Several of my epic fantasy book-reading pals have urged me to read George R. R. Martin’s Fire and Ice series, of which, this is the first novel:
Many of those recommendations included the phrase, “if you liked The Lord of the Rings, you’ll like this, too.” Because, I LOVE the Lord of the Rings, the last thing I ever wanted to read is a knock-off of it. So, I was very reluctant.
One day, back in December, I noticed A Game of Thrones was on the $5.00 kindle book list, so I went ahead and ordered it. Still, with reluctance, even though I now owned it, I only toyed with the idea of reading it.
Last weekend was rainy, rainy, rainy and miserably cold. I needed something to crawl under the covers with, so I picked it up (reluctantly).
Good grief! I cannot believe I put this off for so long. Yes, I can see why people who love LOTR also like this one. But, they are not sibling stories. If you enjoy epic storytelling, with complex, well-defined characters and plotlines, then this novel is for you. There is a hint of other-worldliness (magic, creatures, etc.) but only a whiff, in the background. The driving force behind the story are the people of the various courts vying for the throne.
This is the first 5-star book I’ve read in ages and ages.
Every night for a week, I stayed up well past midnight, to read “just one more chapter,” knowing I had to arise at 6am the next morning.
If I had to summarize this book with one word, it would be: “Satisfying.”
Then, I saw the trailer for the HBO series about a week and a half ago:
I’ve not had HBO in my home for going on 20 years. I ordered it last week.
Hey, isn’t that Boromir????