A Song of Ice and Fire (George R.R. Martin) - book reviewIt is the first book in "A Song of Ice and Fire" series. Will previously found a camp full of dead bodies, but the bodies have now vanished. Royce is attacked and killed by supernatural beings called the Others, but he rises from the dead to kill Will. Gared flees. Bran Stark is a young boy who watches his father, Lord Eddard Stark, execute Gared for abandoning his post as a member of the Night's Watch. After the execution, Eddard's two older sons, Robb and Jon, discover a gigantic dead direwolf and her six living cubs.
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The story begins with the kingdom of Winterfell facing both external and internal dangers. Beyond her borders, the cold is returning, a dragon prince is scheming to win back his lost kingdom, and the eggs of supposedly long extinct dragons are beginning to hatch. Within Winterfell itself, war soon erupts when the king is murdered by a family grasping for unlawful power. Many fans of sword-and-sorcery will enjoy the epic scope of this book, something of a change of pace for Martin, who has spent the last decade working for television and who has long been honored for his award-winning stories e. Still, to my mind, this opening installment suffers from one-dimensional characters and less than memorable imagery.
Back in the summer, I wrote a blog about the interesting new David Gemmell Legend Award for fantasy and asked why fantasy novels are viewed so negatively by those that don't actually read them. Hundreds of people came on to comment and as the debate proceeded it became clear that I myself actually knew next to nothing about contemporary fantasy novels. I was soon challenged to address my ignorance — and given a host of recommendations as to where I should start. I accepted the challenge and began my re-education pretty quickly, believe it or not, even though a full six months have passed since then. Which is a mighty pages long. A pretty terrifying figure if you consider that this is one of the shorter entries in a projected seven-part series.
There is much in George R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire that follows the conventions of the fantasy genre, sometimes quite narrowly.
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