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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 got this book because I knew I would like the story but I didn't wanna watch the show. I'm not a fan of nudity and graphic violence which I know is a large part of it. Read morePublished 14 hours ago by junievoh
Great book, but get ready to read all of them as not much happens in the first book.Published 16 hours ago by Marissa Suri
Loved this fantasy fiction book and can't wait to read the next one. Not quite as graphic as the HBO series but I still plenty of sex and violence. Read morePublished 18 hours ago by Dan A Passannante
A lot of characters to remember but the author makes it easy to follow each one. Can't wait to read to the next book in the series. Read morePublished 19 hours ago by M. V.
I admit to reading this book after watching all of the seasons of the show that have been made thus far. Read morePublished 22 hours ago by Bliss Daniels
George RR Martin is rare breed of writer that tempers the thrill of fantasy with the harsh unpredictability of humanity. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Tim Harvey
The best series I have ever read for a long time. This did not keep me away from the other books of martin so I t hink this is rather pivotal to his success as a writer.Published 1 day ago by Tommy Rogers