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 counter-plots, 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.
I am a huge fan of epic fantasies. Brent Weeks? Love. Deborah Chester? Love. Brandon Sanderson? Love. And now, George R R Martin? Undeniable complete adoration.
I got pulled into the game through Chrissy and Hime (Buggy’s Hay Hay). They have been watching the HBO show and reading the book. I wikipedia-ed the book series and knew instantly that I was going to be sucked into the world. I tried to keep myself away, but I had no chance.
Hime describes the book series perfectly: “Don’t get attached to the characters.” And this is true. There’s magic, political intrigue, murder, backstabbing, and all the other great dramas that remind you of Greek tragedies. There are shady characters that you will end up loving at times and honorable characters that you want to beat across the head.
George R R Martin weaves this amazing tale through the point of views of many different characters. I like this because you get to see the world through various eyes and get a better understanding of the politics and the world itself. There’s great imagery and the world hails to a Medieval like feel of our history, along with Eastern and nomadic cultures. Even though there are similarities, Martin’s world is a world of its own, paying close attention to the people and showing magic as mystical as it really is.
It took me a while to read this book, but it wasn’t because of its 800+ page length. The book is an easy read and it does pull you in easily. My issue was more that I was busy with cleaning and organizing. For anyone who loves a good epic fantasy and you’re not afraid to risk losing your favorite character; start reading George R R Martin’s books.