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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 best book I have ever read. it starts off slow and then gives you this urge to not put it down even after reading a chapter over and over again.Published 1 day ago by Patrick Stoddard
Was gonna start watching the series but decided to read the books first. I hate trying to follow multiple story lines and so many characters in a show/movie, so figures reading the... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Dreynaz
The characters are by far more complex and interesting in the book than the show. Granted I've only seen a few episodes, I don't think I'll watch anymore after reading this. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Timmy
I have read the entire series. I ordinarily read thrillers, so this was a departure for me. These are, without doubt, the best books I have ever read. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Cathy Wallace