Game of Thrones
by George R. R. Martin
Fans of fantasy will find the Song of Ice and Fire series by George R. R. Martin highly addictive. TV lovers will also recognize this series as the inspiration for the popular HBO series, Game of Thrones. The first novel in the series (Game of Thrones), introduces the cast of characters in this epic fantasy. Set in an imaginary world where summer and winter can last a heartbeat or decades, the land of Westeros is divided into north and south and encompasses seven former kingdoms united under one ruler. When we enter the story, Robert Baratheon has overthrown the Mad King Aerys of House Targaryen and now rules with Queen Cersei from the Iron Throne. Meanwhile, the true heirs to the throne, Viserys and Daenerys Targaryen, are exiles in a far off land. After the sudden death of his advisor, Jon Arryn, Robert and his entourage visit his old friend Lord Eddard Stark at the Stark family stronghold, Winterfell. Soon Eddard heads to court with his daughters, Sansa and Arya, as the new right-hand of the King. Eddard suspects foul-play in the death of Jon Arryn, but does not guess the depth of the danger that lies ahead for himself and his family. We quickly learn that many aspire to the Iron Throne, and all of them will kill for it...
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Reviews by Christina J. J. Gangwisch