For those who enjoy a good epic storyline filled with murder, revenge, kings, noblemen, fantastic beasts (both of the animal variety and human), and a fantasy world at the brink of war; this book is for you! This first book in the series A Song of Ice and Fire will spark your imagination and keep you entertained for hours.
Published in 1996, this book has received much critical acclaim including number one on the New York Times Bestseller’s list in July of 2011. For those who may have already enjoyed reading this series or who perhaps aren’t interested in embarking on a lengthy reading mission; HBO has made a television series based on this book and subsequent books from the series. Season one is available for purchase now (or to borrow through the Okanagan Regional Library system) and Season two is set to be released for purchase later this month.
This book is told in the third person limited point of view (geek-speak for: this story is told by an invisible person who cannot access all of the thoughts and feelings of each character) with a good balance of dialogue and description. The layout and style is easy to navigate and after a few pages and a bit of imagination you fall easily into the book’s clever plotlines. Though the book is entertaining and accessible, I would not recommend it to all persons. Many of the situations in which the characters are thrust can be a bit disturbing for those seeking a more genteel read. It is a work of fiction so if you can keep this in mind it will help smooth over some of those rougher spots.
So toss on some chain-mail, grab your sword, and head to the library to take a peek at this popular title. This title is available in the following formats through the public library: Book, Audiobook, DVD, and E-book.
Review by Diana McCarthy, Community Librarian for Falkland Branch