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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.
Great story with plenty of details, plots and twists. However on closer examination there appears to be a significant amount of fluff, words, and descriptive verbiage that add... Read morePublished 1 hour ago by Low Down
I loved it. brilliant what twists and turns and the main characters die was great. What is to come nextPublished 3 hours ago by Margaret Mary
A LOT OF CHARACTERS, SO IF YOU HAVE DIFFICULTY FOLLOWING MULTIPLE CHARACTERS IN A BOOK THIS MAY NOT BE FOR YOU. KEEPS YOU INTERESTED AWAITING WHAT HAPPENS NEXT.Published 5 hours ago by Todd Bentley
I love the series on HBO but there is nothing like a meaty book to sink a reader's teeth in. There are a lot of details that I miss while watching and getting a feel of the... Read morePublished 16 hours ago by Brandy Wair
If you like the show then read the book! It is entertaining and of course gives some more depth and background to the characters.Published 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
Amazing writing. Incredible story. Intriguing characters. Makes me want more!Published 1 day ago by Dawn Davis