Superflonic wrote:Sounds good, what is it about?
It's set in a fictional world, mostly on the continent of Westeros. Late medieval period, with knights and steel and such. Westeros is commonly referred to as the Seven Kingdoms, but for the past three hundred years, since House Targaryen took over the continent with their dragons, it's all been united under one crown. The last dragons died fifty years ago, and House Targaryen lost power 15 years ago, when the Mad King, Aerys, managed to turn the lords of the North and East against him. Now Robert Baratheon holds the Iron Throne. Meanwhile, across the Narrow Sea, in the strange lands of the East, the last living descendents of House Targaryen flee the constant threat of assassination, and plot to take back the crown.
If I had to name a theme for the book, it would be one of courtly intrigue - but that doesn't get the whole point across, I think. There's politics, sure, but there's also lots of interesting characters, and it's those characters' acts, feelings, and motivations that you really get attached to. There's no clear good guy, and the real
bad guys are too easily forgotten when two characters that you either love or hate are pitted against each other for one reason or another. The series really has everything you could want. Tense duels and massive battles. Delicious loli and scheming queens. Direwolves and dragons. Ice and Fire.
I very, very strongly recommend it. Depending on how fast you read, you might get through a book or two before Heaven's Feel's translation is released, and ASoIaF is just the thing to fulfill that literary fix. "Epic" is the only way I can describe it. It sets a new standard for fantasy.