“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.”
Jojen Reed makes a profound point when speaking to young Bran Stark. Since reading Game of Thrones and continuing on in the A Song of Ice and Fire series, I have been taken up into a thousand stories. Halfway through the fourth book now (each one hovering around 1000 pages), I thought I would spend a little time discussing this epic fantasy. After all, “a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge.”
George R.R. Martin has been named the American Tolkien – his name even has a similar ring to it. HBO has even bought into the hype, currently working on the second season of Game of Thrones. Martin’s books truly captivate in ways that make a reader put down everything else and spend hours soaking in the story he has created.
“Winter is Coming” echos throughout, and provides a backdrop of a land that has spent ten years in summer and is now preparing for an Ice Age they cannot even begin to fathom. But as the days grow colder, the Seven Kingdoms grow restless, and soon war erupts at a time when they should be harvesting instead of pillaging. Kings and Queens, Lords and Knights – many people clamber for the iron throne, unaware that lurking beyond the Wall in the North is something amassing its own army, while in the South Dragon’s have awoken.
“When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die.” I’ll be writing more about the characters and ideas of A Song of Ice and Fire in the coming weeks. For now though, I would love to hear other thoughts on the books in general!