These books are dense, filled with many characters and crossing story lines, but I’m totally hooked. A Song of Ice and Fire (known some by as the A Game of Thrones series) by George R.R. Martin is one of my favorites. I’ll be honest; while reading the first book I wasn’t sure I wanted to continue. The size and complexity can be daunting and I had a hard time keeping up with the range of characters and how quickly the scenes switched between each, but as I’ve gotten more involved in the story, the more I enjoy it.
Martin has done an excellent job of creating a range of characters that readers love and hate, because a good story must have both. His complex plot twists completely blow me away and I find my jaw dropping at the way he can ruthlessly kill off characters without warning.
I have my favorites (Tyrion Lannister, Jon Snow, and Daenerys Targaryen) and on the other hand, the characters that I can’t stand including Cersei and Joffrey Lannister along with the sketchy Petyr Baelish.
Taking a turn away from the books, I also watch the TV series A Game of Thrones. While I prefer the books and the depth with which they go into, I do think that the show has done a good job bringing the story alive and spreading it to a wider audience.
If you have a chance to start A Song of Ice and Fire, I really recommend it. Even though it might not seem like it, the story moves beyond the confusion and definitely gets into the good stuff! When I read, and enjoy, a book over 1000 pages, you know it must be good!