A Game of Thrones & A Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin *****
So I'd heard about this series via Facebook friends who were either watching the show on HBO or reading the books. Since I don't have HBO & I needed a good book to suck me in, I started reading A Game of Thrones.
As you can probably figure out, I liked it. I liked it so much that instead of reviewing it on here, I got the next book from the library & started in on that one. As it stands now, I just picked up the third one, so I figured if I'm gonna ever get these boys talked about I better get crackin'!
Westeros is a large island nation that has been ruled by Robert Baratheon for the past 10 years. He gained the right to the Iron Throne when he killed the heir in hand-to-hand combat with a war hammer. If that sounds brutal, then you better not read these books. Based loosely on medieval England, but with a lot of cool stuff like dragons, direwolves, & zombie folks that live in the cold wastes of the north, I've loved ever minute I've spent with my nose in these books. The main characters are of the family Stark, lords of Winterfell & past Kings of the North. Lord Eddard Stark has 5 children that Martin delights in messing with as he unfolds his tale. Every time I think one of them will finally get a break, BAM! he throws some god-awful obstacle up against them again.
These books are graphic in their depiction of violence & honest in how people lived in medieval times. Most lives were ugly, brutish, & short. But the drama & historic sweep of the novels are wonderful.
That's enough writing about it. I've gotta start book 3!!