A Game of Thrones, by George R. R. Martin, is the first novel in A Song of Ice and Fire series. Since being published in 1996, the book series has also been turned into the popular HBO series, A Game of Thrones.

Martin’s narration changes depending on the chapter, which usually follows one character throughout the chapter. The characters he chooses to follow for this book are: Eddard, Catelyn, Robb, Bran, Sansa, and Arya Stark,  Jon Snow, Tyrion Lannister, and Daenerys Targaryen.

Throughout the book, the reader follows each of these characters. They bring us through Eddard being asked by his friend, and the King of the Seven Kingdoms, Robert Baratheon to become the Hand of the King. To when Bran is the victim of an accident, caused by Queen Cersei’s twin brother, Jaime. One of the Stark sons turns to the black, a daughter is betrothed to Heir to Robert’s throne, another takes control of an army, and one becomes a Master of a sword.

The reader quickly finds out that there is no one to trust while playing a Game of Thrones, and if you do choose to trust someone the end result is a characters head on a spike.

Not sure if anyone else who has read this will agree, but Martin’s descriptions and phrases throughout the book had me reaching for a dictionary or to the map that was at the beginning of my book. The way he described people and places the characters went to, which changed depending on if it was a child or a adult narrating the chapter, left me in awe.

Although, I didn’t quite enjoy the book the entire way through. The way he makes the characters is quite realistic, and that made it hard for me to connect to any of them. But, it was a good story. I look forward to reading the rest of the series, even if that means it will take me a while to get through them all.