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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.
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 11 hours 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 15 hours ago by Kristen Brandsen
Roy Dotrice's true calling shows through as he transports you body and soul into the lives of the people, great and small, that inhabit these kingdoms. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Karen Kemnitz
I do watch the show but I wanted to read the books however I found it long winded and I hated the way the chapters were done. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Christine Swauger
I stopped reading this book because it left me feeling nothing but bad (either sad, angry, or sick (rape, incest, killing/maiming of children/animals with absolutely no hope or... Read morePublished 1 day ago by avidreader
I could not get into this series. I read the first book and couldn't find any noteworthy characters who were not killed off. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Gloria J. Price