a wife who is convinced her husband was murdered,
a lord who dies because of his honor,
a mother who seeks vengeance against a lion,
a daughter who loves a monster,
a girl who learns the dance of the sword,
a son who escapes two assassinations but not unscathed,
a man who raises an army to avenge the death of his father,
a boy who stands upon a wall of ice in hopes of shedding his bastard name,
a commander who hones derelict boys into men of winter,
a coward who finds strength where others fail,
a king who drinks and fornicates at the expense of his royal subjects,
a sister who plots to place an illegitimate heir on the throne,
a warrior who allows pride to aid in his capture,
a dwarf who evades justice,
a prince who hides the demon inside behind a mask of golden locks,
a spider and his web of spies,
a pimp who pines for a childhood lover,
a prince who sells his sister in greed for the promise of a long-lost kingdom,
a princess who has the strength to tame a khal and the blood to be the mother of dragons.
Life is a game and the victor will claim the throne. But this game of thrones steals attention from where it is needed most. It has been a long summer, too long. The people have forgotten their ancestors’ alliance against the cold and evil danger in the north and instead they scheme against one another. A king falls. Three stake a claim for the Iron Throne. Civil war breaks and the land’s thirst is quenched with blood. The wolves howl and the crows caw. The Others stalk the north. Dragons enter the world again. And soon, very soon, winter will come.
Game of Thrones had a huge fan following, but with release of the HBO series, it has exploded. I admit, I had only picked up these books because I was sucked into the story within the first episode on HBO. Needless to say, I read every book released (through Book 5 – Dances with Dragons) before HBO’s season 1 concluded. If you insist on reading these, you must know this series is NOT for those looking for a quick and easy read. Nor is it for someone expecting happy endings. Good people die. Bad people prosper. You will throw these books against the wall in frustration. You will cry agonizing tears. You will rage against injustice. You will wonder why in the world you ever picked up this book. But you will never put it down. Your will fight off the fatigue in your eyes as sleep tries to claim you just to read one more chapter. And you will discover it will probably be one of the best books you ever read.
Overall rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Appropriate for ages 16 and up.
For more information about George R.R. Martin, check out his website!.