Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire) By George R. R. Martin
( via Goodreads) “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 counterplots, 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.”
After Jon Arryn, hand of the king, dies (or is killed), the king of Westeros, Robert Baratheon, rides from King’s landing to Winterfell. His arrival and the events that take place set the plot for the rest of the book. Eddard Stark, the Lord of Winterfell, is appointed the new Hand. The kings son Joffrey is arranged to marry Lord Stark’s daughter, Sansa, and Brandon Stark is witness to a dangerous secret.
First off, this is one of the greatest fantasy series since “The Lord of the Rings.”
I love how he defines every character. There are no small parts in his books.
It is easy to learn each characters story. Each chapter is written from one characters perspective. I love it!
This series has everything! It is not the simplest series to explain, I can mostly just tell you how fantastic it is!
Of course I have the characters I love, and the characters I hate. I love Jon Snow, Daenerys Targaryen, Catelyn Stark, and Tyrion Lannister.
I hate the rest of the Lannisters, Joffrey, and pretty much everyone else in Kings landing.
Despite all the characters I hate, I really do love this series.
Also, this is a television series on HBO. The show is fantastic too, and has some good actors.
If you have not read these books, read them. They are amazing. And if you have not seen the show….watch it.