A Song of Ice and Fire – Final Thoughts | Blogmas Day 15


blogmas 2016, book reviews, mini reviews / Thursday, December 15th, 2016

I can finally say it, I have managed to read the entire published A Song of Ice and Fire series and I can finally cross it off my personal reading challenge list. There were moments where I questioned whether or not I was going to make it. Or even if I wanted to if I’m honest. This isn’t the easiest of series to get through. In fact it was one of the worst to get through, not for any other reason than the fact it was so damn long. Haha, trying to keep a track of character storylines and what was happening in the different places was the hardest part of it all.

I thought I would give you a run down of the books I loved the most and the books I could have done without. Then I thought I would go through my favourite characters and why. I hope this is going to be spoiler free, but there might be a few moments that could be seen as a little spoilery. So warning here and now!

Favourite books in A Song of Ice and Fire

A Dance With Dragons

I’m counting the two parts in this. This was by far my favourite book of the entire series. This was where everything began to happen and it was where for me the characters began to shine through. It was one of the longest but it was well paced and there weren’t any slow moments that left me wanting to put it down or give up. I could easily keep up with what was happening in each character’s life story and it was a breath of fresh air not to have to keep up with eight hundred characters and what they were doing.

A Game of Thrones

The first one is always the best in a series in my experience and this one is no exception. I found that this one drew me in. It kept me captive in the world and made me want to read the others. The introductions to the main characters were written in such a way that made it an easy read. By the time I had finished it I knew which characters I was rooting for and which ones I just couldn’t be bothered with.

Least favourite books in A Song of Ice and Fire

Feast for Crows

I don’t think this book was necessarily bad, it just wasn’t the greatest. In fact it took me almost three weeks to read because it was just so slow. There seemed to be a lot supposed to be happening but there was a lot more faff and explanation than I needed. It was too much at times. I almost gave up on the rest of the series because of this one book.

Favourite characters

Tyrion

He has been a favourite throughout. There has never been a moment where I haven’t found him interested or funny. He is a well written character, with some great one liners and a fantastic storyline. There is so much going on, I just couldn’t help falling in love with all the things he’s done.

All of the Starks

I have to say that no matter the Stark I love them, or come to love them, either one. I think that as one the main families in the books they were interesting and they always had the best of the storylines. Plus their development is some of the greatest, I think they are the only family to go through such dramatic growth and change as a whole.

Least favourite characters in A Song of Ice and Fire

Bran

I hate his whinging and whining inner monologues. Plus I hate his storyline. I hate the way he treats those around him. He is an awful character and an awful person. He’s boring and he really irritates me. I don’t know whether I’m the only one but I struggle reading his POV.

Overall opinion of A Song of Ice and Fire

I loved this series, I can’t wait for the next one to come out, who knows when that’ll be, but I wait with baited breath. I wouldn’t recommend it for anyone who struggles with long series or super complex series because it would just go straight over your head. There’s no enjoyment in that.

Have you read this series? Or even one of these books? Did you enjoy it?

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8 Replies to “A Song of Ice and Fire – Final Thoughts | Blogmas Day 15”

  1. I still have one more book to go in this series. I agree with your opinion of Tyrion. He’s my favorite character in the series for the simple reason that he breaks my heart. And he surprised me by turning out to be a good guy because in the first book all I knew about him was that he was a Lannister and all Lannisters were evil. Of course if you keep reading you find that not to be the case, especially when it comes to Tyrion. A Dance With Dragons is sitting on my nightstand right now waiting for me, but I’m also trying to get through Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series (also consisting of 800-900 page books) so I’ll get to it when I get to it. My main complaint about A Song of Ice and Fire is that it is a fantasy series that is more about political scheming than magic and adventure. Not my favorite brand of fantasy, but an amazing example of world-building, nonetheless.

    1. Aw, my heart breaks for Tyrion and all the stuff he has to go through. He makes me want to cry if I’m completely honest! I hate the majority of the Lannisters, they all seem to be idiots galore. I have some sympathy for Cersei and her walk of shame. It was hard to see such a strong woman reduced to that. I have bought the first Outlander book, but put it aside because of how long it is. Maybe I’ll try and get through them in 2017.
      Political scheming is my favourite kind of fantasy so I’m all set but I am wondering how much magic will come in with the Others and what’s beyond the wall. It does make you wonder.

      Thanks for the comment!

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