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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.
The series made me want to read the books and I was not disappointed. I needed these to tide me over until the next season. LOL.Published 6 hours ago by Anna Williams
Good book. Certainly slow in places but it features a compelling story with great character development. Bought the second in the series immediately after finishing this one.Published 12 hours ago by Jordan
A more personal, less magical counterpart of Wheel of Time and Stormlight Archives series.
Very gritty, somewhat dark - with dollops of humor - and a changing characterwise... Read more
While I had to read the first three chapters over again to get a handle on the characters and their relationships, I did not want to out this book down. Read morePublished 23 hours ago by Patricia
Wolf kills whore 11/10 -IGN
Although seriously this book is an amazing piece of historical fiction crossed with high fantasy. Well worth your time.
This series is outstanding. Sweeping story lines, complex character development and all the intrigue anyone could want.Published 1 day ago by Booky VonReaderson