Publication Date: 06 August 1996 (original)
Series or Standalone: Series
Place(s) Traveled to: Westeros – The Seven Kingdoms – Winterfell, Kings Landing, Castle Black (aka The Wall), The Eyrie // Essos – Pentos, The Dothraki Sea
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
First Line: “We should start back,” Gared urged as the woods began to grow dark around them. “The wildlings are dead.”
A Song of Ice and Fire Series Order
Book 1: A Game of Thrones
Book 2: A Clash of Kings
Book 3: A Storm of SwordsBook 4: A Feast for CrowsBook 5: A Dance with DragonsBook 6: The Winds of Winter (Pub date unknown)
Book 7: A Dream of Spring (Pub date unknown)
This is a book that I’ve had on Mt TBR for years. I’ve always been meaning to read it but then I look at the size and all the other books on my TBR pile and I get intimidated and move away from it. Then HBO started to air the tv series based on it and I started to watch. I got through the first three epiosdes and I was hooked! I loved the characters and the world and just everything. So I thought to myself. If the tv show is this good then the book must be amazing! But somehow I misplaced my hard copy and so was looking at maybe buying a new one so I could read it. Instead I ended up downloaded the 4 book bundle offered by BN.com and began to read.
Reading was slow going as I was reading in between other books but I was hooked almost from the start. The HBO show follows the books almost exactly and that was a bit spooky as no book to screen adaption is ever so accurate. I don’t know if the trend continues from episode 3 on but I sure hop that it does! The only thing that the show misses is that internal thoughts and deeper background in each of the scenes. The books are told in the third person so you aren’t in a characters head but you do get to know their motivations and feelings and I always hated when the point of view shifted from one character to another. But at the same time I hated not knowing what was going on with all the other characters that I was falling in love with! It was a horrible Catch 22.
The plotting was so rich and detailed and there were times where I thought I could almost hear the swords clashing or the horses neighing as I read. The political intrigue so intense that I wanted to sleep with one eye open and not turn my back on anyone. When I was reading the places and characters felt real. I love when that happens in a book.
The book is LONG. Like seriously long! And if you get attacked while reading it you could probably use it as a weapon. But at the same time its not long enough. This is a world that you just want to live on forever. These are characters that you fall for (even the not so nice ones as you really want to see them get their just desserts!) and you don’t want to part from them. So I’m glad this is a series. I’m glad that its a long series with lots of books out already to keep me busy during the long wait until the next book is published. (I believe it was a 5 year wait from Book 4 to Book 5!?! *gasps*). I am eager to dive into A Clash of Kings to see where things are going but at the same time I hope to drag things out a bit so that I can live in this world for as long as possible. Next up? To finish the HBO series.