• Book: Game of Thrones
  • Series: Song of Ice and Fire Book 1
  • Author: George R.R. Martin
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Year of Release: 1996
  • Read 835-page paperback edition in August 2012.

Book Description: A number of characters from a variety of noble houses and backgrounds come together in this tale of mystery, intrigue, romance, and adventure.  In a land where summers and winters can last decades, a cold winter is on the way, and along with the cold winds, dangers to the King are coming as well, which will effect the peoples of the Land in more ways then can be understood.

Book Review: Disclaimer, many friends have told me to read this book and/or watch the HBO series.  I have not seen the series yet, wanting my book experience to be totally pure.  And although I found this long novel to be enjoyable in many parts, and a fast read as the reader wants to discover the variety of plots and sub-plots that are occurring, I have two overall complaints.  First, this is the first book of a large series meaning the author is trying to set up a lot of material, and thus in many ways this book largely felt a “set up” of setting, characters, and plot that will be uncovered in later books.  Secondly, I found the large number of characters to sometimes be difficult to keep track of, and almost detracting from the overall story, as it almost became too broad and expansive.  That being said, those two points aside, this was a solid start to an intense, graphic fantasy series.

Overall: 3.5 stars out of 5 stars.