I was a little apprehensive when I started reading "A Game of Thrones" because while I love historical fiction, this book was touted as fantasy, and while I've loved certain fantasy books, sometimes they get TOO fantastical. A pet peeve in particular is when I can't quite pronounce anyone's name, but I didn't have that problem and quickly jumped into the story.
And oh, I couldn't put it down. It reads like historical fiction but not a real history. Yet it contains the same intrigues as any history -- politics, sex, heretical issues (of a sort -- you can call it magic, too), mysterious "Others", divided kingdoms, and of course, fights for a throne.
I bought the first book just to see if I liked it, and quickly went back to the book store and loaded my arms down and bankrupted myself buying all the rest. Can't wait to read #2!