One title: A Game of Thrones.
One name: George R.R. Martin.
If so, I admire your taste. (Or your friend’s taste, or your coworker’s taste, or your parent’s taste. Whoever spoke this title and/or this man’s name.)
If not (and even so), take a stroll with me. Or, well, a scroll, seeing as you’re reading this and not walking beside me, listening.
Let me start off by saying that I’m not a huge fantasy fan. I know. I’m sorry. Shame me if you must; HOWEVER, even though I am not as well acquainted with foreign worlds in fiction as I am this one, that does not stop or slow my love for A Song of Ice and Fire (the name of the series in which A Game of Thrones is the first book). This series has got it all, and once you’re in, you’re in. In. Invested. Theorizing. Obsessed.
Because I know I cannot and will not do it justice by trying to explain, the following is a direct quote from George R.R. Martin’s website:
“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.”
And as if it couldn’t get any better, HBO has adapted the books into a TV series.
(A warning: these books and this show are not for those who take offense easily. It is not for those with weak stomachs. This story is raw. It is fantasy, but it is true. The people are kind, and the people are cruel. They are playing the Game of Thrones, they are fighting a war, and George R.R. Martin portrays it as such.)
If I have swayed you with my (and other’s) words and you are interested in beginning your own journey into A Song of Ice and Fire, HERE is a link to the first book (as well as the TV series) in our catalog.
The order of the books thus far is as follows:
A Game of Thrones
Clash of Kings
A Storm of Swords
A Feast for Crows
A Dance with Dragons
Good luck! Let me know what you think.