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Review | A Game of Thrones | George R.R. Martin


Fantasy, adult

A Game of Thrones is the first book in George R.R. Martin's epic series, A Song of Ice and Fire. As always, the book is better than the TV show!

What I like ✅ a wide ensemble of characters, all vastly different with strong motivations, backstories and personalities

✅ extensive worldbuilding with complex political, social and religious elements all interweaving

✅ engaging writing, posing page-turning mysteries, and descriptive prose


What I didn't like ✖ explicit sex scenes, rape, and graphic violence which don't drive the plot forward, but are there to shock or titillate

✖ the book only starts to pick up at chapter 8 (after Bran's "accident")

✖ told from eight different character perspectives (plus one prologue perspective), which can get confusing and muddle the plot's drive

✖ characters are religious, rather than having character-building interactions with their faith; religion was included as another "world-building" aspect, rather than an area of character development

Things to consider ➖ this is an adult, worlding-building series, if you like face-paced books with a tight plot, you won't like A Song of Ice and Fire series Rating 4.5/5🌟 Verdict



Which do you prefer in a fantasy novel: world-building or plot?

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