A Game Of Thrones Book Review

By the time I got round to watching the first series of Game Of Thrones the fourth one was just ending so I was very late to the game with this one. I only started reading the books this year after I was given the whole set of A Song Of Ice And Fire by George R. R. Martin for Christmas and I so wish I'd gotten into them sooner! I'm generally not really a fan of the fantasy genre (even Harry Potter, don't hate me) and I won't lie, these are big fat books and the fact that there are so many in the series already did put me off a little. BUT after reading the first book I'm hooked so thought I'd put together a little review for those of you who might be a little sceptical still.

A Game Of Thrones Book

I don't want to discuss too much of the plot as there are so many OMG moments so I don't want to ruin it for anyone but it's basically set in a fictional, fantasy world where there is a power struggle to control the Kingdom - hence the name, 'A Game of Thrones'. ' If you've watched the series book one pretty much follows the same plot as the first series, although I believe there are major differences in the later books compared to the series. I think the characters are so well written, the baddies are proper nasty which is the kind of thing you want in epic stories like this and although there are certain characters I root for I would say no one is perfect, they're all flawed which keeps things interesting as for me personally it means I never know what to expect from them! I love the format of the book too, each chapter is written from a different characters viewpoint which is great as there are a lot of key characters in the book so to get to know them better is useful. I love the choice of characters that Martin chose to base chapters on too, he left the right ones out (like Varys and Littlefinger for example) because they need a bit of mystery to them. I love how strong the characters are and the fact that the women have just as much game as the men - it's just disappointing that the tv series almost ruins this by having so many scenes with naked prostitutes in it but then I guess that's unfortunately to be expected with tv...

As for the fantasy elements, that I was most concerned about, there are actually very few in this book. Yes there's mentions of dragons and a little witchcraft etc but it's all very much in the background but at the same time it's all relevant - plus having seen the series I know these things will feature a little more in later books. The main focus is on the struggle for the Iron Throne and for this reason it definitely appeals to the history geek in me. Yes it's a fictional world but the detail Martin goes into creating its history, politics and every day things like what the smallfolk wear and eat is incredible, it almost seems like a real place. The dress and courtesies etc are very similar to what we saw in series like The Tudors (which was my total guilty pleasure!) so it's very similar to historical novels which is one of my favourite genres.

I must admit had I not watched the series first I think I would have gotten majorly confused by all the characters as there are so, so many and some of them have very similar names too. Saying that there is a helpful guide in the books to all the houses and their history which I think is a nice touch. All in all I say don't knock these books til you've tried them and definitely give them a go if, like me, you love historical novels.

Have you read these books or do you watch the series? Who's your favourite character? I know she's evil but mine is Cersei! 

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37 comments:

  1. Josie, I finished the whole series a few months ago. It's almost torture waiting for the next book to come out! Anyhoo, have you been watching this season? So cray cray! They deviated a lot this from the book, but I guess they had to...sigh...poor Sansa.

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  2. Yayy so happy to hear you enjoyed the first book, this review has definitely made me want to re-read it (plus I'm in desperate need of something to distract me from the horror that this latest season is). I'm sure you know who my favourite character is hehe, but I do have a soft spot for Cersei too! xx

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  3. This was a great review! I've been unsure whether or not to start reading these book for ages now (:

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  4. Omg I applaud you so much! When I worked for a book shop, I always looked at these and thought there is just no way I can read these, they are jut so big! However, it sounds like they might be worth looking into.. why do they have to big so big?! xxx

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  5. I finished it all a few weeks ago and I looooved it. It took me about a whole year to read the entire series, so you can tell, I was done with watching season 4 when I began.
    I'm also not that much into fantasy but George R. R. Martin absolutely blew my mind.

