A review by dannilmp
A Game of Thrones, by George R.R. Martin

adventurous dark tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes


I put off reading these books for a long time as I didn't think they would be of any interest for me. Boy was I wrong. While the writing in A Game of Thrones may be misogynistic, uneccesarily violent and gory, involve far too may assult scenes of all kinds, I still enjoyed this novel and the setting of the world. 

I think it's the otherworldy mysteries of Beyond the Wall and dragons and remnants of magic that mostly kept me interested in this book. Had it been just a plain world setting as the backdrop I would have put this book down long before the last pages. I enjoyed following through the different perspectives of all the characters and almost getting a dragon's eye view of the entire world rather than just one small section. 

On the other hand, the writing is very dark at times, uneccesarily so and involves far more rape, murder and pillaging that I think is ever needed in any series. But it does convey such a sense of darkness to the world and ensures the reader is fully aware that this will not, in any way shape or form, be a happy world. 

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