A Song of Ice and Fire. Game of Thrones. If you have not at least heard of this series, you have been living under a rock for the past few years. If you are just learning about the books through this post, allow me to update you.
George R.R. Martin is making Tolkien eat his dust! The storyline is highly original, and the characters are lifelike. There are twists and turns in the plot that will blow your mind. What I especially like, Martin is a writer unafraid to kill off a character. Prince Joffrey, maybe? Even the most beloved are not safe. Does anyone else recall the Red Wedding?
There are several characters you long to cheer for, even if they might be on opposing sides. Tyrion Lannister has long been a favorite of mine. Maybe he captured my interest when he first said, “My mind needs a book like a sword needs a whetstone.” Witty and hilarious, I love this decrepit, gruesome midget. I’ll admit the only reason why I first liked Jaime Lannister was because the actor playing his character in the TV show was, well, utterly striking. Then when I read his point-of-view in the books, I also fell for the book version of Jaime Lannister.
Despite these two, my favorite is Daenerys Targaryen. I am certain she is the favorite of most thanks to her grace, mercy, and kind heart, three traits severely lacking amongst this bloodbath for the Iron Throne. Strong, enduring, and the owner of three dragons, I want Khaleesi to win the seven kingdoms of Westeros. Now if only Georgy would finish writing the series.
Of course, there are other terrific characters in this book. Ned Stark before that brat Joffrey had his head cut off. Jon Snow and his views of honor, even if he broke his vows when he carried on with Ygritte. Margaery Tyrell and her cunning are brilliant. Many might not like her, but come on! She gets under Queen Cersei’s skin! Then there are Stannis Baratheon, Khal Drogo, Davos Seaworth, Arya Stark, Catelyn Stark, Rob Stark, Sansa Stark, Joran Mormont, Podrick Payne, Brienne, Osha, and so many more I could name. A part of me even likes Aegon, although I think he is an imposter.
The only downside I see is the long and tedious paragraphs of description Martin loves to dump in, but he somehow manages to keep the book moving. Strong female characters take prominence in the series. This is always a plus for me. The originality is just amazing, for I have never read or heard of anything quite like this. And the history from the War of the Roses Martin used to create this series is brilliant!
If you have yet to figure this out, I am a huge Game of Thrones fan. I’ve read the five books that are out, sample chapters for the Winds of Winter, and watched all three seasons of the TV show. Although I am a historical romance writer, I love to read anything and everything. Medieval fantasies series included.