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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've been watching the series on HBO and reading the book gives a greater understanding of the characters and events. Thoroughly enjoying it.Published 19 hours ago by Nancy
Wow, I just finished this book and I have to say that it is one of the only books that I truly did not want to end. Let's start with the characters. Read morePublished 1 day ago by James Agee
Good read. Would recommend. Will buy the next in the series. Would like to see the all of the movies as well.Published 1 day ago by Puppette
Great book! I can't wait to read them all! A real page turner.Published 1 day ago by Jeanie Knicely
this book definitely kept my attention start to finish, hard to put it down. I can't wait to read the next one.Published 2 days ago by lion
Adds so much more depth to all the characters to really make you feel for the story and all that happens to them.Published 3 days 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 4 days ago by Eire