“A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1) is the first book in what is shaping up to be an Action/Fantasy of epic proportions. It draws readers of almost every genre with it’s inclusion of love, confusion, treachery, war, the undead, the unknown, and sorcery.
The book begins by depicting Lord Eddard Stark of Winterfell. A gentle, but firm father and ruler of the northernmost city of the Realm of Westeros. It details his anxiety in his role as a father, and his loyalty to his good friend and king, Robert Baratheon.
As is Martin’s style, each chapter is written from a different key character’s point of view, so at first you feel thrown into an ADD nightmare of lords, knights, kings and dragons. However, the chapter sequence levels out after the initial introductions, and it follows a more normal pattern of storytelling (So fear not if the first few chapters are a struggle. Read on, it gets easier).
The story also follows the twisted paths of the tyrannical Lannister family whose needs to have the crown surpasses all others. As they plot, lie, and murder their way to the throne you get a unique view into the mind of the villain.
I believe that readers of all genre types would thoroughly enjoy this read, although I wouldn’t recommend t for all ages. The book does contain highly adult material such as torture, incest, and rape (although I will assure you it is NOT the focal point of the novel). One must remember that this story takes place in a medieval type setting and times were MUCH more brutal.
I am thoroughly anticipating the second book of the series; A Clash of Kings, in the hope that it will be equally as addicting as the first book.