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.
*My Book Review*
DISCLAIMER: This book/eBook being reviewed was purchased independently and is a part of my private library. I have in no way been compensated for this review.
Okay, where do I start with a book as epic as A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin?
Firstly, I want to thank the author himself for creating such an amazing broad scale of a universe. I know Martin wanders on for pages and pages about this that and the other, but never once do you feel like it is overly explained. Family lines, religious and cultural background are inserted precisely into the novel so you never once feel like you are being dragging through the bog of back story that quite often occurs with novels that centre around places unheard of. After the complete brain dump of my last fave epic series, The Land of Painted Caves, you cannot tell how relieved I was by this fact! I am hoping this doesn’t happen further on down the track though and will reserve judgement on this until the very end.
There were moments I found I was tiring of the series. Some characters I found not as interesting as the others and at one or two points I really did feel like skipping through to the next chapter to see what a more favoured character was up to (*cough* Tyrion Lannister *cough*). However, I persevered and was really happy that I did. This story is so rich that if it were a meal, it would have to be an English one!
Being a fan of the TV series and that being my first introduction to this new world, was I disappointed? No. Absolutely not. I am glad George R. R. Martin has such close ties to the TV show and that he also has a firm grasp on how TV works in relation to what must be cut or altered and what is just a TV whim or fancy. Each compliments the other as a result.
I am giving A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin 5 out of 5 stars and can’t WAIT to read the next book, A Clash of Kings!
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About the Author
George R. R. Martin was born September 20, 1948, in Bayonne, New Jersey. His father was Raymond Collins Martin, a longshoreman, and his mother was Margaret Brady Martin. He has two sisters, Darleen Martin Lapinski and Janet Martin Patten.
Martin attended Mary Jane Donohoe School and Marist High School. He began writing very young, selling monster stories to other neighborhood children for pennies, dramatic readings included. Later he became a comic book fan and collector in high school, and began to write fiction for comic fanzines (amateur fan magazines). Martin’s first professional sale was made in 1970 at age 21: “The Hero,” sold to Galaxy, published in February, 1971 issue. Other sales followed.
In 1970 Martin received a B.S. in Journalism from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, graduating summa cum laude. He went on to complete a M.S. in Journalism in 1971, also from Northwestern.
As a conscientious objector, Martin did alternative service 1972-1974 with VISTA, attached to Cook County Legal Assistance Foundation. He also directed chess tournaments for the Continental Chess Association from 1973-1976, and was a Journalism instructor at Clarke College, Dubuque, Iowa, from 1976-1978. He wrote part-time throughout the 1970s while working as a VISTA Volunteer, chess director, and teacher.
In 1975 he married Gale Burnick. They divorced in 1979, with no children. Martin became a full-time writer in 1979. He was writer-in-residence at Clarke College from 1978-79.
Moving on to Hollywood, Martin signed on as a story editor for Twilight Zone at CBS Television in 1986. In 1987 Martin became an Executive Story Consultant for Beauty and the Beast at CBS. In 1988 he became a Producer for Beauty and the Beast, then in 1989 moved up to Co-Supervising Producer. He was Executive Producer for Doorways, a pilot which he wrote for Columbia Pictures Television, which was filmed during 1992-93.
Martin’s present home is Santa Fe, New Mexico. He is a member of Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (he was South-Central Regional Director 1977-1979, and Vice President 1996-1998), and of Writers’ Guild of America, West.