My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I surprised myself by really enjoying this book. I didn’t expect that I would. I’m neither a fan of fantasy or historical fiction and this seemed to tick both those boxes.
There’s a number of things that kept me hooked, though. George R. R. Martin writes strong characters irrespective of their gender, flawed heroes and doesn’t pander to ‘happy ever after’. I’m slightly apprehensive of the coming books. I was glad when dragons and magic were referred to as legends of the past. I have a feeling that these things will become stronger features of the future books and that kind of makes me wary. It gives the potential for unlimited deus ex machina and lazy writing. I hope that’s not the case.
I will be reading the follow-ups, but not for a while. I think I need a break first. One thing you can say about GRRM – he doesn’t write a short story!