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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.
The first fifty or so pages are slow but it's so captivating. I loved it, can't wait to read the next one!Published 4 hours ago by Vanessa Claude
Amazing storytelling. Only drawback is the number of characters and houses to keep track of. I highly recommend, and I can't wait to read the next one.Published 8 hours ago by Amazon Customer
Great Book if you like this type of story. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series.Published 12 hours ago by Patrick Colvia
As others have said, the story seems to drag on forever, with battles, rapes and incomprehensible politics thrown in. Read morePublished 1 day ago by D. B. Raught
Unless you're really, really into make-believe kings, queens, and swords, it's pretty boring.Published 1 day ago by JuicyBacon
The series made me want to read the books and I was not disappointed. I needed these to tide me over until the next season. LOL.Published 2 days ago by Anna Williams
Good book. Certainly slow in places but it features a compelling story with great character development. Bought the second in the series immediately after finishing this one.Published 2 days ago by Jordan
A more personal, less magical counterpart of Wheel of Time and Stormlight Archives series.
Very gritty, somewhat dark - with dollops of humor - and a changing characterwise... Read more