Friday, July 26, 2013

Beyond the Wall: Exploring George R. R. Martin's a Song of Ice and Fire

Rating : 3 stars
Read : March 30th to April 4th, 2013
Format Read : Kindle Edition

"We read fantasy to find the colors again, I think. To taste strong spices and hear the songs the sirens sang. There is something old and true in fantasy that speaks to something deep within us, to the child who dreamt that one day he would hunt the forests of the night, and feast beneath the hollow hills, and find a love to last forever somewhere south of Oz and north of Shangri-La." 

This book is an insightful look in the world created by George R.R. Martin in the A Song of Ice and Fire series.

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In each chapter you’ll read one different topic regarding the series, from the prophecies, to the romancism , to a study in some of the characters. It will show some of the theories and discuss some of the main events of the series.

I did not agree with some of the  points (like the view on Sansa, I don’t think she remains passive through the whole story…she gained strength and  it's constantly shown how much she grows, doing the best she can in that nest of vipers) but overall, the point is to discuss the series and realize just how rich the story is. 
If you haven't read the books...WHY NOT?
It's just...
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Anyway, it’s one of those series that enthralls you and transports you to a different time and world. You can see a parallel between Westeros and the medieval era, with all the Lords, the banners and above all the brutality. You get complex characters, not black and white but in several shades of grey. In fact, many characters you may not like in the beginning and came later to realize that they had became one of your favorites (Yep that happened to me. I love Jaime <3 ). 

Then we get the fantasy element in the story. But it’s like it sneaks on us, showing that in that time, people no longer believe in magic or the Others…it’s the stuff of legends and while years back it was a reality, people started to forget or doubt that even existed. Fantasy is not the key element of the story but the characters, and how they react with their world and elements they can't control.

" That’s the thing about fantasy. Set aside the strange trappings, erase the swirl of magic and strike the fairy-tale castles, and you have elves and dwarves, and evil orcs that the author has to make, in the end, human; if the readers cannot identify with the sensibilities of these characters as they react to the pressure of their surroundings, the book, like any book shelved under any label, will fail. "

So I recommend this book to all the fans of this amazing series that are always eager to know more and immerse themselves in it. And of course, besides watching the TV show, it does make the waiting a little more bearable. 

Oh and don’t forget….

“Winter is coming” 

*egalley kindly provided via netgalley in exchange of an honest review

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