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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.
Awesome! I watched the series on HBO. It makes me so happy that the tv series seems to have lived up to the book thus far.Published 10 hours ago by Kathryn Croft
In many parts of the book, I thought "haven't I read this before". Some of the things are so similar to Tolkien that it's unnerving. Read morePublished 13 hours ago by Randy Given
A page turner. Cannot wait to watch the series and see this story come to life. A story like no otherPublished 23 hours ago by LN
Beautiful story and the show is almost verbatim. I love this series.Published 2 days ago by langelas