Best Fantasy Book Series

A Game of Thrones

REVIEW

A Game of Thrones is the closest thing to a perfect Epic Fantasy book that we’ve found. It is broad in scope and close in personal characterization. What more could you ask?

The main plot of the book follows the Stark family as they move from Winterfell to King’s Landing where Eddard Stark will serve as the Hand of the King to Robert Baratheon. Two other plot lines are weaved into the book. One follows Jon Snow as he moves north to serve on The Wall, which protects the South from a northern invasion. Another story line follows Viserys and Daenerys Targaryen, children of the king overthrown by Robert Baratheon, who are exiled in the East. 

Conflict, conflict, conflict is the theme of A Game of Thrones. No one does it better than George R. R. Martin. The book is filled with conflict at a personal level that affects children, adults, peasants, and rulers. What makes this book special is how attached I became to the characters. When I talk with friends and family about the book the topic always turns to, “Who’s your favorite character?” Then, “I loved it when Arya…”, “I loved it when Tyrion…” The comments are always how one of the characters got out of a bad situation in a fun way. 

In addition to the open conflict, A Game of Thrones also contains a lot of plotting and scheming behind the scenes by various players in the King’s Court. This scheming gives readers plenty of characters to hate.

Another thing I liked about the book is the way so many plot lines are weaved together to build larger plot lines, which are again weaved into a major series plot.

Since this book is nearly perfect (and probably the best Epic Fantasy available) it is included in our Must Read Books list.

DETAILS

Series Author Rating Must Read Number of Pages Year Published
A Song of Ice and Fire George R. R. Martin Yes 819 1996

AUDIENCE

Adults

GENRE

Epic Sword and Sorcery

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