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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
The book that started the series (both literary and TV). Taking fantasy to a new level.Published 14 hours ago by Bryan
great book....no spoilers here. If you watched the first season of Game of Thrones you know this book. It followed closely.Published 1 day ago by Raptornado
I watched the series first, then delved into the books. Love them both! The books help to explain a lot. More back story and intent. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Kindle Customer
Even after seeing the TV show I decided to read the book. Loved it even though I knew what was going to happen.Published 3 days ago by Adam
It took me a about 6 episodes to get into the HBO series; with the book, I was hooked on the first page. I can't wait to read the rest of them. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Yaquina
I saw these before I read them which is why I was unable to fully enjoy them as much as possible. I am glad there were a few surprises and I am looking forward to reading the... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Librarian
Not my favorite series of all time, but it's very complex and very different (lots of unexpected twists)Published 5 days ago by Renee M Goentzel