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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.
Book One feels entirely driven by a plotting plan....or should I say plodding plan? The superficiality of the characters is due to the fact, I believe, that they are stick figures... Read morePublished 11 hours ago by D. Scott
Great book, once you start its hard to put down. Looking forward to reading the rest of the books in these series.Published 1 day ago by Omar
The day I started reading this book I did not imagine it to be nearly as good as what HBO has been able to pull off. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Soroosh Akef
This was my fourth fantasy book and pleased with the story. It did not have overly lengthy lineage that was presented in another series I started to read. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Marco U. Evans
Well written and adds depth to characters that the tv series can't.Published 2 days ago by Greg Coonfare
Thats not to say the book is bad, it's fantastic, the show is just better. That's probably because the show is a word for word clone of the book, with a $5,000,000 per episode... Read morePublished 3 days ago by nes