characters that I couldn't help to get attached to.
It's also great how Martin isn't afraid to kill off some of the main characters. I find when that happens, it always makes for an awesome and intense story.
The reason why I only gave it a three out of five is because while it was good, it was just so LONG. I took me just over a week to read this book and it kind of felt more like a chore to me than anything, unfortunately. Also, I never really understood why they didn't want the Lannisters to rule. I mean, they seem evil... But, did they say they were going to enslave all of the citizens or something? I wasn't too sure about that part...
All in all, A Game of Thrones is an epic tale with an extremely intense and bad ass ending that I absolutely loved. I can't wait to get started on the next one, A Clash of Kings!