Never forget what you are, for surely the world will not. Make it your strength. Then it can never be your weakness. Armour yourself in it, and it will never be used to hurt you.”Excerpt from:
A Game Of Thrones
by George R. R. Martin
Synopsis from Goodreads
Long ago, in a time forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons out of balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. The cold is returning, and in the frozen wastes to the north of Winterfell, sinister and supernatural forces are massing beyond the kingdom’s protective Wall. At the center of the conflict lie the Starks of Winterfell, a family as harsh and unyielding as the land they were born to. Sweeping from a land of brutal cold to a distant summertime kingdom of epicurean plenty, here is a tale of lords and ladies, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and bastards, who come together in a time of grim omens.
Here an enigmatic band of warriors bear swords of no human metal; a tribe of fierce wildlings carry men off into madness; a cruel young dragon prince barters his sister to win back his throne; and a determined woman undertakes the most treacherous of journeys. Amid plots and counterplots, tragedy and betrayal, victory and terror, the fate of the Starks, their allies, and their enemies hangs perilously in the balance, as each endeavors to win that deadliest of conflicts: the game of thrones.
I’m not sure why I read this again. I simply adored and missed Game of Thrones, and now that I’ve heard they’ve begun filming the prequel, I’ve chosen to reread this book series before I read the prequel and watch it on HBO.
Despite the book’s evident length, I think it is well worth my attention. I was reminded of the times I binge-watched the show. It’s incredibly difficult to create a novel, especially if you have a lot of characters, therefore I am really impressed by how George R. R. Martin accomplishes it.
This book was enjoyable for me the first time I read it. The first book shares many parallels with the first season on HBO. With the exception of Ned’s repeated memories of Lyanna’s plea, the majority of this book has been included. You won’t remember Lyanna’s character from season 1 for this reason. My favorite character in this first novel, as in the first season, is still Ned, and even though I know how the book will end, I still felt the pain, rage, and unfairness of the events.
Some of the characters you will encounter in the novel have different descriptions from those in the television show, such as Tyrion. Even though he was an imp in the series, the book gave a different description of his physical appearance.
Due to my hectic schedule, I had to read this lengthy novel over a number of days, but I still found it to be enjoyable and exciting. As if I were reading it for the first time, that’s how it felt.☺️