By: George R.R. Martin
“Summers span decades. Winter can last a lifetime. And the struggle for the Iron Throne has begun.
As Warden of the north, Lord Eddard Stark counts it a curse when King Robert bestows on him the office of the Hand. His honour weighs him down at court where a true man does what he will, not what he must … and a dead enemy is a thing of beauty.
The old gods have no power in the south, Stark’s family is split and there is treachery at court. Worse, the vengeance-mad heir of the deposed Dragon King has grown to maturity in exile in the Free Cities. He claims the Iron Throne.“
~ From Goodreads
Oh, my sweet summer child! I’m not entirely sure what possessed me to reread this series, but it has been a very bittersweet experience for me. For those of you who have read the books or watched the TV series, you know that The Song of Ice and Fire series is essentially a blood bath. As Cersei Lannister so aptly puts in this installment, when you play the game of thrones, you win or you die. There is no middle ground. Yeah, don’t I know it! Despite the burden of precognition, I’ve found that A Game of Thrones still makes for good reading with excellent character development and a rich world full of promise and history.