A Game of Thrones, by George R. R. Martin

I jumped on the Game of Thrones bandwagon…and I am so glad I did! True, I’m a little late to the party, but hey, better late than never, right?*

Martin’s A Game of Thrones comes in at just under 800 pages. It’s intricate, weaving together many stories from the perspective of several characters spread across the Seven Kingdoms. It effortlessly becomes a sweeping story about politics, family, and a subtle dance of intrigue that can turn deadly in an instant. It’s such a tightly woven story it almost defies summary.

I give this first novel in the series a ringing endorsement. It’s the kind of book that draws you into another world and brings characters to life – complicated characters with motivations good and bad and somewhere in between. It’s the kind of book you think about when you have to set it down for awhile. It’s the kind of book that makes me look forward to the next one in the series!

Read it.

*I was also late the the Harry Potter party. I distinctly remember 5th grade sharing time when a boy in my class, Kyle, was talking about a book about a boy wizard named Harry Potter. I thought it sounded dumb. Another year or so later, and I was totally hooked and I’m now a huge fan.