newman, September 20, 2011 (view all comments by newman)
George Martin's writing is very detailed and descriptive. I read the book before the series on HBO was released and felt that the screenwriters and set designers had a map of where they should go and what should be said. The book was captivating; I found myself reading much longer than I needed to everyday. I love a good series, especially fantasy. Highly recommend, but make sure you don't have to be anywhere (cause you won't want to put it down). Also, don't fall in love with any one character because Mr. Martin is not afraid to kill one off, main or minor.
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bookgirl94, September 10, 2011 (view all comments by bookgirl94)
Epic! I loved this. It was the best fantasy book that I had read in a long time. It was impossible to put down and the rest of the series is just as amazing.
by Denver Post,
"The major fantasy of the decade...compulsively readable."
by Chicago Sun-Times,
"We have been invited to a grand feast and pageant: George R. R. Martin has unveiled for us an intensely realized, romantic but realistic world."
by Publishers Weekly, starred review,
"A Best Book of 1996: Martin makes a triumphant return to high fantasy...[with] superbly developed characters, accomplished prose, and sheer bloodymindedness."
"A splendid saga....Inventive and intricately plotted."
"George R. R. Martin's first fantasy epic [is set] well above the norms of the genre."
by Anne McCaffrey,
"Such a splendid tale and such a fantasticorical! I read my eyes out and couldn't stop 'til I finished and it was dawn."
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LAIA is a Scholar living under the iron-fisted rule of the Martial Empire. When her brother is arrested for treason, Laia goes undercover as a slave at the empires greatest military academy in exchange for assistance from rebel Scholars who claim that they will help to save her brother from execution.
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When Laia and Eliass paths cross at the academy, they find that their destinies are more intertwined than either could have imagined and that their choices will change the future of the empire itself.
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