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

adventurous dark emotional tense slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated


After I finished Game of Thrones I had a conversation with my dad. I told him I loved the series so much and was considering reading the books because I was just that desperate for more content. He very matter of factly told me that reading the books was just "too nerdy." For context my dad is a classics professor who consumes books like he needs them to live, aka he's a nerd of all nerds. If he was telling me this then it genuinely would be too far to start reading, yet here I am not heading his warning and transforming into a total nerd. My new reborn nerd self is now the proud owner of the box set of all released books in the A Song of Ice and Fire series. 

I think the person I was earlier this year would've hated this book so much. Thanks to Kristin Cashore's Graceling Realm series I've matured as a reader and sincerely become a fantasy fan. The slower pace, world building and detail intense writing is exactly what there is to love in the genre and George R. R. Martin is the master of all of those things. I get bored easily, yet even when reading chapter upon chapter of content I've already seen on the screen my attention is held. My biases created by the show definitely are following me into the reading and I find myself dreading certain POVs (...specifically Dany's I KNOW CONTROVERSIAL OPINION) and hanging onto every word of others (Sansa, I love her!), but this just goes to show how masterful Martin is at creating compelling characters people identify with and are passionate about. I just can't wait to get into the next book and start on Jaime and Brienne's interactions!!

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