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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
Adds so much more depth to all the characters to really make you feel for the story and all that happens to them.Published 5 hours ago by Clayton Long
In the beginning of the novel I found the show and the novel pretty congruent. As I read I noticed some differences between the two, but the book helped me to understand the show... Read morePublished 23 hours ago by Eire
Sorry. I've not paid any attention to the TV series, heard it was a good story from friends... but seriously, I wasn't prepared for that level of amorality. Didn't finish it.Published 2 days ago by Todd
I greatly enjoy the book as of now I am reading the book as i watch the show so that I can compare the two. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Dylan
Amazing book, amazing series. Some bits are inappropriate, as can be expected, but easily skippable if need be. Give it a try.Published 3 days ago by Dml
Great TV show, better book. GRRM created a huge world while simultaneously being really immersive and detailed world without being boring.Published 3 days ago by Ben D.
Absolute must! Hard to follow the characters if you haven't seen the show. There are just tons of names and tons of different "towns"Published 3 days ago by KB