One of the things I liked about it was the gritty reality in it, especially having read The Sword of Truth novels (Terry Goodkind) where everything turns out rosy and throughout the books very few major characters die, and it was refreshing. When I read how things were unfolding I seriously thought that Ned Stark would be sent to the wall instead of executed and so was suprised when it happened. People die, especially in the age that GoT was set in. Something that Goodkind didn't quite manage to achieve.
As to the characters...as I was reading I found that some I liked, some I didn't, and some I was undecided about (which I suppose is how life works). So here's the idea:
Characters I liked
- Lord Eddard Stark (Ned) - What really isn't to like, he is an honourable man who holds his family and friends dear to him, and it really is clear that he loves them all, he seems to be completely different to his wife Catelyn Tully to me though. His death was particularly sad, though it may be because it was seen through Ayra's eyes as well, but it did reflect the fact that in war the good people are often the first victims.
- Ayra Stark
- Robb Stark
- Jon Snow
- Princess Daenerys Targaryen - I'm not sure whether you're supposed to like Dany or not, but I really like her (and her husband Drogo) as a person and a character...I just hope I like the Blood of the Dragon after reading the next few books!
- Lord Renly Baratheon
Characters I didn't like:
- King/Prince Joffrey Baratheon
- Queen Cersei Lannister
- King Robert Baratheon
- Lady Lysa Tully
There are a few characters who I'm not clear on my feelings for, like Sansa Stark, who just seemed way too innocent and naive to me, yet she didn't protect her own family when she needed to, this really lost her points. She just didn't seem to see the people or things around her clearly and I believe this helped lead to the Stark's downfall. Another character like this is Tyrion Lannister because there is something about him which seems suprisingly honest and he does seem to be a good person by nature, yet there is still something cruel about the dwarf and I just don't know how I feel about him as a character. The other character like this, perhaps more suprisingly, is Jamie Lannister, at the start there was a definate dislike but I think he grew on me, he is hot headed and impatient, pretty normal traits in some people his age, but he never does anything (past pushing Bran Stark off the tower and causing him to become a cripple) bad, and compared to most of the other characters thats not bad!) that could be considered as pure evil. There's just something about him that makes me think I may grow to like him the more I read.
Til Next Time,