A Song of Ice and Fire

Posted: November 1, 2012 by Arushi in Book Review
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A Song of Ice and Fire is a high fantasy series by George R. R. Martin. Currently there are five books in the series and the next book (titled: The Winds of Winter) is due to come out in 2015:

  1. A Game of Thrones
  2. A Clash of Kings
  3. A Storm of Swords 
  4. A Feast for Crows 
  5. A Dance with Dragons

There is also an HBO TV show, Game of Thrones, that is based on the books and some prequel novellas called Tales of Dunk and Egg.

This is a truly epic saga yet the people, with their armor, and their swords, still have a mindset that we can identify with. They are not stuck in a century long gone, but are rather modern in their practicality. That is the real beauty of ASoI&F. Of course, being able to read things from the perspectives of multiple characters does help a lot.

A Game of Thrones:

“When you play a game of thrones you win or you die. There is no middle ground.” – Cersei Lannister

It is high fantasy, but it is also exactly what it is supposed to be, a game of thrones. It is diabolical, cunning, witty, sharp and brutal. It does not shy from any fact, and it does not embellish what need not be there. It is one of those rare books, that is almost perfect. I only say almost, because everyone has their own reading preference.

It is filled with real people, in a different world, with different rules, doing their best not just to survive and live, but to succeed. Every action has a reaction, every reaction has an effect, and every person has an agenda. No one and nothing are what they seem, and everything is exquisitely done.

A Game of Thrones sets the premise of the Song of Ice and fire. Winter is coming and so is the War.

This, please remember, is just the first book. It feels like a feast for the senses, and leaves you craving more. So you jump straight to the next one, because we are lucky and five books are already out.

A Clash of Kings: 

“There are no men like me. There is only me.” – Jaime Lannister.

That is what I took away from this book. This line, while said by one one character, fits well with so many of them, with so much of the book, that it is very hard to let go of.

This book truly starts to enfold as a clash of kings and so many of them, with the Seven Kingdoms hanging in the balance and unseen dangers looming just beyond the horizons.

It is so hard to talk about A Clash of Kings without talking about A Game of Thrones, or A Storm of Swords. This one is an excellent second book, and it makes one run straight to find the third one.

So much is left unanswered, with only morsels given. The fates of all my favorites hangs in the balance, even as I gain new favorites and start hating others. Jaime Lannister is noble in his own way, and Arya Stark more a warrior than many knights. Tyrion is amazing and Sansa still lives though the wolf is dead in her. Jon Snow has become something else, and Winterfell is what everyone must rally to if they are to survive the Winter and the Others yet no one knows that.

I like all my presumptions, yet so few of them actually come true.. for the series is long and everything and everyone is still unraveling, evolving, growing.

More to come on the other three books later.

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