As I am writing this blog post, I just finished watching the semifinal of the UEFA Champion League between Bayern Monaco and Real Madrid. And what a pity!
I was cheering for Bayern Monaco *insert sad emoji here*.
Anyway! Nevermind me!
Let’s talk about what the blog post really is about. A new review of our #26weekreadingchallenge! This time, as you can already notice by the title, the book is “Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire #1)” by George R. R. Martin. I know looooong title! Not only the title but also the book itself!
In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. The cold is returning, and in the frozen wastes to the north of Winterfell, sinister and supernatural forces are massing beyond the kingdom’s protective Wall. At the center of the conflict lie the Starks of Winterfell, a family as harsh and unyielding as the land they were born to. Sweeping from a land of brutal cold to a distant summertime kingdom of epicurean plenty, here is a tale of lords and ladies, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and bastards, who come together in a time of grim omens.
Here an enigmatic band of warriors bear swords of no human metal; a tribe of fierce wildlings carry men off into madness; a cruel young dragon prince barters his sister to win back his throne, and a determined woman undertakes the most treacherous of journeys. Amid plots and counterplots, tragedy and betrayal, victory and terror, the fate of the Starks, their allies, and their enemies hang perilously in the balance, as each endeavor to win that deadliest of conflicts: the game of thrones.
— J —
★★★★ and a half!
I am a big fan of the TV show and it is with no surprise that one day I will be reading the books inspired by it. But, as you know, reading a book like this one it is a challenge for me. It has 808 pages and maybe is one of the longest books I have ever read. But the day has come and I have to say that, even though the time it took me to read the whole book was long, I felt like it wasn’t 800 pages long.
As I already watched the TV show, I didn’t have any difficulty in remembering the numerous names of the characters. But if you didn’t watch the TV show, at the end of the book, just before the acknowledgments, there is a full list of all the noble houses mentioned in the book.
Another thing to mention! I felt really relieved that in TV show the actors are much older than the ones in the book. I mean, I can’t imagine a thirteen-year-old actress playing Daenerys.
The story it is told from the point of view of eight different characters. Even though there is a lot going on, the book is pretty clear about everything. It is also full of lengthy descriptions of everything.
Overall, I like this book. Maybe not as much as the TV show but nonetheless I like it! And I will continue the book series hoping that George R. R. Martin will finish it as soon as possible!
My favorite quote from the book is:
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.
And noooow! For the next challenge “A New York Best Seller” we chose “Born A Crime: Stories From A South African Childhood” written by Trevor Noah.
Okkk so that’s it! If you want to take a look at the review of our next book in the challenge make sure to follow our page! And for more book reviews check our “The book club” section.