Summers span decades. Winter can last a lifetime. And the struggle for the Iron Throne has begun.
As Warden of the north, Lord Eddard Stark counts it a curse when King Robert bestows on him the office of the Hand. His honour weighs him down at court where a true man does what he will, not what he must … and a dead enemy is a thing of beauty.
The old gods have no power in the south, Stark’s family is split and there is treachery at court. Worse, the vengeance-mad heir of the deposed Dragon King has grown to maturity in exile in the Free Cities. He claims the Iron Throne.
Game of Thrones was one of those daunting books that I just thought I would be so confused and never be able to get through. My husband has read the series (at least the books that are out) a few times. I really enjoy the show, but Paul said that the HBO story line is going away from the books, so I thought it was finally time to try and take the dive.
- The world-building was immaculate. Martin created this whole universe, multiple family story lines and numerous characters. I really want to read an interview of how he created the whole world, because it is so immense. Amazing!
- The writing was well done. I was really worried that it would be dull, over the top and over descriptive. I felt that it flowed well and was done in just the right way to make the book appeal to quite a few demographics.
- I love Jon Snow, probably even more after the HBO show, but he is definitely a book boyfriend!
- Khaleesi is my favorite character in the HBO show, so I loved getting more of her back story in the books. I love how she grows into a strong leading woman and cannot wait until I learn more in the rest of the series.
- There are so many characters, that I was overwhelmed sometimes with who is who. After watching the show for four seasons, it was a lot easier to pick up the book because I knew the main characters, name and family histories.
- Sometimes there was extra descriptive detail in the most random places, it felt like unnecessary fluff.