George R.R. Martin started his epic fantasy of A Song of Ice and Fire with the first novel entitled A Game of Thrones. This will be the first book of the supposedly 7-volume series. First published in 1996, the book got great responses and had won couple of awards in the following years. A television series adaptation had also been made and broadcasted by HBO, since 2011.
This novel is particularly unique in its story development since it presents various points of view and plot-lines, namely the noble houses of Westeros, the Wall, and the Targaryen plot-line. All in all, this book—or the whole series in that matter—conveys a genuine masterpiece of modern epic fantasy. Martin brilliantly brings together and mixes the best elements of this genre: magic, mystery, intrigue, romance, and of course adventure.
Book description from Amazon.com:
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 and supernatural forces are massing beyond the kingdom’s protective Wall. At the center of the conflict lie the Starks of Winterfell, a family as harsh and unyielding as the land they were born to. Sweeping from a land of brutal cold to a distant summertime kingdom of epicurean plenty, here is a tale of lords and ladies, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and bastards, who come together in a time of grim omens.
Here an enigmatic band of warriors bear swords of no human metal; a tribe of fierce wildlings carry men off into madness; a cruel young dragon prince barters his sister to win back his throne; and a determined woman undertakes the most treacherous of journeys. Amid plots and counterplots, tragedy and betrayal, victory and terror, the fate of the Starks, their allies, and their enemies hangs perilously in the balance, as each endeavors to win that deadliest of conflicts: the game of thrones.
Other books in the series:
• A Clash of Kings
• A Storm of Swords
• A Feast For Crows
• A Dance with Dragons