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  6. i only read the first book and then watched the series - anyway in both book and tv series my fav character is arya. i'm struggling to find something good in cersei but always hoping to see a twist in her story !(:

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  7. I read the first few books last year but found them so hard to get into! i hardly even remember the books to be honest :/ but I follow the TV series! Probably only case ever where I've preferred the TV show to the book! Although all the rape on women bothers me, but maybe it'll get people to pay attention the the rape culture problem we have in real life! I dunno, hard to not use it in TV when it still goes on so frequently in society. x

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  8. I have read all books after I watched two seasons of the show and I don't feel the need to watch the show anymore :P I got irritated by the differences. That's cool you liked the book! I can agree that there is not many fantasy in the books, not as much magic etc like in the Harry Potter or LOTR. It's more about characters and politics.

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  9. It sounds super interesting but I'm not really an epic fantasy fan. I haven't read any of the books or seen the TV show, I know right?! I think I might be the only one! x

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  10. I have just started the TV series so might give the books a go now!!
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  11. I LOVED Game of Thrones! I completely agree with what you said about the characters! I can't wait to read the next book in the series. I'm excited to see how it differs from the show :) x

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  12. Yeah! I've read the books so now I'm just waiting on the next one being released! Cersei is a great character, in both the books and the series so I can totally see why you like her! xxx

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  13. Wow, what a nice review! This book sounds interesting!

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  14. Okay, thats it! I'm going to start this series too.. I've just heard too many good things about it! Thanks for sharing!


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  15. I read the books years ago so now I'm constantly confusing myself - I can't remember what happened in the books and what is happening in the TV show. I hope the end of the last book doesn't happen in the series...I shouted out loud at that ending!

    Tara x

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  16. I havent read the books but I've been watching the series and I am in love. My favourite character is either Arya or Daenerys, Tyrion is so funny as well!

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  18. I've started to read this SO many times but given up. Your review has just convinced me to give it another go - thank you!

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  19. I'm hoping by the time I finish them the next book will be out so I won't have too long to wait! I know, poor Sansa but I really feel like she's gonna get her revenge for sure x

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  20. I literally can't take what's happening to Sansa right now but I'm sure she'll get her revenge...I feel like they're making her suffer so bad they have no choice but to make the outcome awesome for her in the end! x

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  21. I put off reading them for the longest time but I'm so glad I decided to join the hype! x

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  22. I did think that at first but I whizzed through this as it was so addictive! I reckon you could manage it, you seem like a faster reader than me judging by your goodreads haha! The only trouble with them being so hench is they're a pain to carry around x

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  23. Ah thank you, I'll definitely be reading your posts! I don't know what makes George R. R. Martin different but I just love his work x

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  24. Ooh I love Arya too! She's so feisty. I see nothing good in Cersei really haha but I love a good villain! x

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  25. I agree with you on the rape scenes, I feel like they've been done for ratings and shock value (even though everyone watches the series anyway...) but you make a really good point, I think it does shock and upset everyone (especially what's happening to Sansa right now) so it may possibly do some good and open peoples eyes x

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  26. I'm quite glad to hear there's differences between the show and the books, at least I won't know exactly what's going to happen when I'm reading them :) x

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  27. I'm so surprised I like these as I'm not usually a fan either! I didn't start watching the show til a few seasons in so maybe one day you'll give into the hype too ;) x

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  28. I'm hoping by the time I get through the current books the new one will be out! I know for people who've been waiting it's been like torture haha x

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  29. She's such a cow but I like a good villain! I feel like she will eventually get her comeuppance though and even though she's evil I think I'll feel sad haha x

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  30. Hope you enjoy, it's a fab series! x

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  31. I feel like this is going to happen to me! I'm intrigued now, I have ages to go til the last book though! x

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  32. I love all of those as well! I think Tyrion is such a good character, I really hope nothing bad happens to him x

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  33. I'm hoping by the time I finish the current books the new one will be out! I love Tyrion too, he's so funny. We haven't seen too much of Tommen in the show so I'm hoping to get to know a bit more about him in the books! x

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  34. I have watched the TV show and never thought of reading the books because of this but your review makes me want to pick them up. They sound better than the TV show which I thought was brilliant Lucy x

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  35. ahah! this explains everything :D

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  36. I've been toying with the idea of reading the books, but after the shock of the other day and sorely tempted - i feel it might divulge more clues as to what will happen!

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