If you know anything about me, you’ll know that I LOVE Game of Thrones everything! I’ve read what’s currently published of A Song of Ice and Fire, the series by GRRM and have watched all the seasons of GoT so far as well! Having just finished Season 6, I was itching to stay entralled in the GoT world. SO….I decided to re-read the series. Well, this time I’ll be listening to it!
A couple of days ago, I finished listening to Game of Thrones, the first novel, the book that started it all! Even knowing the story line already, there were beautiful, small details that I forgot about. I love re-exploring the world and feeling out the differences between the written series and the viewing of the series.
For anyone unfamiliar with the series, here’s a quick summary of the first novel from Amazon:
Long ago, in a time forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons out of balance. 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 forces are massing beyond the kingdom’s protective Wall. To the south, the king’s powers are failing—his most trusted adviser dead under mysterious circumstances and his enemies emerging from the shadows of the throne. At the center of the conflict lie the Starks of Winterfell, a family as harsh and unyielding as the frozen land they were born to. Now Lord Eddard Stark is reluctantly summoned to serve as the king’s new Hand, an appointment that threatens to sunder not only his family but the kingdom itself.
Sweeping from a harsh land of cold to a summertime kingdom of epicurean plenty, A Game of Thrones tells a tale of lords and ladies, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and bastards, who come together in a time of grim omens. Here an enigmatic band of warriors bear swords of no human metal; a tribe of fierce wildlings carry men off into madness; a cruel young dragon prince barters his sister to win back his throne; a child is lost in the twilight between life and death; and a determined woman undertakes a treacherous journey to protect all she holds dear. Amid plots and counter-plots, tragedy and betrayal, victory and terror, allies and enemies, the fate of the Starks hangs perilously in the balance, as each side endeavors to win that deadliest of conflicts: the game of thrones.
I’d like to throw out there that I’m not a hard-core fantasy reader. Sure, I enjoy world-building and in-depth character development like that in The Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter, but it’s not a genre I venture into willy-nilly. I have to know that what I’m getting myself into is worth it and this series is WORTH IT. Love, sex, betrayal, war, magic, dragons. I MEAN COME ON! OH, and lots of wine! It’s suggested you drink wine while reading about others drinking wine. It makes it all the better!
I encourage you all to give it a try and don’t worry, there’s no need to contain your excitement if you find you enjoy it. We’re all friends here!
Until next time, bibliophiles….