I'd heard lot's of reviews about the book and the television show so figured it must be good and they weren't wrong. It didn't blow me away and it did take me 5 months to finish it but it was an enjoyable and exciting read.
Written in the third person narrative, each chapter is from different characters POV, making it hard to keep up and to understand the story line sometimes. I found it easy to keep up as I love multiple POV but for people that prefer one or two POV it might not be as enjoyable.
The setting of the book I absolutely loved! A fictional fantasy world with a medieval feel, which really added to the story line, drawing you in and getting you lost in the world of Westeros!
The only thing I can fault is that I found it a bit slow paced in places. Add the slow pace with the chapter length, as they are chunky chapters!, is the reason it took me so long to finish it. I didn't have the need to pick the book up and read but once I did pick it up and start reading it wasn't a chore and I did enjoy it.
Defiantly not for young readers, pretty obvious and self explanatory, and not for squeamish readers who don't like violence, sex and harsh and sensitive topics but defiantly a worthy read!