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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.
But it is still a very great story. A must read for any fan of fantasy, the book of course takes you deeper into the world then the series on HBO, (And a great job they did... Read morePublished 5 hours ago by Brian Hutchinson
I like it but at the same time I find it kind of boring to read. I'm sure that's just me though. I think I'd like the TV show better, but the plot is good just ... Read morePublished 7 hours ago by Emerald Demona
I choose this rating because the audiobook is good. What I like about the audiobook is that long ago, in a time forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons out of balance. Read morePublished 10 hours ago by Jackie Morton
I am obsessed with this book. Rarely can a book bring out such raw emotion deep within me.
I have lived within the pages. Walked in many lands. Read more
I'm glad I've watched the series before reading the book. I think it helped me understand it better and I didn't get confused with all the characters. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Ashley
One of the first times I have enjoyed reading a book even after watching the movie/TV show...very entertaining and cannot wait to read the second book.Published 1 day ago by ebgym
While it may seem boring to read a book with the idea that there are no surprises, this is simply not the case. Read morePublished 2 days ago by ElevenBee
Amazing read. Absolutely addicted to the series. Fantastic to finish all of them.Published 2 days ago by Angelica