A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This story of intrigue and multiply nested political moves plays out on a backdrop of somewhat familiar fantasy tropes without falling into the trap of using traditional soft fantasy concepts such as a deus ex machina. I was very impressed with the strategy involved by nearly every player in the well-named game of thrones, and found myself on the edge of my seat several times throughout the story.
My only complaint is that I watched the tv adaptation first, making me anticipate several events which are clearly supposed to be major surprises. If you at all have the capability, I strongly recommend reading these books before watching the television series (though both are quite good).
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