5 of 5 stars *****
A Game of Thrones, Book One of, A Song of Ice and Fire, is a masterpiece of fantasy, adventure, and a thrilling, imaginative story of war, honor, human frailty, and cut-throat politics. George R. R. Martin captivates the reader with details worthy of patience that eventuate total absorption into his fictional realm. In other words, the learning process pays big dividends once the characters and their loyalties, or lack thereof, become clear to those who endeavor to escape into the Game of Thrones. Book One introduces the players and the environment with thrilling entertainment from the barbaric to the sublime. The character development engages the audience for certain players in a very visceral way evoking the gamut of human emotions. This reader anticipates Book Two, A Clash of Kings, with great expectations for another involved fantasy escapade as the final words of Book One still rush tingling chills throughout this body with vivid pictures of impossible creatures and extraordinary feats.