Oh dear, Thero is going all controversial! So I’d best start with a warning (or two):
This book contains strong language, violence and extremely controversial sex scenes.
There, I said it. So why pick it you ask? Because this book and the series it belongs to, A Song Of Ice And Fire, have certainly had a hand in shaping the epic fantasy genre. In case you haven’t seen the television show or read the countless online articles/reviews, A Game of Thrones is the first book in the series A Song of Ice And Fire by George R.R. Martin. It introduces a huge cast of characters (which only grows larger as the series progresses) and the land of Westeros, as everyone is affected by the political dealings in the game to win the throne (see what George R. R. Martin did there?) .
Now I will reiterate what I said earlier, this is an adult book, with adult themes. I say this because there will be plenty of people who disagree and dislike this book because of its content. However, I still think this book is worth a read (there’s parts that I don’t like but even those don’t prevent me from enjoying the book as a whole) especially since it has had a huge influence on the fantasy genre in recent years. And to be honest it’s not the worst I’ve read, that particular title is for the first book in the Thomas Covenant series. Anyway I digress, if you are looking for a fantasy epic, with a large cast of characters; a well-thought out world and more sneaky political backstabbing than you can shake a dagger at, then this may be the book for you.
Book cover image is from goodreads.com