Loyalty. Politics. Romance. Conspiracy. Incest. Betrayal. Murder. Witchcraft. Sex. All of these make George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones, the first book in a seven-part series, a very good read.
In aGoT we are introduced to the Starks and the Lannisters and the Targaryens. We also get to meet characters we would learn to love and loathe as the story progresses. My favorites from the first book are Jon Stark – the bastard son of the Lord of Winterfell, Arya Stark – the tomboyish younger daughter of the Lord of Winterfell, and Tyrion Lannister – a dwarf and brother to the Queen and probably blessed by Martin with the most classic of lines.
Martin acknowledges at the end of the book that “The devil is in the details… A book this size has a lot of devils, any of which will bite you if you don’t watch out.” Don’t let this deter you from grabbing a copy. The plot is not that confusing although it helps if you have watched HBO’s faithful adaptation of the first book.
And by the way, the paperback edition is 807 pages long with tiny font size and tiny space between lines. It’s a daunting task. I haven’t tried to read that compact of a book since Anne Rice’s latter novels which took me months to finish. I practically spent 3/4 of my long weekend reading but it was so worth it.