...because there is no way in heck, that you will be able to stop there! Save yourself some time and trouble and buy the whole book. In fact, get the whole series. As a veteran reader of fantasy- I will whole-heartedly proclaim this series as my favorite ever! This is a meticulous epic of nobles, knights, kings, and traitors set to a very subtle fantasy backdrop, which pulls you in deeper with every page. A Game of Thrones is quite easily the best single fantasy novel I've ever read- and there have been many. So it stands to reason that you just might enjoy it yourself! I've never seen an author so consistently brilliant as Martin has been in these 835 pages. This is no fluke. After just this one book, I am positive that he is one of the top three talents in the Fantasy genre. Tolkien... Jordan... Hobb... Watch out for George R. R. Martin- He has his eyes on the throne! -There are some who feel this story has too many main characters. That it is too confusing. Any veteran of Jordan will take to GoT like a duck to water. In fact, pick out your favorite Wheel of Time book... This destroys it. -Want more? Heard of that short story collection called "Legends" featuring all the modern masters of fantasy? Do NOT miss Martin's "The Hedge Knight" -It's Dynamite!