After finishing The Name of the Wind, I wanted to continue my fantasy novel kick. A Game of Thrones is a similar book in that it is not filled with as much magic and fantasy as one might expect. Rather, it reads like a historical novel as it chronicles the palace intrigue and dueling lordships within a fictional kingdom. There are lots of great characters to root for and plenty of baddies too. Martin does a really good job of twisting things around by shifting the perspective of the story from one character to the next, so, eventually, you find yourself seeing the motivations of all parties involved.