Game of Thrones is the first book in George R. R. Martin’s Fire and Ice series.
It’s a mixture of fantasy, mystery, sword fighting, romance and battles. You can’t compare it to Lord of the Rings but the storylines are just as epic. There are decades long summers and the approaching winter (which some of the younger characters have never experienced) will last decades. The title “game of thrones” is mentioned quite a few times within the book as you read about the kings, queens and knights who are battling to control and be monarchs. I really like how each chapter starts with a character and you read about things from their point of view.
My favorite characters are Arya and Eddard. When Lord Stark of Winterfell accepts the offer to become the King’s hand and heads south, no amount of honesty and heroics and keep things from going way out of control.
This is such a good book that I don’t want to put any spoilers up here if you have not read it. I have been studiously avoiding reading reviews or talking to anyone who may give away any of the plot. There are surprises to be sure.
A roasted bird is mentioned more than once in this book. You never, ever, need to twist my arm for a roasted chicken meal so…….perfect choice.
I am linking this to Library Thing and Goodreads.
Game of Thrones on HBO (I have not viewed the series yet but have heard it’s amazing)