by Michele Cameron Drew
A Game of Thrones, the first novel of a projected series of seven(A Song of Ice and Fire) by George RR Martin was first published in 1996. There are many "spin-off" items that have taken their names from this novel, including several games and HBO has contracted for a pilot episode based on the novels.
In resemblance to England during the "War of the Roses" is the seven kingdoms of Westeros. The story begins in the year 298 AL (After Landing). As its inhabitants await and prepare for the coming four decade winter that will shortly encompass their world, a civil war arises for power between several families. Leaders include Eddard Stark & Tyrion Lannister as well as many others. Unbeknownst to them the young Daenerys Targearyen(exiled daughter of the murdered and rightful king) is headed their way. Daenerys' plan is to travel to Westeros and then(as rightful heir) claim the throne.
Martin's style here is masterful. His prose flows beautifully and rings with clarity to the intelligent reader. With each chapter written in the third person limited point of view, there is no sense of "good" or "evil", but a sense of what "is". His characters are realistic and believable and their thought process can be analyzed "through their own eyes".