A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Loved the book!!!!!!
Sansa Stark is a spoilt brat, I don't like her at all. When she betrays her family and lies abut what Prince Joffrey did she pays a high price her wolf Lady is slaughtered on the Queen's orders. Lady deserved a better owner. Sansa doesn't learn her next betrayal will cost her Father's men their lives and in order to save her Eddard Stark will falsely claim that Joffrey is the true King.
Eddard Stark is an honorable man. Too bad his honor coast so many lives. He has a secret involving his bastard, Jon Snow. He refuses to reveal Jon's mother's name. It also seems a bit odd that such an honorable man would father a bastard. We learn that his sister Lyanna was very beautiful, that Prince Rhaegar was in love with her and that he died defending the woman he loved. Lyanna died in the mountains of Dorne and before she died she begged for "someone's life" and extracted a promise from Eddard "Ned" Stark. I believe that Jon Snow may turn out to be the son of Prince Rhaegar and Lyanna. Eddard would have been forced to lie about this to prevent Lyanna's betrothed King Robert Baratheon (the unsurper) from killing the child. He ordered all of Prince Rhaegar's children murdered. When Eddard discovers Queen Cersei's secret he goes to her in order to save the "royal" children, because he knows Robert will kill them once he is told the secret. This leads to Eddard's execution after King Robert dies.
Jon Snow is my favorite character, his wolf's name is Ghost. Jon was sent to "The Wall" since Catelyn (Eddard's wife) refused to let him stay at Winterfell. He has risen high in the ranks and has made many friends and enemies.
Arya Stark is another favorite. Before she left for court Jon gave her a sword Needle. She was forced to set her wolf Nymeria lose in the forest to prevent the Queen from having her slaughtered after Nymeria saved Arya from Joffrey. Joffrey hates her and wants her dead. Her dancing master gave his life in order for her to escape when the King's men came for her. She has been successfully hiding from everyone until her Father's execution when she is discovered by Yoren of the Night's Watch. Her part of the story ends with her discovery. I am hoping that Yoren will help her escape from the city.
Robert Stark leads a successful battle against the Lannisters to avenge his Father and is name King of the North and King of Winter. Jamie Lannister (Queen Cersei's twin) is his prisoner at the end of the book.
Daenerys is supposedly the last Targaryen and the true ruler of the Seven Kingdoms. She has an elderly relative on the "The Wall" that she doesn't know about. The Brotherhood of the Nightwatch foreswear their families when they join. The Starks have their wolves and Daenerys has her 3 Dragons.
This book revolves around the Lannister's trying to kill off King Robert before their secret can be discovered and place Prince Joffrey on his throne. Jon Arryn (The King's Hand) discovers the secret and is poisoned. King Robert then ask Eddard Stark to be his hand, determined to uncover the truth about Jon Arryn's death he accepts.
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