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**4.5 Stars** A must for all historical fantasy fans
on 31 August 2015
I started reading this after season 5 had finished, so I already knew what to expect but that didn't take anything away from the story. Although I'm already a GOT fan, this had me hooked from start to finish. It didn't matter that I knew what was going to happen or to whom, I still found myself shedding a tear at certain scenes, getting angry with certain characters, and falling in love with others.
George R.R. Martin's writing is fluid, and I found it very difficult to put the book down. I even ended up taking it to work with me, just so I could read a chapter during my coffee break! The only reason I haven't given it 5-stars is because of the list of names that gets reeled off from time-to-time, when I know that they're not going to make a reappearance. I found them unnecessary and on occasion I became confused as to who was who, despite having seen the series.
This is definitely one of those books that is better than the TV series - you learn a lot more about the characters, a lot more back story and history, and I found myself becoming more attached to them. I've now started reading Book 2, and would highly recommend any historical fantasy fan to pick this series up.