I prepared some notes simultaneously while reading “A Game Of Thrones”. But as I went along, it dawned on me that I won’t be rendering full justice to this epic series if I gave my opinion right away. I need to read at least half of the series in order to do that(my ratings may change accordingly in future).
So I would conclude my review by admitting that yes, this book has some clichéd characters as some reviewers have pointed out here (And I admit that even I was a bit critical about this book halfway through)but on the other hand, there are characters like Tyrion Lannister, Arya Stark, "the bastard" Jon Snow among others about whom I want to read more. Also, Daenerys (Dany) Stormborn’s character is better realized than I expected it to be.
The plethora of characters in Martin’s world is in itself a great achievement, but a downside of having too many characters is that you are bound to have some characters which are totally stupid or disgusting (Sansa, Lady Lysa, Viserys to name a few).
But personally, I am okay with that. In my opinion, this book is the most awesome prelude to any series if ever there was one.4.5 stars