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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 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 7 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 17 hours ago by Amazon Customer
Amazing writing. Incredible story. Intriguing characters. Makes me want more!Published 19 hours ago by Dawn Davis
I decided to drop my cable and just get local channels. Anything else I can watch on Netflix or Amazon, except HBO. I had seen the first season and was hooked like everyone else. Read morePublished 2 days ago by jimkata2000
I love the Game of Thrones series--can't wait for the next book to be released!Published 3 days ago by Linda Cooper-smith