I wanted to avoid saying what everyone else has said about this book and series. But oh well..
“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”
To make my love coherent here are my top ten reasons that this book is awesome. ( In no particular order)
- Multiple points of view.
- Foreshadowing. I saw the first two seasons before even reading the books. Then, I read the third book before reading any of the other books in the series to prepare myself for the third season of the show. So if you have seen and/or read the third installment in the series you know what happens. I found it fun to see what the foreshadowing meant to the future books. The foreshadowing made me really see that George r.r. Martin had a plan on where the series would go even in the first book.
- Expansive world. Every detail has a point. There is a lot of back story. I recently read a book that the more I learned about the world the less interesting it sounded. I crave more back story with this series.
- Every character matters. Small characters matter.
- It is 800+ and every page matters.
- Characters are grey. I actually find myself siding with the really dark characters on a couple of things in this book. In result of this fact you will that there are so many different opinions on events and characters. People will love certain characters and hate others. You will not find that in most books because we are meant to love the good guys exclusively.
- Characters do not get a free pass when they do stupid things.
- It has a lot of funny moments.
- When things happen they do not just disappear. If a character experiences trauma it is apart of their character and will be mentioned again.