I've been trying to write a full review of A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin, but I can't. I just can't, because all I can think to say is basically gushing about my feelings (Look, I get that's what a review is, to an extent, but in this case, I'm just going "AHHHHH!"). And I've read a few others recently that I've liked a lot but haven't been able to completely wrap my mind around yet, so I thought I'd just give a little update on some of my recent favorites.
*Spoilers will be marked, but proceed with caution*
Oh my goodness. So, I've been putting off reading this for years, being scared of large books with a large character list and all. But one of my best friends got me this book for Christmas and I said I'd start it for her. One day and 400 pages later, I was completely into the series. Here's how I know: I love looking up fan art and fan theories about books I've read, which sometimes leads me into spoiler territory, but that's usually not a problem for me. This time, I'm actively avoiding spoilers. I loved this story so much that I need to catch up on the series before I do any of the social medias--even Goodreads (well, I gave it a five-star rating, but that's it, I swear).
If you don't know what this is about, here's a quick overview: In a fantasy world (with qualities similar to those of medieval society), different lords and ladies begin to make plays for the throne to rule the Seven Kingdoms.
As you know, my thoughts about this one go something like incomprehensible shrieking. I was so scared to get attached to anyone because I know George R.R. Martin is notorious for killing off characters, but I couldn't help it. In the first thirty pages, I was already attached to at least three (Jon Snow especially. That scene when they find the direwolves? Fantastic). I'll admit I would skip ahead to see who the next chapter would be about, and if it was about Daenerys, I'd keep reading. If it was Ned, I'd probably stop. But that's mainly because of all the politics involved in his chapters.
I absolutely loved the world of this book. Sometimes first books in series get bogged down with details and describing all the intricacies of the political systems, but this one didn't. Or, if it did, I can't wait to read the next one and find out what it's like when it's not bogged down.
All right, last thing I'll say about this one (for now). Don't be scared of the many, many characters. Most of them constantly get introduced as "the brother of" or "the daughter of" another character. And, there are handy dandy family trees at the back of the book.