Game of Thrones is a fantasy novel set in a vast, elaborate medieval world inhabited by kings, queens, lords and common people as well as animals like direwolves, dragons and other mythical creatures. The main character of this book is Eddard Stark, Lord of Winterfell, who is very honourable, noble and loyal but not everyone is the book is so trustworthy. It is a tale filled with much espionage, treason and plotting as various groups vie for the throne and power. The Queen tells Eddard that “when you play the game of thrones you win or you die” and the book certainly had me on the edge of my seat at times, reluctant to put it down. You really get to know the characters well and you can see they have many dimensions, with even many of the “bad guys” having redeeming features and it was even sometimes possible to sympathise with them, even as they carried out their dastardly plans.
It is a big book with a dense storyline but fans of books like The Lord of the Rings are sure to find it very enjoyable and easy to read.
It is the first book in a series by George R. R. Martin called A Song of Ice and Fire and it has been made into the first season of the popular TV series Game of Thrones in the USA with the follow-up book A Clash of Kings recently being aired as the second season of the series. The full book series is planned to be 7 books, with 5 books having been published to date.