After finally discovering and watching the first three seasons of the HBO series, Game of Thrones I became slightly addicted to the world of Westeros. So naturally, I was at a loss when season 3 ended and I realized I would have to wait until next spring for season 4 to begin. So to fill the void I decided to start reading the A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin which the HBO show is based on. There are five books in this series so far so this should keep me busy for a while. There’s a lot going on in the first book of the series, The Game of Thrones, but here’s the basic premise: It is an epic fantasy set in the fictional land of Westeros, a mythical medieval kingdom, featuring sword fights, dragons, direwolves and an unending cast of characters. Several noble houses battle to sit on the Iron Throne, while the entire kingdom is threatened by some rising supernatural threat in the north. The story is told from the point-of-view of different characters, mostly members of the Stark and Lannister families who, of course are rivals. I have a couple of favorite characters-Tyrone Lannister, the clever dwarf and young Arya Stark, the sword wielding tomboy. Although I love the TV show, I actually like the books even more. There are just so many characters with crazy, hard to understand names that it’s a little difficult to keep everyone straight while watching. But after reading the first book in the series, I’m much more clear on who is who. There is just so much more info on each character and the history of their families in the books that the show doesn’t cover. If you love the HBO series and can’t wait for season four, I recommend these books.