For the last year or so I’d seen an ambiguous trailer for what appeared to be a new fantasy series called Game of Thrones with the hook “Winter Is Coming”. Ominous but the trailer didn’t provide a lot of information about what it was. Then, a few months ago, I was chatting with a girlfriend online and she mentioned the upcoming show and told me that is was based on her favorite series of books, ‘A song of ice and fire’ by George R. R. Martin, the first book titled Game of Thrones.
With her endorsement I went out and picked up the first book and haven’t stopped reading them since. My goal was to finish Game of Thrones before the show aired (this Sunday) but I find myself well into the third book now and still loving them. Game of Thrones is an epic fantasy story, set in the fictional land of Westeros and the lands beyond. It chronicles the violent struggles among noble families for control of the Iron Throne with a little bit of magic thrown in. What separates these books from other high fantasy books that I’ve read is that the stories aren’t about good vs evil, black vs white, every character is a different shade of gray. Just when you think its going to be okay, he changes things up and turns the world of the characters upside down.