A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
The motto of the Starks of Winterfell is “winter is coming.” In a land where summers can last for decades, the cold is coming (shades of climate change!) and trouble is brewing. By trouble, I mean real trouble: zombie whitewalkers, rebellious wildlings north of the Wall, dragons arising in the East, the game of thrones among rival kings, lords, and ladies, and various shenanigans highlighting man’s inhumanity to man. A Song of Fire and Ice series begins with A Game of Thrones, and if you can get into it, there are several books continuing this cold, wintery fantasy saga, along with the HBO series on DVD.