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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.
If you like the HBO series, you will not be disappointed here. This first book corresponds to the 1st season of Game of Thrones. Read morePublished 3 minutes ago by jtshogs
I read this after watching the TV series but even so it was still a great read. I felt like I knew the characters and have already started the next book in the series.Published 2 hours ago by Rick
I found the book to be dragged out, needlessly wordy, and somewhat boring. I know there are lots of fans, but I like the television version.Published 3 hours ago by OceanBreeze873
Enjoyed reading this and am looking forward to #2. A lot of action and many characters to keep track of. Glad I was born in the 20th century!Published 5 hours ago by machinist retired
I am hooked on this series, already on the next book. Started the series on TV and had to read it to get all the extra parts of the story. Not sorry I started it.Published 8 hours ago by ladyhawk92
Really liked the book! I started with watching the HBO series then started reading the series. Reading really helps clarify the characters and is well worth the read even if you... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Katherine
Tolkien, being my five star standard, this is a solid three or three and a half. Gets off in the weeds on side stories that eventually wind back to the main story. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Cschriner
Too many characters doing too many different things (of which I didn't care about) since who was the king of some uninteresting people was, well, uninteresting. Read morePublished 1 day ago by SBG