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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.
Great book! Would have given 5 stars but I genuinely feel that the sex scenes and language were never needed in the book for the story. Other than that an excellent book!Published 4 hours ago by NeoRN13
After watching the series I got turned on to the books and it was great entertainment watching then reading not the usual order of things but it was fun going back in my mind as I... Read morePublished 6 hours ago by Rich
That's all I have to say. Not brilliant. Adequate. Not sure what else to say but I need eleven words oh now I can submitPublished 8 hours ago by rosewart
Great action packed storytelling. Read this book then watch the tv series on HBOgo.Published 14 hours ago by Phedrang
The way the the book "tell" us the tale is really dynamic with the "eyes" of the characters at each chapter.Published 1 day ago by Jefferson Andrade