A Song of Fire and Ice is a series of fantasy novels written by George R R Martin. Now I don’t say that I am an expert in fantasy genre but I have read my own share. In my humble opinion, IT IS A MUST READ! It is perhaps on par with the Wheel of Time series, hundred times better than Lord of the Rings, a million times better than the Harry Potter and infinite times better than the Twilight Series (Thankfully I have not read the twilight series).
Of the seven expected books in the series, four have been published and I have just finished the fourth.
What makes the series so good is that there is no love for the good guys in it. They die more easily than the bad guys. When you think that you know how a battle is going to turn out, you are in for a surprise. When you read the first book, you start liking a character and you believe that he is the hero. Bam! His head rolls. That does not mean that all the good characters die, they do have luck going there way too. But you can never get too comfortable. And then there are the gray characters. When you start, you feel that certain characters are definitely bad. Babykillers for example. But later you start seeing it from their perspective and you feel that they are not so bad after all. The cunning characters like Varys, Tyrion, Littlefinger and Tywin are perhaps the most complex characters that you can hope to read.
Unlike the classic fantasy genre, there are no absolute good or absolute bad (may be except “The Mountain” who is definitely a bad one). The dialogues are masterful, especially Tyrion’s. Yea and it has lots of gore, sex and swearing. Its not a novel for kids.
The first three books won the Locus awards and were nominees for the nebula awards.
Now the bad part. The third book came out in 2000 and the fourth one in 2005. Its been five years and still no word of the next books. Many fans must have died waiting for the next book! If you cant bear the waiting don’t read ’em.
Now the really really good part!
HBO is making an original series on the books. 🙂 Expected to debut in Spring 2011, the series is going to rock!
Sean Bean would be playing Ned Stark. 🙂 🙂 🙂