Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire #1) by George R. R. Martin
(Bantam Books, 2011, 835 pages)
I’d been hearing for ages how good this series was but I didn’t think it would suck me in. I picked up the first book in the series at our annual book sale last year (it’s coming up, April 13-15, 2015!) for 50 cents, so I took advantage of the “free” moments during my maternity leave to start reading it. I was so surprised at how much I enjoyed it! My husband was thrilled when he saw me reading the book and wants me to watch the HBO series with him (we’ll see if I can find the time…).
The book is written from the perspective of multiple characters and I’m having a hard time thinking of how best to summarize it so I’m going to channel Theresa and turn to Amazon for a synopsis:
“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.”
Even if you’re not typically a reader of fantasy I think you’d find this to be an entertaining and absorbing read. I look forward to continuing the series 🙂