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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 enjoy books that switch between characters as this one does. Reading the book added some much needed detail to the HBO series!Published 5 hours ago by G-Force
Game of Thrones begins as many fantasy novels do, with a hidden threat slowly gathering strength, an ancient enemy long forgotten. Read morePublished 8 hours ago by Adam Gentry
Very entertaining! Couldn't put the book down. Can't wait to begin reading the next one :) haven't watched the TV series, but I'm sure the books are 10x better, as usual...Published 14 hours ago by Leticia G.
Let me start by saying that I normally don't read this genre AT ALL.
I only bought this book because I kept seeing everybody and their brother posting about the series... Read more
I bought the books because I love the show and I've always been one to prefer books to the show. I thought I'd give this a try after all the rave reviews from friends. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Jumms
I wanted to read the book to discover information, primarily background information. This book gave just that. Read morePublished 1 day ago by A.Renee2003
An awesome series of books. It grabs you from the very beginning and never let's you go. Can't wait for the next book.Published 2 days ago by brenda meier
I love epic drama and "A Song of Ice and Fire" does not disappoint. This fantasy novel, sadly did not come to my attention until 2011 when the HBO series premiered. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Jearl Rugh, Author