Our last two book club books were interesting reads, but I can’t handle reading another overly depressing book for the time being.
It is summer and I think we deserve a fun summer read.
We’ve chosen A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1) by George R.R. Martin:
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 and supernatural forces are massing beyond the kingdom’s protective Wall. At the center of the conflict lie the Starks of Winterfell, a family as harsh and unyielding as the land they were born to. Sweeping from a land of brutal cold to a distant summertime kingdom of epicurean plenty, here is 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; and a determined woman undertakes the most treacherous of journeys. Amid plots and counterplots, tragedy and betrayal, victory and terror, the fate of the Starks, their allies, and their enemies hangs perilously in the balance, as each endeavors to win that deadliest of conflicts: the game of thrones.
Of course, anyone who has watched the HBO series knows the story is much more rich and exciting than this quick plot summary. In fact, many fans of the show who have also read the books have said that the story goes into more detail and is more interesting than the hit series.
George R.R. Martin brilliantly opens us up to a world of fantasy with such realistic character development that we will find ourselves siding with a house and giving our loyalty to the most beloved characters, but we will soon realize that no one is safe in a game of thrones.
Book club starts immediately! We will start our discussing on July 15. However, this series isn’t meant to be rushed and we realize many will not be finished with this book in a month. We will start the discussion and see how everyone is doing with the book.
If this book is enjoyed by most of our members we will probably continue on with the series into the fall.