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.

Review

Yes, I have read this book before. Yes, I have watched the TV series. The first season of the TV show holds very true to the books, so much so that this is the first time I have been able to finish this book since watching the show. You’d think that would cut a star from the book, but no – it’s only because I knew exactly what would happen. Now enough time has passed that the book was remembered and refreshing, some elements forgotten.

For anyone new to the series, A Game of Thrones is, what I call, historic fantasy. It’s set in a time that comes straight from our own history but also has roots of magic and dragons that add the element of fantasy to it. Each chapter of the book is told from the view point of a particular character. It’s not first person, but instead follows one character, their interactions, and provides you their point of view only. You don’t get the thought and feelings of other character’s mentioned in that chapter – just the chapter’s titular character. Despite that, you don’t seem to miss out on anything. The characters that are given to you span most of the world and provide the filler details, leaving you to intersect their stories and gather a conclusion of what maybe occurring.

The one thing I love about these books, and the reason for the five star review, is that on a second – or even third or fourth read – you pick up hints and clues to things that are going to happen in the future. A dream that was seemingly innocent can be a prediction for what was to occur, a prophecy that seems unlikely to ever come true at face value actually has a different meaning. It is this level of intrigue that draws me into these books, sifting through the words for the deeper meaning that I never knew was there.

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