A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

I know I’m late to the Game of Thrones party, but I had to give this critically acclaimed book a formal review for my very first review!

I can definitely see why many readers are intimidated when thinking about picking this book up, ESPECIALLY with it being high fantasy. In high fantasy, there are new people, species of people, places, and so on. Even writing from many multiple points of view is intimidating as a reader!

But I have to say… George R. R. Martin does more than a spectacular job of easing the most wary of readers into the mysterious would he has created for us.

What I enjoyed most about this book is that Martin portrayed the complexity of humans in a perfect way. Many other stories have a “Good vs Bad” plot, but the lines in Martin’s character occasionally blurred. Good people did bad things sometimes. Bad people did good things sometimes. It makes sides harder to choose, and it makes you realize that all people have a little bit of both inside of them. Nobody is 100% Good or 100% Bad. A world written a truthfully ambiguous way that not everything is black and white really spoke out to me.

Additionally, the plot itself is carefully crafted! As soon as I realized how many points of view A Game of Thrones was going to have, I was INSTANTLY worried that this was going to be one big, confusing, sloppy mess… But thankfully it wasnt even close to that! He uses the many points of view to tell the story in a way that makes your head spin out of astonishment, not confusion! Plot twists, characters finding things out about other characters you experience through their point of view (so you know what is going on, but the character doesn’t), and the overall uniqueness of each individual character makes for one dynamic, action-packed book that I’m not going to be forgetting soon!

Have you read A Game of Thrones? Is it on your TBR list? Or is it one you’re not interested in? Let me know what you think below!

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