Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Winter is Coming
A Game of Thrones
by George R. R. Martin
In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. The cold is returning, and in the frozen wastes to the north of Winterfell, sinister and supernatural forces are massing beyond the kingdom’s protective Wall.
At the center of the conflict lie the Starks of Winterfell, a family as harsh and unyielding as the land they were born to. Sweeping from a land of brutal cold to a distant summertime kingdom of epicurean plenty, here is a tale of lords and ladies, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and bastards, who come together in a time of grim omens. Magic, mystery, intrigue, romance, and adventure fill these pages and transport us to a world unlike any we have ever experienced. Already hailed as a classic, George R. R. Martin’s stunning series is destined to stand as one of the great achievements of imaginative fiction.
A fantasy of epic, no titanic proportions, this is the first of a projected 7 book series. Currently four books have been written. Whether writing battle, romance, intrigue, or politics the believable characters carry the story. My favorite is the Tyrion, the black sheep of the Lannister family, who is stunted by dwarfism and mockingly nicknamed "the Imp". Many chapters end on a cliffhanger which keeps the reader going through all 835 pages. Soon to be a HBO series.