A Game of Thrones

09/12/2013 21:48

'A mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge.'

 

A lot of time had passed before I started reading A Game of Thrones. I had faced a dilemma because the book was said to be splendid, and I had not wanted to be disappointed. Oh, I had been so naive! The first part of “A Song of Ice and Fire” turned out to be so addictive that I immediately reached for the second one.

George R. R. Martin takes us to the mythical world of Westeros where winter lasts for generations. We become familiar with the Seven Kingdoms – each region is ruled by a different House: the Starks, the Arryns, the Lannisters, the Baratheons, the Martells, and the Greyjoys. This sounds quite simple, right? However, it is not. The beginning can be a bit difficult, if not confusing, for the reader due to multiple characters, names of families and towns. Then each character becomes the one and only who you will either love or hate. The author created a range of diverse, colourful and unique forms; therefore, everyone will find something here for oneself. What is more, the reader is not able to predict how a given person will behave and whether the characters who were our favourite ones at the beginning will not become unbearable in the course of time.

We learn about their weaknesses, pains and desires. This way we are getting to know Daenerys Targaryen – the daughter of the Dragon's King – who wants to take revenge for the death of her father. At the beginning she is only a puppet of her brother, but within time she acquires more character and becomes a self-confident and great woman. Eddard Stark is a Lord of Winterfell. He is married to Lady Catelyn Tully with whom he has five children: Arya (adores to fight and ride a horse), Sansa (Arya’s older sister and her complete opposite – She is well-behaved and likes to deal with things which the real lady should be engaged with, i.e. poetry, music and embroidery), Robb (although he is young, he does not lack confidence and courage), Brandon and Rickon. Apart from that, Ned Stark has an illegitimate bastard son - Jon Snow. We will also have a chance to meet a dwarf Tyrion Lannister, young and vindictive Joffrey, his mother and a lot of other characters whose descriptions would take too much time and place – you just have to read the book to get to know them.

I am not going to summarize the plot of the book. It is pointless because this cannot be done without the appearance of some spoilers. You just have to read it. Intrigues, betrayals, revenge. Martin creates a brutal world in which everyone can die. When you play a game of thrones, you win or you die. There is no middle ground. Believe me, each chapter is extremely special and after reading it, the desire to read the next one will be so high that you will be not able to resist that feeling. And that is how you pull an all-nighter which you certainly will not regret.

The real fan of the fantasy genre cannot pass indifferently near the A Game of Thrones series. This unusual series has gained massive popularity not only because of the books and the TV show, but also the computer games based on the plot of the book have achieved a considerable fame. There is no denying that people are in the grip of an obsession of A Game of Thrones, which seems not to weaken at all. Therefore, find the nearest library or bookstore, make a hot cup of tea, sit in your favourite spot and… brace yourself – winter is coming.

Katarzyna Szuba

 

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