Game of thrones, Winter is Coming.

A Game of Thrones is the first novel in A Song of Ice and Fire, an epic fantasy series by George R. R. Martin, there are currently 5 books in the series and there is a rumor that Martin is writing the sixth and seventh book.

The story takes place in the fictional continent of Westeros in the Seven Kingdoms. Something you must know is that prior to beginning of the novel, the Seven Kingdoms were torn apart by a civil war; Prince Rhaegar Targaryen kidnapped Lyanna Stark (Robert Baratheon’s love), The Mad King, Aerys II Targaryen, executed Lyanna’s father and eldest brother; causing that Eddard Stark and Robert Baratheon join forces against the Targaryen dynasty. Eddard and Robert had alliance with House Tully and Hoyse Arryn; the Targaryen had House Tyrell, House Lannister and Martell by their side, but after the Battle of the Trident where Prince Rhaegar was killed by Robert Baratheon, House Lannister turned against the king. Jaime Lannister of the Kingsguard betrayed and murdered King Aerys and House Lannister swore loyalty to Robert Baratheon who was declared King of the Seven Kingdoms. Lyanna Stark died of illness during the war; so Robert Baratheon married Cersei Lannister to cement the alliance with her House. The only two remaining Targaryens, were Viserys and Daenerys who were taken to safety across the sea by loyal retainers.

A few years later, King Robert defeated a rebellion started by Lord Balon Greyjoy of the Iron Islands. Balon’s two eldest sons were killed in battle and his youngest son, Theon, was given to the care of Eddard Stark as a ward.

So, the king of Westeros is Roberth Barateon and Jhon Aryn is the hand of the king (king advisor), the mystery started with Jhon Aryn death.

The king needs a new advisor, this causes that the he traveled north to Winterfell to see Lord Eddard Stark (nickname Ned), the king wants to ask Ned to be the new hand of the king, because he is the only one he truly trust; for several issues Ned doesn’t want to go to Kings Landing to be the new hand of the king but eventually he agrees; meaning that he’ll have to move to the capitol leaving behind his wife (Catelyn Stark) and his sons (Robb, Bran, Rickon and his bastard son Jon Snow) only taking his two daughters (Sansa and Ayra) with him; the King and Ned pact an agreement that when Sansa comes to age she’ll marry the young prince Joffrey Baratheon in other to join houses like they planned to do long ago in other circumstances.

Ned started to believe that Jhon Aryn has been murdered so to him everything goes around who killed Jhon and why?, of course trying to get to the bottom of this will drag him into dangerous situations and he’ll acknowledge some others he’ll decide never wanted to know.

The book might seem a bid hard to digest because there are a lot of characters and there are millions of things going on, but the book is written in a way that makes it easy to read; it is written through eight different characters perspective instead of numbers of chapters, so technically we will be reading a bit of the background story of the characters and their perspective through the narration of the story.

As I said before the book is written through eight different characters, those are:

  1. Eddard Stark, (Lord of Winterfell in the north)
  2. Catelyn Stark (Lady of Winter Fell)
  3. Jon Snow (Lord Eddard Stark bastard son)
  4. Sansa Stark (Oldest daughter of Eddard and Catelyn)
  5. Arya Stark (Youngest daughter of Eddard and Catelyn)
  6. Bran Stark (middle son of Eddard and Catelyn)
  7. Tyrion Lanister (Youngest brothers of the Queen Cersi Lanister)
  8. Danarys Targaryen (true heir to the realm, oldest dynasty)

Honestly there is a lot to say about this book and I mean it, a lot!, many stories happening around the main one, well-paced plotting, fascinating characters, intrigue, suspense, and adventure granted!, do not forget the story is set in a medieval time so, of course there are mythical creatures involved in a human world.

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