If you have watched the HBO show already or are know nothing about the story A Game of Thrones By George R. R. Martin is a must. The land of Westeros is filled with family feuds, fights for power and lots of emotions. See all the characters while they are still young and alive. Understand why even after being published for twenty years it is still one of the highest rated and talked about book series.
In a land where seasons are so off balance that they can last decades, follow the Starks, Baratheons, Lannisters and many other families lose their trust in each other and try and kill one another. Watch secret alliances form only to fall apart with deception and trickery.
When the king of Westeros dies with no legitimate heir the fight begins. With every family fighting for a claim, chaos breaks out. Wars are fought and many civilians and high lords meet their fatal end. In the words of Cersei Lannister, the queen regent, “when you play the game of thrones you win or you die”.
While everyone is fighting for the crown in the south the men in the north are facing a much larger problem. After one of the longest recorded summers comes to an end, the predicted lifelong winter seems to be brewing and with it come the dead. White walkers seem to be rising from the graves and marching south without anyone stopping them except a 700-foot wall and a few men sworn to protect it.
Hear from different perspectives throughout the story as each chapter is from the perspective of a different character. As the story progresses you feel more and more connected with the different characters and you hear their emotions and secret thoughts. A Game of Thrones is not a book for the fainthearted. In George R.R. Martin’s stories, no character is safe from meeting the bitter end, whether it be by sword, melted gold, fire and countless other ways.
This book series has a huge following due to the readers and watchers getting so invested in the characters and always wanting to know what is next. Because every character is liable to die they never know who will live and who will and die who will eventually end up on the throne. George R. R. Martin notoriously takes years to write new books so in the meantime the following grows and people wait anxiously to hear what will happen.
The world of Westeros awaits.
Reviewed by Sarah C ’18