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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
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.
Great book . I love the television series but the books are even better. I have read every book and all I can say is wowPublished 1 day ago by Larry Washington Jr
Absolutely great book. So much better than the HBO version. Though I must admit I kept seeing the Dwarf Tyrion as depicted in that role.Published 2 days ago by Mildred Kolander
I would describe the book as a medieval fantasy. It is brilliantly written and the character development is wonderful. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Yug
Truly engaging story, rich character descriptions incredible climax and surprises. In general I found the story to be a mic of Lord of the rings meets 300Published 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
Intriguing read. Quite a few characters to keep track of as the story builds. Very well written. I enjoy the quasi-historical aspect of how things possible were back in the rough... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Maureen G.
Read the book after watching the series and still couldn't put it down! Gave much more detail and history of the characters which took a while to get my head around in the tv... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Kate