Are You Ready to Play a Game of Thrones?
A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin, Book One of a Song of Fire and Ice.
I have to admit that I was drawn to this book after viewing the first episode of the HBO miniseries Game of Thrones. After reading the first few chapters, I made an effort to read the entire book in two weeks, so that I could be ahead of the show.
This book is simply amazing. Martin's detailed character development is flawless, from the main character Lord Ned Stark of Winterfell's unflinching integrity and honor, to even the obscure Lord Walder Frey of the Crossings, who could never understand why no one wanted to marry his daughters.
Martin is a master of making significant characters insignificant, while making the insignificant lords and ladies of the realm significant. This book deals with family relationships, sibling rivalries, cultural distinctions among the seven ruling familes of the Seven Kingdoms, as well as their banners and sayings, which include the direwolf and "The winter is coming" from the Starks of Winterfell, and the lion and "Hear me Roar" from the Lannisters of Casterly Rock.
Martin not only highlights the heroes, heroines and tricksters of the Seven Kingdoms, but he also masterfully makes the reader beg for more as he quietly exposes the enemies of the kingdom, such as the Others beyond the Wall and the Dothraki across the Narrow Sea.
Finally, you know a book is outstanding when you are reading a novel in order to read the next book in the series. I am already reading Book Two of a Song of Fire and Ice, A Clash of Kings.
Please join me on this literary adventure.