If you are expecting a hardcore fantasy epic, you will find the Game of Thrones book sadly lacking. There is nothing Westeros as well as Seven Kingdoms have to offer that you just cannot get in some other medieval setting, save for seasons that last a number of the mysterious beings referred to as 'Others' lurking beneath the great Wall inside north. Instead, Martin supplies a different kind of fantasy, one which focuses more about a persons aspect of the story. Take away the dragons and also the magic and you will discover that the gritty human nature continues, driving the principle plot of political intrigue, conflicts, and ambition that compel one to commit acts of murder, rape, or worse.
Still, they have enough fantastical elements inside form of knights, dragons, kings and queens, princes and princesses, and also the whispers of magic working behind the scenes. It is War of the Roses in a fantasy world. For someone who enjoys reading both fantasy and historical fiction, Martin's masterpiece is a godsend.
I admit that close to 800 pages is a lot of ingest, even for probably the most avid of readers. Thankfully, Martin's talent is producing words that offer enough information, but stops lacking being tedious. While Martin will not likely win awards for beautiful prose, his writing keeps your reader engaged. The book never feels dragging and I appreciate more a writer who are able to keep my attention before end rather than individual who waxes lyrical.