Most people are fans of the Game of Thrones show (not including the last season) but the books by George R.R. Martin is where the adventure all started. Keep reading to learn about the epic fantasy world of A Game of Thrones.
A Game of Thrones Summary
After Jon Arryn’s death, King Robert Baratheon approaches Eddard “Ned Stark,” the “King of the North” to become the next “Hand of the King.” After discussing it with his family, Ned decides to take the position. But tragedy befalls Bran Stark when he is pushed out the window of a tower after seeing Queen Cersei Lannister having sex with her twin brother Jaime Lannister.
Bran does not remember what happened before he falls and cannot use his legs anymore. Ned travels to the capital city of Westeros, King’s Landing with his daughters Arya and Sansa. When they arrive in King’s Landing, Ned learns that Jon Arryan’s death was not an “accident.
After learning how bad it has gotten in King’s Landing, Ned uses all his power to try to fix the problems at hand. The King is irresponsible and Queen Cersei is plotting something. Can Ned hold the kingdom together or will it tear his friendship and his family apart?
As many of you know, the books are long and has a lot of characters. There is always a lot going on. So much that Martin strongly believed his books would never be made into a tv show before HBO came along and changed that narrative.
I saw the show first and then decided to read the books. When I learned how good the books were, I knew I had to read them all. If you love the show, then you should read the books because there is so much that doesn’t make the show. And as you may or may not know, the tv show went a different direction near the end.
The one bad part about the A Song of Ice and Fire series is that is it still ongoing. Martin is still finishing up the last two novels in the series and who knows how long that will take. It has been a decade since the last novel has been released. Otherwise, the series is great!
I strongly recommend this book if you love fantasy books. Not many books have this much detail and are still a great read. It has redefined the fantasy genre and rightfully so!