GAHHHH THIS BOOK THIS BOOK IS AMAZING I LOVE THIS BOOK I WANT TO READ THIS BOOK OVER AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN WHERE IS THE NEXT BOOK WHY DO I HAVE SO MANY BOOKS ON MY READING LIST I HAVE ALL THESE BOOKS TO GET THROUGH AAAAAGGGGHHHH
Okay. That’s better.
Sorry about the sudden burst of insanity. See, I finished reading A Game of Thrones, and now I see why everyone can’t stop talking about it. It is what fantasy should be. A coherent and vivid world, characters that leap off the pages and seem so real you could just start talking to them and they’d talk back (but if they do that I would be concerned), and a comfortable combination of both action and romance.
In the kingdom of Westeros, summer can last years and winter can last for a lifetime. And it appears, by all accounts, that, yes, winter is in fact coming. (As we are informed. Repeatedly. It’s like Eddard Stark was trying to start an Internet meme.) King Robert asks his old friend Ned Stark to preside as the King’s Hand; but there are dark suspicions regarding the previous Hand’s death. Ned’s son Bran is nearly murdered, the seat of the kingdom is rife with dirty politics, and Joffrey, heir to the throne, is the kind of teenage boy that you want to slap around on principle. While Ned starts investigating the death of the old Hand and his wife investigates who tried to kill her son, it slowly becomes clear to the guards on the northernmost wall (including Ned’s bastard son Jon) that the legendary White Walkers are returning.
Meanwhile, across the sea, the children of the old usurped king are allying themselves with the Dothraki people. Viserys is a whiny idiot, and Danaerys is made of Pure Unmitigated Awesome. (I might be a bit of a Dany fangirl.)
Pictured above: An adorable death machine. And also a dragon.
The characters make some great decisions and make some really stupid decisions, which leads us to an all-out war.
Right as the book ends.
…I need the sequel now.
On a related note, George R.R. Martin would like murder you for $20,000. What a nice guy!