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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.
Beautiful story and the show is almost verbatim. I love this series.Published 35 minutes ago by langelas
Written in exquisite detail, A Game of Thrones is the first novel in the critically acclaimed “A Song of Ice and Fire” series written by George R. R. Martin. Read morePublished 20 hours ago by Christian N. Brooks
A stunning curtain raiser to a captivating saga thst will have your heart racing with every twist and turn. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Wan shihab
I loved the series so I loved getting the extra details in the book. Started on book 2 now.Published 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
In the past I had watched only small parts of the HBO series and really I was not hooked. However, I thought that the problem might be that I had not watched it from the very... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Gustavo Riestra R.
Enthralling! The best character development I have read in a long time.Published 2 days ago by Daniel Taryane