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His honour weighs him down at court where a true man does what he will, not what he must Worse, a vengeance mad boy has grown to maturity in exile in the Free Cities beyong the sea. Ever since my entry into the heady and wonderful peaks of fantasy literature following the release of the Fellowship of the Ring movie inI have been hard pressed to find an author greater than the inimitable J.
But both authors have fallen short of the sheer scope that Tolkien envisioned and, successfully, created. Since then, I have only come across two authors who have come close to envisioning and successfully carrying out their literary creations to match Tolkien; Steven Erikson and George R.
Some authors try, and fail miserably. For Martin though, in scope, creativity, and writing ability, A Song of Ice and Fire is everything you want in an epic fantasy tale.
Set in a world very akin to our own medieval history, specifically the English War of the Roses, A Game of Thrones introduces us to one of the greatest and largest character lists around.
The story is told from eight perspectives. Each perspective is held within a chapter which, when the characters move away from each other, allows the author to continually leave minor cliff-hangers at the end of each chapter. While six of the characters from this first book are from the same family, the perspective is shifted around in preceding books.
Death is commonplace, almost to the point of horror, but conducted in such a way that it, sadly, reminds us of our own bloody histories. Martin does not shy away from the death, rape and plunder that would have been norm for the setting and in doing so provides a much more complete story.
Mindless destruction is often the cause for character splits and confrontations, and by the end of the book characters you assumed you would be attached too for some time are left headless, gutless or simply gone. Throughout the entire series Martin focuses almost primarily upon one continent.
However there is one character, Daenerys Targaryen, who has been forced to flee to a separate continent as a young girl. At first I remember feeling disorientated and a little slighted at seemingly being provided this perspective which seemed nothing short of pointless. However as I have continued to read, she has become one of my favourite characters.
Dense to the point of labour, but captivating well past my bed time, Martin knows exactly where to draw the line between lots of information and tedious boredom.
Joshua S Hill The novel, A Game of Thrones, begins with an encounter with supernatural beings; this may give a false impression as to what will come. As the story begins to unfold, the theme moves strongly into the area of political intrigue and this forthcoming war that will happen as a result.
The fantasy element, while always there plays only a minor role in the majority of the rest of the book. A Game of Thrones in not your usual fare, it is hard-hitting and bad things do happen to the good people. Two families take centre stage in a battle for the Throne; the Starks and the Lannisters.
The Stark family live in the cold hard North, Winterfell is the seat of their domain. We are, using chapters headlined with the family names, introduced to the Stark family. King Robert is married to a Lannister, Queen Cersei. He is accompanied there by Tyrion Lannister, a dwarf. Although they do not become friends they end up with a grudging respect for each other.
Then, suddenly one day, the King is killed hunting wild boar and Eddard and the Lannister are drawn into a battle for the throne. Finally, at the end, the fantasy element once again returns and we are left looking forward to the second instalment.
This is a very good novel, full of twists and turns. It leaves you wanting more and move on to A Clash of Kings.
Winter can last a lifetime. And the struggle for the Iron Throne has begun. A Song of Ice and Fire: From the ancient citadel of Dragonstone to the forbidding lands of Winterfell, chaos reigns as pretenders to the Iron T The Seven Kingdoms are divided by revolt and blood feud as winter approaches like an angry beast.
In the northern wastes a horde of hungry, sav Robb Stark may be King in the North, but he must bend to the will of the old tyrant Walder Frey if he is to hold his crown. And while his youngest The war in the Seven Kingdoms has burned itself out, but in its bitter aftermath new conflicts spark to life.
In the east, Daener Have you read A Game Of Thrones? It seems like the perfect example for low fantasy to me.A Game Of Thrones A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 1 Summers span decades. Winter can last a lifetime. And the struggle for the Iron Throne has begun. Small Gods (Discworld) [Terry Pratchett] on plombier-nemours.com *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers.
Lost in the chill deeps of space between the galaxies, it sails on forever, a flat, circular world carried on the back of a giant turtle— Discworld —a land where the unexpected can be expected.
Where the strangest things happen to the nicest people. The Truth is a fantasy novel by British writer Terry Pratchett, the twenty-fifth book in his Discworld series, published in The book features the coming of movable type to Ankh-Morpork, and the founding of the Discworld's first newspaper by William de Worde, as he invents investigative journalism with the help of his reporter Sacharissa Cripslock.
From the Taoist beliefs of Ursula Le Guin’s Earthsea books to the complexity of Steven Erikson’s Malazan Book of the Fallen. From the ambition of Stephen Donaldson’s Thomas Covenant books to the beautifully written Realm of the Elderlings by Robin Hobb.
I think I've only read this Pratchett novel once before, and on the re-read, I enjoyed it more than I expected to. Don't get me wrong.
The worst Terry Pratchett novel is still wonderfully enjoyable. A Game Of Thrones A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 1 Summers span decades. Winter can last a lifetime.
And the struggle for the Iron Throne has begun.