I just spent the day lounging and napping in bed. While the cats away the mouse will play. In this case, the cats are my kids and the mouse is me. There’s nothing like a quiet free house where you can sit around and do nothing all day. Thank you Jesus. M
The book I’ve been spending some time with is Game of Thrones: A Storm of Swords (A Song of Fire and Ice #3). To be perfectly honest, I will be spending A LOT of Sundays with the 1177 page book. Ever since the show premiered on HBO three years ago, I was hooked on the George R. R. Martin fantasy world of colorful characters living in the Seven Kingdoms.
Long ago, in a time forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons out of balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. The cold is returning, and in the frozen wastes to the north of Winterfell, sinister forces are massing beyond the kingdom’s protective Wall. To the south, the king’s powers are failing—his most trusted adviser dead under mysterious circumstances and his enemies emerging from the shadows of the throne. At the center of the conflict lie the Starks of Winterfell, a family as harsh and unyielding as the frozen land they were born to. Now Lord Eddard Stark is reluctantly summoned to serve as the king’s new Hand, an appointment that threatens to sunder not only his family but the kingdom itself.
Sweeping from a harsh land of cold to a summertime kingdom of epicurean plenty, A Game of Thrones tells a tale of lords and ladies, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and bastards, who come together in a time of grim omens. Here an enigmatic band of warriors bear swords of no human metal; a tribe of fierce wildlings carry men off into madness; a cruel young dragon prince barters his sister to win back his throne; a child is lost in the twilight between life and death; and a determined woman undertakes a treacherous journey to protect all she holds dear. Amid plots and counter-plots, tragedy and betrayal, victory and terror, allies and enemies, the fate of the Starks hangs perilously in the balance, as each side endeavors to win that deadliest of conflicts: the game of thrones.
What I’ve enjoyed about the books so far is the language isn’t as complex as other fantasy books I’ve read. I’m specifically talking about the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Great story but the language tended to get a bit wordy and complex. The author Martin does a phenomenal job of keeping the chapters pretty short with each main character so you don’t feel like you’re spending an enormous time with each one. I like that. He gives you a good story line for that particular moment then keeps it moving. The one thing I’ve learned is not to get too invested into the characters. Nobody is safe. I learned that after reading the first book. Martin doesn’t have a problem killing off a favorite character.
The only criticism I have about the books is the enormous amount of characters, families, sigils, and places. An appendix is available to readers which helps them keep up with everything going on. I try not to concentrate on that and focus on the story line.
Right now a war is brewing and everyone is fighting for the right to rule the Seven Kingdoms. The mayhem, backstabbing, deceit, incest and sex that goes on in the series keeps your attention. You will never get bored.
Check out how they turn the book into a series: