In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. The cold is returning, and in the frozen wastes of the north of Winterfell, sinister and supernatural forces are massing beyond the kingdom’s protective Wall. At the center of the conflict lie the Starks of Winterfell, a family as harsh and unyielding as the land they were born to. Sweeping from a land of brutal cold to a distant summertime kingdom of epicurean plenty, here is a tale of lords and ladies, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and bastards, who come together in a time of grim omens. Amid plots and counterplots, tragedy and betrayal, victory and terror, the fate of the Starks, their allies, and their enemies hangs perilously in the balance, as each endeavors to win that deadliest of conflicts: the game of thrones. (Goodreads)
Rereading Rating: 5/5
On rereading A Game of Thrones I found that it was much easier to read than when I first read it at 14 years old. I knew all the characters and named places which allowed me to appreciate Martin’s writing rather than frantically trying to work out what was going on – I think that being six years older also made this a lot easier!
This series is different to all the other ‘big’ fantasy series out there and it is refreshing. The characters are all so individual you can hardly believe that they were written by one writer, and the world that Martin has created is so in depth and massive that even Tolkien would have to fight to keep up!