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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 waited a long time to start this book series. People I trusted told me it was good. I held off. The TV show got rave reviews. I still waited. Read morePublished 4 hours ago by Shawn
Brought the book on a recommendation from a book store owner and have to say, some of the writing was not what I was hoping for.Published 12 hours ago by Sis
Great book to read, you are in for a long and bloody road with this series.Published 13 hours ago by Weyah's Realm
I love this series of books. I watched the first season of the HBO show and was instantly hooked. So I figured,what the hell I'll read the books,and a year and a half later,I've... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Amy Hubler
I've never given much thought to George R.R Martin's books before nor the HBO show...until fairly recently. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Jeremy