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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 book is long and took me almost 200 pages just to get into it...but then I was totally addicted!! Read morePublished 5 hours ago by Jocelyn Earnest Heckler
Absolutely phenomenal. No idea why it took me so long to pick this up. Oh. I remember. It's so bloody long! Read morePublished 9 hours ago by The Flashlight Reader
Great fantasy. Kind of like "Lord of the Rings" without the Elf songs and the page to describe a flowing river.Published 9 hours ago by Chris Neville
Even though I watched the HBO series before reading this book it didn't take anything away from the reading. Had me immediately. Hard to put down. Gotta go and start book #2.Published 2 days ago by juniper
Great! Book gonna hear the audio now. Can't wait to hear the narration. Can't wait to finish it right now.Published 2 days ago by Kindle Customer
The writing alone is worth the read. The detail can be described as Moby Dick in some circles. I highly recommend.Published 3 days ago by Christopher Dale Wood