George R. R. Martin/A Song of Ice and Fire

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A Song of Ice and Fire is an epic fantasy opus by George R. R. Martin.

When finished, it will consist of six volumes. Three have already been published:

  • A Game of Thrones (1996)
  • A Clash of Kings (1999)
  • A Storm of Swords (2000)

Three are yet to come:

  • A Dance with Dragons (Fall 2002)
  • The Winds of Winter
  • not yet named, tentatively called A Time for Wolves

A Song of Ice and Fire is set in a fictitious world reminiscent of Europe in the Middle Ages, except for the fact that in this worlds seasons can last decades. The plot is recounted from the perspectives of more than ten main characters and takes place on the two continents of Westeros and Valyria, the former being the locale of fierce power struggles between several aristocratic families after the death of king Robert Baratheon, who by lineage, marriage and personal relationships had united them all. Meanwhile, the last offspring of House Targaryen, which had ruled over Westeros before being expelled by Robert and his allies, is trying to find allies herself to reconquer the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros. But all of them ignore the oncoming winter and the dangers it brings about.