Tuesday Teaser/Opener ~ Game of Thrones

Because I can be terribly impatient when I want to read a book and because the second and third books of the Song of Fire and Ice series (but not the first) came into my hands years ago, I started reading this series with book two. (The story was remarkably coherent given how much happens in book one.) Having finally started watching the HBO series, I decided it was time to go back and read the book that started it all, so I'm reading A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

Long ago, in a time forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons out of balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. The cold is returning, and in the frozen wastes to the north of Winterfell, sinister forces are massing beyond the kingdom’s protective Wall. To the south, the king’s powers are failing—his most trusted adviser dead under mysterious circumstances and his enemies emerging from the shadows of the throne. At the center of the conflict lie the Starks of Winterfell, a family as harsh and unyielding as the frozen land they were born to. Now Lord Eddard Stark is reluctantly summoned to serve as the king’s new Hand, an appointment that threatens to sunder not only his family but the kingdom itself.

The morning had dawned clear and cold, with a crispness that hinted at the end of summer. They set forth at daybreak to see a man beheaded, twenty in all, and Bran rode among them, nevous with excitement. This was the first time he had been deemed old enough to go with his lord father and his brothers to see the king's justice done. It was the ninth year of summer, and the seventh of Bran's life.

In that instant of sudden terror, the only lesson Arya could remember was the one Jon Snow had given her, the very first. She stuck him with the pointy end, driving the blade upward with a wild, hysterical strength.

My biggest complain about these books is that it become difficult to keep all the characters straight.

Have you read this? Or watched the series?

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  1. A good opening but I'm afraid this isn't one for me this week - I do hope you enjoy reading it.

  2. I loved these books -- enjoy the adventure.

  3. I haven't read the books or seen the show. It is not really my thing, but the language did draw me in. Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

  4. Admittedly I've not read the books or seen the series.

  5. I really liked Game of Thrones. I haven't read the other books yet, but hope to. I saw the first season of the television show after reading the book and enjoyed that as well. I didn't continue on because I was hoping to continue reading the books before moving on in the TV series. One of these days!

  6. I haven't read them and they aren't something I care to read. Girl Who Reads

  7. It has been a while since I read this, so it was interesting to re-read the opener. I quite like it, actually, sets the scene for so much to come...

    My First Chapter post is here if you're interested: http://www.bookpunks.com/so-it-begins-timebomb-by-scott-k-andrews/