Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

Winter is coming.  In a land where seasons can last for decades, even lifetimes, the cold is returning and with it, the Others.  Since few have an encountered an Other and lived to tell the tale, many folks of the Seven Kingdoms of  Westeros don’t believe that they actually exist.  Despite large numbers of disappearances from the Night Watch, the military order responsible for guarding the immense Wall along the northern border of the Seven Kingdoms, the main thing on everyone’s mind is the trouble in King’s Landing, the capital of Westeros.

The Starks are one of the families pulled into the struggle for control of the Iron Throne.  I quickly became attached to these characters and it hurt me to see them caught in the middle of plots and counterplots—to see them suffer tragedy and betrayal.  The Starks are made of stern stuff though, as is Daenerys Targaryen, exiled princess of Westeros.  While the Houses of Baratheon, Lannister, Stark, Tully, Greyjoy, Arryn and Tyrell battle it out in Westeros, across the sea the last heirs of the previously deposed ruling family are making plans to return.

Martin has created a vividly drawn world with well-developed characters and an intense plot.  A combination of family saga, action, intrigue, romance and mystical elements made 674 pages fly by—I seriously considered doing without sleep, food, and water because I wanted to know what happened next.  Good thing for me that the series is already well-underway; I won’t have to wait years to see how the story continues—well, at least until after A Dance With Dragons.  According to Martin’s website, there are still two forthcoming titles in the series:  The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring.  May he write them quickly!


3 Responses so far »

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    Redhead said,

    these books are addictive, aren’t they? lol, welcome to the club of foregoing sleep to read Martin!

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    […] terror over King’s Landing is in full sway.  Joffrey is even more despicable than he was in GoT—thank goodness for Tyrion as he is the only character able and willing to minimize the damage […]

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    Elfy said,

    They’re great books, I’ll be very interested to see how you react to A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons. With the last comment I just had to laugh, George may do many things, but writing quickly is not one of them.

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