This is an epic novel following several ruling families or houses in a fantasy land where summer lasts for decades and winters can last a lifetime. There is a mixture of magic, science fiction, and paranormal. Plus a dose of romance and plenty of battle scenes to keep the men happy and interested.
About this book:
A long time ago in this amazing fantasy land, the House of Targaryen ruled. Their animal to call was the dragon which followed them into the battlefield and won them the kingdom. But all the dragons died. And their king was overthrown and the last of the Dragonstones fled across the seas.
Now the king is from the House of Baratheon, but he is a drinking womanizing king who let’s others run his kingdom. Mostly working behind the King is his wife’s family from the House of Lannister. The king’s brother-in-law is actually called the kingslayer – which would make me nervous as a king – but he is the one who killed the Targaryen and won them the throne. The king though relies on his best friend who is the head of the House of Stark. This household is the main focus of this book. We are told the story through the eyes of the Stark family whose symbol is a direwolf (a bigger than normal wolf that scares everyone.) The Starks motto is “Winter is coming” and this is a haunting threat that follows us through the book.
There are other houses in play as well, such as Lady Stark’s sister who married into the House of Arryn. Their castle is way up in the sky and the loneliness of it has driven Lady Arryn a bit mad and she has brought up her son in her crazy image. She won’t even come to the aid of her father and brother at the House of Tully.
It’s the combination of all these other houses which makes this novel truly a masterpiece of woven stories.
- I love the characters and world building of this novel.
- I love how the stories intertwine.
But this novel is about more than that. There is a paranormal side to this storyline. In this first book, it is all about one house fighting against another, but soon – maybe when ‘winter comes’ – they will need to band together and fight a worse enemy… the zombies. I hate zombies. I don’t know if I can continue to read the series when the zombies reach the Wall. But in the meantime, I want to see what happens to the Stark children as they travel their own paths. I want to see the evil get their punishments and innocent be protected. And maybe what makes all this so enjoyable is that there is this threat of winter coming hanging over our heads.
Learn about other books in this series:
- Book #2: A Clash of Kings (A Song of Ice and Fire, #2)
- Book #3: A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire, #3)
- Book #4: A Feast for Crows (A Song of Ice and Fire, #4)
- Book #5: A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire, #5)
- Book #6: The Winds of Winter (A Song of Ice and Fire, #6)
- Book #7: A Dream of Spring (A Song of Ice and Fire, #7)
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