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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 don't think I really need to say much as there are many other reviews and the television adaptation of A Song of Ice and Fire has surpassed even The Sopranos in popularity. Read morePublished 9 hours ago by Edward N. Hurd
This is an extraordinary novel written by a writer well in command of his craft. It's far more than a pot boiler, though it's a very story. Read morePublished 21 hours ago by CJA
This is a great book, but I'm sure that you're here reading reviews because everyone has told you about how amazing Game of Thrones is. Read morePublished 21 hours ago by Amazon Customer
I find it is taking a long time for me to get through this read. I am more interested in how of the story telling than the story itself.Published 1 day ago by Karen M
It's a great read and a good way to understand the backstories if you've watched the HBO series.Published 2 days ago by Terry A. Nebel
Martin's world rivals that of any of the fantasy greats. I look forward to reading them all. The American Tolkien, indeed.Published 2 days ago by Dillon
Pffft, who needs a review? Why are you even reading this? You will read this book. You know you will.. If for no other reason, you will pick this up, thanks to HBO. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Benjamin Smith