There are probably a lot of reviews about this book, but I still wanted to do one since I loved it and hated it at the same time. Sure it’s a great and epic read with great characters and unexpected events, but it did have it’s flaws.
When you get into this book, you’re introduced to a whole new world. For the most part it’s comparable to our own world, but it has it’s differences. At first it may be kind of difficult to keep all the various families or houses apart from each other (you can consult the index at the end of the book, but I found that a bit tedious to do) and the fact that the names in this book aren’t really normal doesn’t help either. Eventually it gets easier to recognise each different character and it’s more simple to follow the different storylines. Due to the rather large amount of different storylines to follow, George R.R. Martin has divided the chapters by character. This means that in one chapter we’re following a certain character and in the next chapter it changes to another character. (Just so you know, it changes between 8 different characters) I think that’s a good way to keep things interested, but when you’re just occasionally reading a few chapters at a time it can get quite confusing. You do get to know the motivation every character has for a certain thing they do and you get to experience some events through the eyes of multiple characters and get different sides of the story.
The characters here are amazing. You really get to know most of them and grow familiar with them. The interactions they have with each other are extremely enjoyable to read, since these are often contain subtle stabs at each other or just plain insults. I particularly liked Tyrion and Daenerys, but I won’t give anything away about who these people are for anyone who hasn’t read or seen GoT.
The political side was really interesting to me, because I haven’t really read anything like it. I found it very easy to understand the different aspects of these strategies and how everything is connected to each other. This book didn’t really contain that much fantasy or I didn’t feel like it did. I’m looking forward to exploring that part of the story a bit more in the next one.
The thing I’m having a problem with in this book and probably the entire series is the writing style. It was an extremely slow read for me. Maybe that’s just something in the Dutch version, but I’m guessing the English ones are also chock-full with countless details and descriptions. This just took me out of the book and put it away for a minute. It can be it’s just that I’m not too familiar with vocabulary related to knights and monarchies.
Despite the writing style, I did enjoy this books in all it’s glory (746 pages is a lot of glory, I ensure you). I recommend it to everyone who likes to read big and epic fantasy books that have a touch of political strategy. I will be reading the entire series, but I don’t know how long that will take me. So don’t expect a review of the following book soon.
Anyways, have you read this book yet and did you have the same reading experience as me? Let me know, because I’m interested to see if it’s like this in other languages too. And should I read it in English or not, because I can’t really decide?
I’ll see you later!