A Game of Thrones - George R. R. Martin
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.
“A mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge.”
How do you write a review about a book this amazing? I honestly don't know howto put into words how much this book draws me in. This was my first ever epic fantasy read and I am honestly hooked. I'm doing a re-read of this book and A Clash of Kings so that I can carry on reading the series. It has been two years since I last read it and I can say that time has only made this book better. I felt that I appreciated it so much more this time round and was able to take so much more in. I got to know the individual characters so much better and definitely benefited from this re-read.
“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.”
The characters are entirely captivating. I have so many hopes for the futures of some of my favourites: Arya, Daenerys, Tyrion and I also have some less pleasant hopes for those that I love to hate: Cersei, Joffrey. I'm very wary because I know Martin has a terrible reputation for just destroying his characters as if they were nothing. I don't think it's a series that I will be crying at any time soon but there are definitely so many twists and turns in just the first book. I'd forgotten how rich with description this book is and is the longest book that I've read for a long time. Every page has to be digested and I absolutely love this about the book. Many books I'm able to skim through, but there is definitely a massive sense of satisfaction when finishing this book and it is so worthwhile to just spend the time going through it.
“What is honour compared to a woman's love? What is duty against the feel of a newborn son in your arms . . . or the memory of a brother's smile? Wind and words. Wind and words. We are only human, and the gods have fashioned us for love. That is our great glory, and our great tragedy.”