A Game Of Thrones/ Urzeala Tronurilor – George R.R. Martin (Review)

16 Sep


 Long ago, in a time forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons out of balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. The cold is returning, and in the frozen wastes to the north of Winterfell, sinister and supernatural forces are massing beyond the kingdom’s protective Wall. At the center of the conflict lie the Starks of Winterfell, a family as harsh and unyielding as the land they were born to. Sweeping from a land of brutal cold to a distant summertime kingdom of epicurean plenty, here is a tale of lords and ladies, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and bastards, who come together in a time of grim omens.
Here an enigmatic band of warriors bear swords of no human metal; a tribe of fierce wildlings carry men off into madness; a cruel young dragon prince barters his sister to win back his throne; and a determined woman undertakes the most treacherous of journeys. Amid plots and counterplots, tragedy and betrayal, victory and terror, the fate of the Starks, their allies, and their enemies hangs perilously in the balance, as each endeavors to win that deadliest of conflicts: the game of thrones.

  My thoughts

 I loved this book and I can’t wait to read A Clash of Kings.

It was confusing at first due to the large number of characters, but once you get used to them this book is    hard to put down. Although it has over 800 pages, A Game of Thrones is fast-paced so it won’t take that much time to be read.

The characters were very interesting, some of them not very likable, but all of them had many-layers and were very believable. Few are totally good or evil, most of them being in the “gray area” making some choices which weren’t that moral or honorable but you could understand why they had to do what they did. The characterizations were done very well and the author doesn’t care if a character is bad or good…they all have the same chance to die in some tragic and horrible way.

The story is told from the perspective of eight main characters and each of them have also their separate storyline. There was something which I didn’t like that much: Daenerys’s chapters. I just think that her role wasn’t that important in this first book (although I’m sure she will become a very important character in the next installments) and I felt that her story didn’t fully connect to the main plot.

The writing was good and it wasn’t pretentious which made the book easy to read. There are a lot of descriptions (places, people) but I think they were necessary.

I recommend this book to everyone, but mostly to the fantasy fans.
PS: It contains a lot of sex scenes and violence.

Descrierea cartii

„Intrigi şi comploturi, tragedii şi tradari, victorii si teroare in vremurile unor prevestiri sumbre. Soarta personajelor principale, a aliatilor şi a dusmanilor lor se afla intr-un echilibru precar, pentru ca fiecare doreste sa castige in jocul cel mai periculos dintre toate: Urzeala tronurilor.“ – Library Journal
„Martin atinge un varf absolut din punctul de vedere al tehnicii narative si al scenelor de actiune. Scriitura, imaginatia, impactul emotional si extraordinara constructie a universului sau presupun o noua definire a genului fantasy.“ – Booklist

Parerea mea

Mi-a placut foarte mult aceasta carte si de abia astept sa citesc Inclestarea Regilor- a doua carte din seria “Cantec de gheata si foc”.

Este destul de confuza la inceput din cauza numarului foarte mare de personaje, dar odata ce te obisnuiesti cu ele nu vei mai putea pune cartea jos. Desi are un numar foarte mare de pagini, nu mi-a luat mult timp sa o citesc pentru ca actiunea se desfasoara foarte repede.

Personajele au fost foarte interesante, unele dintre ele nu foarte simpatizate de mine, insa toate au avut o personalitate complexa si au fost credibile. Putine dintre acestea sunt cu adevarat “bune sau rele”, majoritatea aflandu-se in “zona gri” luand unele decizii care nu au fost morale sau onorabile, dar poti intelege de ce au actionat in acel mod. Caracterizarile au fost facute foarte bine de catre autor, iar acestuia se pare ca nu-i pasa daca personajul se afla de partea binelui sau a raului… toti au aceeasi sansa de a-si gasi sfarsitul intr-un mod tragic.

Povestea este spusa din perspectiva a opt personaje principale, fiecare dintre acestea avand si o poveste separata. Nu prea mi-au placut capitolele ce au avut-o in prim plan pe Daenerys. Nu cred ca rolul ei a fost atat de important in aceasta carte si mi s-a parut ca povestea ei nu s-a prea conectat cu cea principala. Stiu ca ea va avea totusi un rol important in viitoarele carti, dar nu cred ca acest
personaj trebuia sa aiba propriile capitole.

Mi-a placut modul de scriere al autorului, nu a fost pretentios, ceea ce a facut ca aceasta carte sa fie usor de citit. Exista destul de multe descrieri ale oamenilor, locurilor, insa cred ca acestea au fost necesare pentru a intelege mai bine lumea in care se petrece actiunea acestei carti.

Va recomand aceasta carte, in special acelora care sunteti fani ai cartilor fantasy. Totusi, trebuie sa mentionez faptul ca seria contine destul de multa violenta si scene de sex.

My rating         

You can buy it from: amazon.com , bookdepository.co.uk

O puteti cumpara de aici: nemira.ro , libris.ro , elefant.ro


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