**Game of Thrones” is the first novel in the acclaimed A Song of Fire and Ice series by George R.R. Martin. It is used to set up some of his world and focuses largely around the actions of House Stark. This fantasy novel sets the tone of those to come as political threats and far more immediate threats become the rule of the day as the older characters attempt to vie for the Iron Throne and the younger ones try to survive the fallout. This first book covers some of the initial troubles of House Stark and the rise of Daenerys Targaryen. With his characteristic and often unpredictable whim, George R.R. Martin guides **A Game of Thrones” through a variety of twists and turns. Unlike some fantasy writers, Martin feels free to allow characters to die if the story calls for it instead of defending them through an unexpected development, and this serves to draw the reader into the gritty world of the story. The conclusion of **A Game of Thrones” has the continent of Westeros poised on the brink of war and leaves readers waiting to see what happens next.