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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 --This text refers to an alternate Mass Market Paperback edition.
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.
11/10 would buy again, best board game of the 1920s and the Triassic period. May the force be with you Harry potterPublished 9 hours ago by L. Maloney
Enjoyed it over all but there are soooo many characters it can make it difficult to stay "in the story" when you are trying to keep track of who all the people are.Published 1 day ago by Pippynoodle
Reading the book is helping with keeping all of the story lines straight in the TV seriesPublished 1 day ago by K. Louthan
just miserable to read for me. its a soap opera with hard to pronounce names.Published 1 day ago by William Hayes
I am hooked! Ordered all the books in the series. I've never read anything like it.Published 1 day ago by Anne W. Talbot
Hardest book I ever read that I completed. Never was I so glad to get to the end.Published 1 day ago by genegaul