A Song of Fire and Ice (A Game of Thrones) Series

Book review by Michael Berry, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 17+

Dark, violent epic upends the usual fantasy clichés.

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 14 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 52 reviews

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age 18+

Epic tale but not for kids

This is an epic tale with strong links to historical events of the Middle Ages (circa 15th century) and practices of the age. I would recommend the series as a must read for any lover of fantasy. However, I would strongly advise against children reading these books due to themes and events that should not be taken lightly or normalised in the eyes of children. Adult themes include: Graphic violence, war, murder, executions, torture, mutilation and war crimes. Graphic sex and sexual acts, incest, rape, gang rape, genital mutilation, prostitution, domestic violence, subjugation of women, forced child marriage. Bigotry, xenophobia, slavery and servitude. Normalised alcoholism and drug use. Occasional profane language.

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Educational value
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Too much violence
Too much sex
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Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 14+

Fun read but discuss gender roles

It is a fun read over all, but there are some really unsavoury scenes in it. My take is don't prohibit any books, but do discuss them. It is not terribly graphic, the problem is more with the ideas that are being conveyed: a 13 year old girl being sold off into forced marriage, raped daily and starting to enjoy the rape and fall in love with the rapist?! That is fantasy alright. And throughout most of the book braveness (and manliness) is equated with physical strength, sword swinging and killing. It is a very 1950 view of gender. There are other themes that offset this somewhat: a person with dwarfism, a boy who looses the ability to walk after an accident and has to find a new identity, a fat cowardly man who finds his own brand of braveness. So, let them read it, but discuss it! And, FYI, there are lots of issues with beloved fantasy classics - for instance, I find Tolkien quite racist.

This title has:

Too much violence

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