This is the third of George R.R. Martin’s wildly successful series of fantasy novels known as the Game of Thrones. It has been raised to an entirely new level of popularity by being screened as a series of high-budget and rather spectacular television programmes. In fact, it is thanks to the TV version that I decided to carry on reading this series: I have read and reviewed the first two books elsewhere on this site and was rather underwhelmed – there did not seem to be a full and believable world for the characters to inhabit, the language and particularly the dialogue is too often stilted and it probably did not help that so many of the protagonists are children – each of the books (the first three, anyway) is divided into chapters and each one takes the first person perspective of one of the protagonists and, frankly, children (especially other people’s children) are just not that interesting.
Read the full review here.