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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.
A good read. A world where one can almost glimpse the magic.
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I am fortunate that the Queen of England is a fan of the TV series (which I cannot get), not having HBO. I turned instead to the books, and this one had me enthralled.Published 17 hours ago by M. Goodlin
I cannot understand any of the reviewers who give this less than three stars. Every page holds ones interest and the story is magnificent. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Mr. Stephen Parkin
It took awhile for me to get into the rhythm and the writing style (about 4 or 5 chapters or so). After that, it was a fun read with parallel story lines. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Thanh T Nguyen
I like the way it moves, and how it gives each character an in depth view of their personalityPublished 1 day ago by Anne E Balcom
Knowing nothing about the books and never having watched the series on HBO, I did not know what to expect. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Marc E