Who is in for the new season of Game of thrones TV series?? I am very excited. So I am going to review the first book from this series today. Why the first book now, you ask? Because I am revising all the books before the new season! I do not want to miss any subtle hints (as if there are gonna be any 😀 but why take chances)! Considering the fact that this is my first book review on the blog, you now know how much I like it 🙂
A Game of thrones is the first book in the series A Song of Ice and Fire by George RR Martin. This is also the first book I read by him. The book (and the TV series) do not need any introduction. Currently, both of them have 5 seasons and the sixth season for TV series is coming in end of April but sadly, we don’t know about the book yet!
Game of thrones is an exciting beginning to this fantasy saga with wars, dragons, dire-wolves, ghosts, magic and whitewalkers (something like white zombies! :D). Once there were seven kingdoms that have now divided, conquered or merged to form different houses. A Game of Thrones is the story of House Stark, House Lannister, House Targaryen, House Baratheon, House Arryn, House Martell and few others. Different houses have different geography, different honor, different traditions, different words and different worries. Many houses and only one big uncomfortable iron throne! The kingdoms are fighting and taking sides for the throne but they have no idea that Winter is coming and they should reunite to fight the Others from the north!
No spoilers here! The book itself is really good. Not for a any moment I felt disconnected with the book. Game of thrones is a huge book. Agreed! But it is certainly worth the length considering how George Martin builds up his characters. You can picture them, imagine them and judge them. You feel that you know them. The writing has nice flow and is easy to follow. The best thing I like about his books is : He does not build up premise for what is going to happen next. So, read with all your attention, but you still cannot predict what is going to happen next. You get shocked and feel torn and trolled. But isn’t that what makes a book good? No doubt the books and TV series both are such huge hits! I have read all 5 books so far but this one is probably my favorite (or may be book 4: A feast for crows, but we will come to that later.)
Do you know that Dothraki (spoken by a group of inhabitant in the TV series) is a constructed fictional language created by the linguist David J. Peterson. It is an actual language, created just for the show. In 2011, it had 3163 words.
The TV series is also really nice. Mostly because they follow the books closely (at least in first few seasons!). Cast completely justifies their roles. Cinematography and locations are super cool. Did I mention how happy I was to witness THE WALL from the shooting site during our Ice cave tour in Iceland 😎 . Overall, it is an very exciting watch that will leave you high-and-dry and dying for the next season to come sooner. If you are not into reading, go for the TV series!
I will give it 5 stars! Okay, I gave it 4 stars on Goodreads when I read it first time because I already saw the series and already knew what will happen next. My bad! So, I could not enjoy it that much. I recently reread it again (Season 6 is on its way people! I need to brush up! 😀 ) and just loved it! The writing, the characters, the twists, everything! My personal favorite line from the book will be: “Can a man be brave if he is afraid?”. “That is the only time a man can be brave”.
So, order your copies right away! (Can you believe the Kindle version on Amazon India is Rs 49???). If your kindle is not from Amazon India, you can still connect it to Amazon India account and enjoy books at much cheaper prices!
You can also buy/watch the TV series online here: (Not available for Amazon India currently 🙁 )
Read it (or watch the series) if you haven’t yet! Let me know how you liked them. And if you have already, who is with me? I am team Arya! All the way! (But please don’t tell this to George RR Martin. He loves killing favorite characters 🙁 )
So, have to go now! I planned to re-read all five books that are available from this series before the new season starts! That means lots of reading! Will keep reviewing as I finish the books.
Lots of love,
Disclaimers: 1. The TV series can be considered a bit violent and inappropriate. So if you are not a fan of wars and killings, may be it is not the best book/TV series for you.
2. None of the above used pictures are mine.