This book was picked on Goodreads for me to read in a group that I joined in a June-Pick-It-For-Me thing. Admittedly I did not quite manage to finish it in June but its selection meant that it was the book I picked up next rather than any others.
Summers span decades. Winter can last a lifetime. And the struggle for the Iron Throne has begun.
As Warden of the north, Lord Eddard Stark counts it a curse when King Robert bestows on him the office of the Hand. His honour weighs him down at court where a true man does what he will, not what he must … and a dead enemy is a thing of beauty.
The old gods have no power in the south, Stark’s family is split and there is treachery at court. Worse, the vengeance-mad heir of the deposed Dragon King has grown to maturity in exile in the Free Cities. He claims the Iron Throne.
This book was different to anything I have read before with the setting and the way that things happened.
At first I was a little confused as it just jumped straight into the story and each chapter is from a different character so I read the first chapter and started to understand a little about what was happening with them and started the second chapter and was thrown into a completely different story.
But after continuing to read the book things started to make more sense to me and I managed to see where the links were between all the different characters.
By the end of the book I was backing Eddard in his fight for the throne and his son Robb as he went into battle for his father. I was also supporting Jon the bastard son of Eddard who was on the Wall and wished to help with the war but couldn’t leave his duties but who was also worried about his uncle Benjen who was missing.
I think I managed to finish the book without too many questions left over but the one that does stay with me is what happened to Arya.
I am interested enough to find out what happens in the book but I may not get the next book right this moment.