“A Game Of Thrones” Is the first novel in a seven planned saga. Four have been released to date.
This epic fantasy focuses primarily on the House of Stark, whom’ reside and lead a town called Winterfell. Winterfell exists in the cold hard north, and is generally a peaceful community. Though things for the moment are going well for Winterfell and House Stark, life for this town can be tough, especially with winter closing in. Winters in this area are often times brutal and relentless, sometimes lasting for years at a time. Though this is a great concern for the community and the Starks, it is soon diminished when huge events suddenly take place.
After the sudden death of Jon Arryn.. Robert Baratheon, King of the Seven Kingdoms soon arrives in Winterfell to meet with old friend Lord Eddard Stark (Husband of Catalyn Stark, father of Bran Stark, Arya Stark Sansa Stark, Robb Stark, and Jon Snow). While he does come to get back in touch with Eddard, he also comes with a surprising request. One that Eddard would rather avoid at all costs. The request? He would like him to replace Jon Arryn as Hand of the King, the monarch’s closest advisor. After sudden revelations and dramatic events, Eddard reluctantly decides to accept his offer and leaves Winterfell to act as Hand of the King. This is when the real trouble begins.
Soon after his initiation as the king’s hand, yet another sudden and suspicious death occurs, this time of King Robert. Amongst other equally disturbing events and discoveries, the situation for Eddard soon turns from bad to worst, as a truly dangerous and potentially deadly game begins to unfold — the game of thrones.
Filled with creative plot twists, compelling characters, and unique writing, “A Game Of Thrones” grabs the reader and never lets go. George RR Martin’s unique style and multiple point-of-view approach leaves the reader hanging with each and every chapter. It also allows the reader to really identify with the characters; to get to know them, see what makes them tick — even the ones they may hate. From beginning to end, “A Game of Thrones” compels and captivates the reader.
All in all, If you’re searching for a type of Fantasy that is a bit more realistic (and perhaps darker) than many out there, then this is one for you. For there are no elves, gnomes, or mischievous faeries — No. The truly frightening forces behind this intense story are the people themselves. When reading this quite lengthy novel, I had so much trouble simply putting it down. Simply moving away from it. It’s that good.
So check out “A Game of Thrones,” you won’t be disappointed. In fact, you may find yourself drawn into this grizzly and wondrous world, much like I was when reading this amazing piece of work.