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Martin's Seven Kingdoms resemble England during the Wars of the Roses, with the Stark and Lannister families standing in for the Yorks and Lancasters. The story of these two families and their struggle to control the Iron Throne dominates the foreground; in the background is a huge, ancient wall marking the northern border, beyond which barbarians, ice vampires, and direwolves menace the south as years-long winter advances. Abroad, a dragon princess lives among horse nomads and dreams of fiery reconquest.
There is much bloodshed, cruelty, and death, but A Game of Thrones is nevertheless compelling; it garnered a Nebula nomination and won the 1996 Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel. So, on to A Clash of Kings! --Nona Vero --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
I started in 2000 and read the first 3 books back-to-back-to-back...then waited 4 years for book 4, and 6 years for book 5.
Incredible world building, character development, plot twists, intrigue, unexpected plot twists... Martin does it all, and does it well.
Martin keeps the complicated plot moving by dividing the book into relatively short chapters, all from the POV of a different character.
Intriguing read. Quite a few characters to keep track of as the story builds. Very well written. I enjoy the historical aspect. Read morePublished 6 hours ago by Maureen G.
Read the book after watching the series and still couldn't put it down! Gave much more detail and history of the characters which took a while to get my head around in the tv... Read morePublished 9 hours ago by Kate
I have not watched the TV adaptation, so found it rather confusing at first to sort out all the characters. I am now hookedPublished 9 hours ago by Amazon Customer
Great book, perhaps best I've ever read.
13 more words required at the point where I started: 13. Just filling up space.
I saw the television shows and thoroughly enjoyed them. But as always, there is much more to the story in a book, so bought the books. Read morePublished 20 hours ago by Cattlequeen
I liked it better than the show. There are so many more things in this that would have made the show so much better.Published 2 days ago by Adam Paulsen
Lenghty book but worth making it to the end! Has such charecter depth that the tv show cant get into. Such a great story line. Team Stark! :)Published 2 days ago by Kristen Brandsen