September 14, 2012
Game of Thrones
Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
(I wrote this in 2010, 5 years after I read it, so I didn’t remember too well, especially considering its complexity! But, here goes: Game of Thrones is the beginning of an epic saga, a Song of Ice and Fire. The throne has been usurped by Robert Baratheon, and after he dies with no children a struggle begins for the kingship. This is a long and complex story full of manipulation and betrayals. It’s gritty medieval realism is the exception in a often soft and romanticized genre. The story and characters were interesting, but it was so long it was a lot to slog through. He also switches characters perspectives in each chapter, but I didn’t find that hard to follow. All in all, I didn’t like it enough to continue reading the series, especially considering the length of the books.