This book came out almost 20 years ago but I’ve only just finished reading George R.R Martin’s A Game of Thrones. It took me about 3 weeks to read this one cause I’ve already watched the first 3 seasons of the show and I found there was no urgency to read since I pretty much already knew what happened. However, Sweet Boyfriend told me he wouldn’t watch the 4th season with me until I’d caught up on the books, so yeah.
There are tons of spoilers in this Report but I’m assuming I’m the last person on earth who hasn’t reviewed this, so I’m sure you all already know the deets. If not, you are forewarned.
The first book introduces us to A LOT of major characters – the Houses Stark, Baratheon, Lannister, Targaryen, Tully and many more. King Robert, of House Baratheon, currently sits the Iron Throne as the Ruler of the Seven Kingdoms. His best friend from childhood is the wise, honest and honorable Lord Eddard Stark. As the story opens we learn that King Robert’s most trusted advisor, the Hand of the King, has died and Robert travels to the Stark homestead of Winterfell to offer/give Lord Eddard no choice but to be named the new Hand of the King. It’s a great honor and one that Lord Stark literally cannot refuse but things get tricky when the Starks receive a letter stating that the previous Hand had been murdered by House Lannister. Which obviously it sucks to be named the new Hand when the old one probably got murdered. It’s especially bad though because King Robert’s wife happens to be Queen Cersei…of House Lannister. And girlfriend has no love lost for Lord Stark.
So, while all that is going on, there is a parallel story happening with House Targaryen. Viserys and Daenerys Targaryen are the last remaining heirs of the old King, who was deposed by the current King Robert. Viserys is a total a-hole and is also very determined to reclaim his throne but he is in exile and has no supporters. To reclaim the throne he needs an army – to get an army, he sells/weds his sister to Khal Drogo, the leader of the warrior Dothraki people. Great brother, right? So, back in the olden days, the Targaryens were the rulers of dragons but dragons have been gone for hundreds of years. For a wedding gift though, Daenerys is gifted 3 petrified dragons eggs as ya know, recognition of her heritage and whatnot. At first, Daenerys is not sure of her new husband and these strange Dothraki people, I mean they don’t even speak the same language. Over time though she falls in love with Khal Drogo and truly becomes the Khaleesi, or Queen, to her new people. Which is pretty cool. Oh, also, her terrible brother dies in a pretty awesome way and everyone is happier for it. And since her brother is dead, Daenerys is now the rightful heir of the old King. Things are getting interesting…..
Back to the Starks and Lannisters. Lord Stark obviously goes back to the Capital and is named Hand of the King. He is also busy investigating the previous Hand’s potential murder. Turns out, the previous Hand discovered that the King’s 3 children, but most importantly his heir Prince Joffrey, aren’t actually his children. They are the children of Queen Cersei AND HER TWIN BROTHER. Yall, I can get down with a lot of subject matter but incest is truly my line in the sand. So, yeah, there’s that. Not long after this horrid discovery, King Robert is murdered by a boar while hunting. This puts Lord Stark in a tough spot since he knows that Robert’s “son” is not actually the rightful heir to the throne. Also, Prince Joffrey is a truly terrible person and a huge dickhead. But such is life and despite Lord Stark’s attempts otherwise, Joffrey is crowned King. In very short order, Joffrey makes some pretty awful decisions as King and quickly starts a war. Thus, the Game of Thrones begins…..
This book is so rich in detail and characters. It is truly an epic adventure on a really grand scale. Having watched the show first, i think that they did an excellent job of staying true to the book. If you like adventure, intrigue, love, war, murder, etc. this is the book for you. There are so many interweaving stories and its really fun to see how they all come together. I definitely recommend jumping on the Game of Thrones train.