A Game Of Thrones feels like the classic opening book of a great fantasy series. It does have a plot of its own, but primarily its moving the players into place for the books to come and worldbuilding.
The different views of the story were fascinating, watching people make decisions on “facts” that other characters already know to be false, whilst ensuring that the reader isn’t given too much information to be able to judge a situation too clearly.
The prologue did throw me a little, but it was helpful to have in the back of my mind as much of the setting is a fairly standard pseudo-medieval historical setting. I was also glad as the book unfolded to see wisdom, experience and knowledge as respected as being good at hitting people with sticks.
Having read the ending I need to read the rest of the books.