Game of Thrones is high fantasy without relying too heavily on magic use and mystical creatures; I think that is part of what makes it so appealing to the masses. Instead, GoTthrives on a synergy of intricate world-building and carefully developed characters to reel you into its subtly fantastical story, replete with graphic descriptions of sex, gore, and moral grey areas that are not often seen in this genre. Combined with its prominent political elements, GoTmakes for a more mature and realistic read compared to, say, Lord of the Rings.
It’s no wonder that this book was so easily translated into a TV show. George R.R. Martin’s writing is masterfully fluid and evocative. This really helped me to digest the complexity of the plot and the overwhelming multitude of characters. The world of GoT felt convincing and complete, and I often marveled at the fact that this book was written by a single person.
I hunger for the next installment in the series.