01 December 2009
Game of Thrones
Before I tell you my thoughts on George R.R. Martin's Game of Thrones, let me give you a brief history of how I got interested in this series.
When I was in Jordan, I had finished all the books I took with me. Drew let me borrow one of his, which was the short story anthology called Legends Vol. II. That is where I first read "The Hedge Knight" and enjoyed it immensely.
A few years later as I tried to decide on some new fantasy books to check out, I noticed that Greg's blog has book reviews. I started going through them and saw this review and the author's name jogged my memory. I definitely put it on my Christmas list way back in '06.
With that being said, I would like to thank Greg and Drew because the book is awesome. It definitely hooks you right from the beginning and keeps you on your toes. There are funny parts, sad parts, and shocking parts. You can go from kids being thrown out of windows, to a deformed dwarf mocking everyone, to graphic sex with minors in just a few chapters.
I want to make some predictions about a few characters, there could be some spoilers in here.
-Jon Snow, the bastard son of Eddard (Ned) Stark, will turn out to be someone very important. I wonder if he is actually the son of Lyanna (Ned's sister) and Rhaegar Targaryen. Ned keeps remembering Lyanna as she died and how she kept saying "Promise me." At first we are led to believe that she means that he must promise to take her back to Winterfell when she dies. Later when Ned is delirious he remembers when Rhaegar wins a tournament and gives the crown of beauty to Lyanna instead of his own wife. I believe that instead of kidnapping and raping Lyanna, they ran off together, had a kid, but she died during childbirth or shortly after. Ned came and found the child and promised to raise him.
-Dany and her dragons will raise some kind of army and come back to reclaim her throne. In fact, I am kind of rooting for her. I wonder if she and Jon are destined to be together...since the Targaryen's married brother and sister to keep the lines pure.
-Arya will find her direwolf at some point. Plus she will become a great swordsman.
-Hopefully Robb and Joffrey square off in battle. Joffrey is easily the most unlikeable character in the book. The way he changes when he becomes king is cool. Or it would be great if the Hound killed Joffrey while protecting Sansa.
Anyways, just a few of my thoughts on the book. I started the second book, and should be done with it in a few days.