A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
Game of Thrones has successfully awoken the 'little-kid fascinated in fantasy novels' in me...although I use the term 'fantasy novel' loosely. Truthfully Martin's first book is the mere beginning of an epic story - or rather, number of stories - as told by several key characters. The book is both adult and childlike, humorous and dramatic, serious and whimsical, but never, ever a chore to read. When Jordan says GOT 'grabs hold and won't let go', he means it.
Submitted by Chris Roberts
This book takes place in a time similar to that of the Medieval Era. The book (A Game of Thrones)starts out at a place called Winterfell, which is a homestead in the North, south of The Wall where the Crows or Black Brothers await raidings from the wildings from the far North. This book is about several different people, starting each chapter with a different persons point of view. This is a very clever idea, giving the reader a chance to feel what the person is feeling, making the book go more in depth. And each chapter ends making the reader want to keep reading because Martin ends each chapter with a new and exciting idea.
Submitted by T. C.
What an excellent book....I only came upon it by accident as the Card Game based on it was recently released and finding it a very good game, was intrigued by the myriad of strong characters (and highly recommended by those whom have read it)
As with the common remarks made here, this is not your typical "farm boy does good" storyline but rather a complex intricate story about a Kingdom initially at "peace".....what is special is way these characters are well developed...each chapter is presented from the viewpoint of a character, making you feel and appreciate their views, without fully realising what else happening elsewhere (in their views)
All in all, highly recommended and not at all "slow at start" as some claim but definately far superior to Wheel series..
Submitted by Kerri
I just finished this enormous novel and was nearly overwhelemed at the intensity of it. This is unlike any of the sff books I typically read. I love action packed stories, filled with characters who despite all odds defeat the evil, whatever it may be. (Okay so I love the typical cliche.)
This book is told in the point of view of eight main characters, most of which are quite despicable, and draws out a very detailed story of political intriege and backstabbing. Though hard to really fall in love with any of the characters and despite one of the main characters meeting a tragic end by the end of the book (I'm known for leaving a book before I'm even finished reading it because a favorite character dies before their time) I couldn't put it down. The book was so vivid and detailed and intense I just kept reading. This book is like Friday afternoon soaps, though the characters are highborn wretches, sons and daughters of sisters and brothers, you just have to tune in Monday to find out what happens next.
I have to hand it to George Martin, though this is not a typical fantasy novel and one which I would call introductory, it's full of interesting and intriguing people and plots. For something out of the ordinary this is the book for you.
Submitted by Anonymous