Book review: A Game of Thrones

A Game of Thrones is the first book in the A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R. R. Martin. I’m sure most people are familiar with the series by now, with the ever popular t.v series on sky.
I must admit I watched the T.V show first, in fact the first episode I ever saw was season 3, episode 9. Not a great starting point, I’m sure the followers of the show will agree! Don’t worry, I don’t plan on telling any spoilers for anyone who is yet to catch up!!
After catching up myself, I was at a loss what to do, I wanted to know more and I heard the books were amazing. It is no surprise that the books contain more detail and explain the things the series glosses over, such as the explanation of the religions.
On starting A Game of Thrones I was surprised to see how true the series had kept to the book!
There are a few discrepancies but there’s only so much justice a tv show can do for the written word. Plus much of it is little things such as Catlyn Stark travelling by boat somewhere and Ser Rodrik getting sea sick causing him to shave his whiskers. Or an even sweeter description of how Jon Snow and Sam Tarly become acquainted.
Of course the show has to throw some spanners in the works, to keep us avid readers interested but I’m quite pleased the first season is true enough to the book that moving from show to book isn’t a disappointment.

The first impression I had of the show was Tudors meets middle earth. All the explicit scenes of politics, violence and sexuality but sweetened with a fantasy story that includes dragons and magic. What more could you ask for?
The book has all that but is so much deeper, it’s something you can really get your teeth into, even if you aren’t watching the show. It is a completely different take on politics, religion and war. It even seems to build on British history or myths.

I don’t want to say too much or spoil it for those who haven’t delved into A Song of Ice and Fire so I’ll just leave you with this: I highly recommend it!!



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