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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.
Good read. Would recommend. Will buy the next in the series. Would like to see the all of the movies as well.Published 1 hour ago by Puppette
Great book! I can't wait to read them all! A real page turner.Published 5 hours ago by Jeanie Knicely
this book definitely kept my attention start to finish, hard to put it down. I can't wait to read the next one.Published 1 day ago by lion
Adds so much more depth to all the characters to really make you feel for the story and all that happens to them.Published 1 day ago by Clayton Long
In the beginning of the novel I found the show and the novel pretty congruent. As I read I noticed some differences between the two, but the book helped me to understand the show... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Eire
Sorry. I've not paid any attention to the TV series, heard it was a good story from friends... but seriously, I wasn't prepared for that level of amorality. Didn't finish it.Published 4 days ago by Todd