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Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

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After watching a few episodes of HBO's new series Game of Thrones based on George R. R. Martin's books, I wanted more then just the weekly episode. Now after reading book one in the series I am anxious to read even more. Game of Thrones is a dense and intriguingly complex read. Set in a medieval backdrop, it is filled with characters, plots and subplots involving a handful of kingdoms fighting for, with and against each other. The main families are the Targaryens, the Starks and the Lannisters. Each represents a land or kingdom with an interwoven history of alliances and battles as they struggle for control of the "iron throne."

Frequently alluded to, this constant battling for power is the "game of thrones" these noble born families play. The characters are compelling and deep and I was drawn to them and their individual stories. Chapters are written from each character's perspective and rotate between them. When the end of the book comes, there is no perfect resolution or complete closure but more like a pause or intermission. Needless to say, I will be reading book two, Clash of Kings, very soon, as well as continuing to watch the HBO series. The TV series has remained very faithful to the books from as much as I have seen. However, the books offer additional details, background and insight then is possible on film. I can see the series following the lives of these families and the transition of power from one generation to the next. If you enjoy fantasy genre and series, this should definitely be on your "to read" list.

Submitted by Casey @ Atkinson

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Game of Thrones is the first book in George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series, and it is about to premiere as an HBO miniseries on April 17, 2011.

A thrilling fantasy epic, it follows three main families - the Starks, the Lannisters, and the Targaryens - in the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros and the East beyond.

The King's Hand, a political position directly under the King, is found dead and Ned Stark is chosen as his replacement. Suspicious that the previous Hand was murdered by someone close within the King's court, he must tread carefully to find out the truth even as it splits up his family and endangers their lives. Could the murderer be one of the Lannisters, a family that yearns for power? Perhaps it was one of the brothers or even more troublesome, the Queen herself. And the real question, the one that plagues on Ned's mind and question his family's safety - What could the former Hand possibly have known that someone would kill for?

Meanwhile, the Targaryens are waiting across the sea. The former rulers of the Seven Kingdoms, there is only Viserys Targaryen and his thirteen year-old sister Daenerys left. Viserys is determined to get his family's throne back; he exchanges the marriage of his sister to a warlord king of a nomadic horse tribe, hoping to raise an army. What he doesn't count on is his sister falling in love with her husband and coming into her own with a fierce determination to take control of her own life.

Amidst all of this is the constant reminder that winter is coming, an utter darkness that will span four decades and there is a mysterious threat beyond the northern The Wall. The people of the Seven Kingdoms must prepare for the danger that will threaten their lives and the stability of the kingdom.

Martin is a master storyteller, keeping you on the edge of your seat and flipping through pages nonstop. The only thing disappointing about the book is that eventually, it comes to an end.

Submitted by Monica @ MPL Central


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