If you like: Murder * War * Epic Fantasy
I am admittedly late to the Game of Thrones party. I will pass along the advice given to me before I started reading: don’t get too attached to any character, because they all die. Though it sounds like an exaggeration, it isn’t that far from the truth. In spite of this, or maybe because of it, Game of Thrones is a compelling story. It is not a fast read by any means. Though I initially struggled to get into the story, I was fully engaged after the first 150 pages. Game of Thrones primarily follows House Stark and House Lannister throughout the struggle for dominance surrounding the death of the king of the Seven Kingdoms.
Though I was sad to see many characters go, there were some that I hoped would meet their demise. [Potential spoiler ahead] Is there anyone else out there who was rooting for Sansa to jump out of her tower window? I don’t often find myself wishing that a tween would kill herself, but Sansa irritated me almost as much as she irritated Arya. Adding to the realism, the characters who do what is right and noble often fare far worse than those who serve themselves. I really enjoyed that the story was not satisfying. All too often good triumphs over evil, and protagonists survive against impossible odds. It is refreshing to follow a different path.
If you have named your house and sword, and know that winter is coming, read Game of Thrones.
Martin, George R.R. A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book One. New York: Bantam Books, 1996. Kindle Edition