“Never forget what you are, for surely the world will not. Make it your strength. Then it can never be your weakness. Armour yourself in it, and it will never be used to hurt you.” — Tyrion Lannister in A Game of Thrones
George R.R. Martin’s epic series A Song of Fire and Ice has surely captured readers around the world and brought the realm of The Realm to life. From the Wall, to Westeros and beyond, unforgettable characters and places continue to charm and enchant readers like me. I’ve finished the last book, Dance With Dragons, last year and have, ever since, waited in curious anticipation for the next book. Believe it or not, I’ve been praying for Martin’s health so he could finish the series in this lifetime!
Written in a style where the narrators vary from each character’s point of view in every chapter, you get to see the world of Westeros through different sets of eyes and their respective morals and philosophies. It made me understand how a character thought and did what they did. This gave the whole story a life of its own.
Martin created a world quite different from our own and yet resoundingly similar in every way. Mythical creatures and ideas abound, from dire wolves to dragons, red priests to white walkers, Bravos to the Wall. However, in whatever world people are in, there will always be love and hatred, intrigue and jealousy, war and greed.
Aside from the main characters, the book was peppered with a myriad players, each one quite interesting. Tyrion Lannister is my favourite character of all. I see a wise and big-hearted person in the creature everyone in Westeros calls the “Half-man”. Quite despicable in the early chapters of A Game of Thrones and slowly emerged like a dark horse in the race for “who’s-the-real-hero-here?”. When I got to the fifth book, I found Tyrion to be quite the man of my dreams, blind to the fact that he is, after all, a midget.
To be continued . . .