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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.
Excellent book, the HBO series follows it very well, except the series is a bit more graphic. George RR Martin did an excellent job makng his characters and scenery seem to come... Read morePublished 13 hours ago by Eric Lee
I actually watched Game of Thrones before I started reading the books, which helped me get through the book with ease. Read morePublished 17 hours ago by Amazon Customer
Wonderful book. I was hooked from the first chapter and I can't wait to read the rest of the series.Published 1 day ago by BethHej
This book is beyond sewage. It may be well described sewage, but it is nothing more than mental sewage sewn up into a book. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Rabid Reader
Reading the book long after watching the TV series has been an enjoyable experience. It was pleasant to read that very little is different, but the book is yet more detailed, more... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Dan Thompson, Author
I'm not a huge fan of this genre but this really held my interest. A bit too many characters and sometimes I got a bit lost with some of the minor characters but the plot held... Read morePublished 2 days ago by R. Driscoll