|Mass Market Paperback: 864 pages
Publisher: Bantam; Mti Rep edition (March 22, 2011)
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A violent, sexually driven medieval kingdom called Westeros, in which the most powerful families battle it out for control of the Iron Throne, and the kingship of Westeros.
Eddard Stark – Patriarch of the Stark Family, Hand to King Robert Baratheon, and Lord of Winterfell.
Tyrion Lannister – Dwarf with a smart ass attitude, but seems to be a more decent person than his family.
It took me a long time to get around to reading this book. The mere size of each volume is a bit intimidating. But once you read it, and begin to understand the characters, it becomes quite the addiction. Each chapter focuses on a specific character, and alternates beteen a core group of the characters and how the events relate to them. The characters are very well developed, the plotlines are thrilling, and there are constant cliffhangers.
Unlike many novels though in the fantasy genre, this one doesn’t rely as much on the basic fantasy elements, elves, trolls, orcs, etc. Instead the protagonists are humans, wildlings, and others not yet seen.
Due to a lot of the sexual content and violence though, this is definitely one for older readers, but if you are a fan of edgy fantasy, on an epic scale, then you definitely need to pick up A Game of Thrones.
About the Author
George R.R. Martin sold his first story in 1971 and has been writing professionally since then. He spent ten years in Hollywood as a writer-producer, working on The Twilight Zone, Beauty and the Beast, and various feature films and television pilots that were never made.
In the mid ’90s he returned to prose, his first love, and began work on his epic fantasy series, A Song of Ice and Fire.
He has been in the Seven Kingdoms ever since. Whenever he’s allowed to leave, he returns to Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he lives with the lovely Parris, and two cats named Augustus and Caligula, who think they run the place.