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Readers of epic fantasy series are: (1) patient--they are left in suspense between each volume, (2) persistent--they reread or at least review the previous book(s) when a new installment comes out, (3) strong--these 700-page doorstoppers are heavy, and (4) mentally agile--they follow a host of characters through a myriad of subplots. In A Game of Thrones, the first book of a projected six, George R.R. Martin rewards readers with a vividly real world, well-drawn characters, complex but coherent plotting, and beautifully constructed prose, which Locus called "well above the norms of the genre."
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.
In a world where the approaching winter will last four decades, kings and queens, knights and renegades struggle for control of a throne. Some fight with sword and mace, others with magic and poison. Beyond the Wall to the north, meanwhile, the Others are preparing their army of the dead to march south as the warmth of summer drains from the land. After more than a decade devoted primarily to TV and screen work, Martin (The Armageddon Rag, 1983) makes a triumphant return to high fantasy with this extraordinarily rich new novel, the first of a trilogy. Although conventional in form, the book stands out from similar work by Eddings, Brooks and others by virtue of its superbly developed characters, accomplished prose and sheer bloody-mindedness. Although the romance of chivalry is central to the culture of the Seven Kingdoms, and tournaments, derring-do and handsome knights abound, these trappings merely give cover to dangerous men and women who will stop at nothing to achieve their goals. When Lord Stark of Winterfell, an honest man, comes south to act as the King's chief councilor, no amount of heroism or good intentions can keep the realm under control. It is fascinating to watch Martin's characters mature and grow, particularly Stark's children, who stand at the center of the book. Martin's trophy case is already stuffed with major prizes, including Hugos, Nebulas, Locus Awards and a Bram Stoker. He's probably going to have to add another shelf, at least. Major ad/promo.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Hands down one of the best books I have ever read! With every page it just gets better and betPublished 1 day ago by George Shack
I can read anything, and I do. These books are exquisitely painful to read with gratuitous introduction of dozens of meaningless characters. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Dentish
I'm a big fan of George R.R. Martin. I had to read a hard copy of this first one 4 times already. I always get something new out of it each time. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Lorenzo Anthony
I am new to the series after watching the first three seasons. Now I have really enjoyed the greater plot and character depth available here.Published 5 days ago by Eric
LOVE IT ! I started reading after watching the TV series on HBO. Just fills in the blanks the series left out. I thought it would be more difficult to read but its is a good read. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Kathy Turner
Great book - I wasn't a huge fan of the show but the book is greatPublished 5 days ago by Max Power
Fabulous book - easy to read and well written - brings the characters to lifePublished 5 days ago by Jasmin Bird
I usually don't read books like these. But I LOVE the Game of Thrones Series. Already on book 3!Published 5 days ago by Amazon Customer