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Martin began writing the series in and the first volume was published in
There his family dwells in peace and comfort: his proud wife, Catelyn; his sons Robb, Brandon, and Rickon; his daughters Sansa and Arya; and his bastard son, Jon Snow. Far to the north, behind the towering Wall, lie savage Wildings and worse—unnatural things relegated to myth during the centuries-long summer, but proving all too real and all too deadly in the turning of the season. Yet a more immediate threat lurks to the south, where Jon Arryn, the Hand of the King, has died under mysterious circumstances. All are heading for Winterfell and a fateful encounter that will change the course of kingdoms.
Book:A Song of Ice and Fire
Martin began writing the series in and the first volume was published in Originally planned as a trilogy, the series now consists of five published volumes; a further two are planned. In addition there are three prequel novellas currently available, with several more being planned, and a series of novella-length excerpts from the main Ice and Fire novels. The story of A Song of Ice and Fire takes place in a fictional world , primarily on a continent called Westeros but also on a large landmass to the east, known as Essos.
There are three principal story lines in the series: the chronicling of a dynastic civil war for control of Westeros among several competing families; the rising threat of the Others, who dwell beyond an immense wall of ice that forms Westeros' northern border; and the ambition of Daenerys Targaryen , the exiled daughter of a king who was murdered in another civil war fifteen years before, to return to Westeros and claim her rightful throne.
As the series progresses, the three story lines become increasingly interwoven and dependent upon each other. The series is told in the third-person through the eyes of a number of point of view characters.
By the end of the fourth volume, there have been seventeen such characters with multiple chapters and eight who only have one chapter apiece. Several new viewpoint characters are introduced by the conclusion of the fifth volume, setting the stage for the major events of the sixth novel. A Song of Ice and Fire is set primarily in the fictional Seven Kingdoms of Westeros , a large, South American-sized continent with an ancient history stretching back some twelve thousand years.
A detailed history reveals how seven kingdoms came to dominate this continent, and then how these seven nations were united as one by Aegon the Conqueror, of House Targaryen. The novels, which begin fifteen years later, follow the fall-out from this event across three major storylines, set not only in Westeros but on the eastern continent as well.
The first storyline, set in the Seven Kingdoms themselves, chronicles a many-sided struggle for the Iron Throne that develops after King Robert's death. The throne is claimed by his son Joffrey , supported by his mother's powerful family, House Lannister. However, Lord Eddard Stark, King Robert's Hand, finds out Robert's children are illegitimate, and that the throne should therefore fall to the second of the three Baratheon brothers, Stannis.
The charismatic and popular youngest brother, Renly , also places a claim, openly disregarding the order of precedence, with the support of the powerful House Tyrell. While the claimants battle for the Iron Throne, Robb Stark , Lord Eddard Stark's heir, is proclaimed King in the North as the northmen and their allies in the Riverlands seek to return to self-rule. Likewise, Balon Greyjoy also re- claims the ancient throne of his own region, the Iron Islands, with an eye toward independence.
This so-called War of the Five Kings is the principal storyline of the first four novels; indeed, the fourth novel primarily concerns Westeros's recovery from it in the face of the coming winter and the political machinations of those seeking to gain in its aftermath.
In the wake of the war, four of the five self-proclaimed kings have been killed, leaving Stannis as the sole survivor. Stannis and his army, having gained little support from the Great Houses of Westeros, are presently at the Wall, far to the north where Stannis seeks to protect the realm from the threat of invasion, and simultaneously win the favor of the northern strongholds.
The second storyline is set on the extreme northern border of Westeros. Here, many thousands of years ago, a huge wall of ice and gravel was constructed by both magic and labor to defend Westeros from the threat of the Others , a race of now-mythical creatures living in the uttermost north. This Wall, mile-long, foot-tall, is defended and maintained by the Sworn Brotherhood of the Night's Watch , whose duty is to guard the kingdom against the Others.
By the time of the novels, the Others have not been seen in over 8, years, and the Night's Watch has devolved into essentially a penal colony: it is badly under-strength, manned primarily by criminals and refugees, with only a few knights or men of honor to stiffen them, and spends most of its time dealing with the human "wildlings" or "free folk" who live beyond the Wall.
This storyline is told primarily through the eyes of Jon Snow , bastard son of Lord Eddard Stark , as he rises through the ranks of the Watch, learns the true nature of the threat from the north, and prepares to defend the realm, even though the people of Westeros are too busy warring to send support. By the end of the third volume, this storyline is somewhat entangled with the civil war to the south. The third storyline is set on the huge eastern continent of Essos, across the narrow sea, and follows the adventures of Daenerys Targaryen , the last scion of House Targaryen in exile and another claimant to the Iron Throne.
Daenerys's adventures showcase her growing ability as she rises from a pauper sold into a dynastic marriage to a barbarian warlord to a powerful and canny ruler in her own right. Her rise is aided by the birth of three dragons, creatures thought long extinct, from fossilized eggs given to her as wedding gifts. Because her family standard is the dragon, these creatures are of symbolic value before they have grown big enough to be of tactical use.
Though her story is separated from the others by many thousands of miles, her stated goal is to reclaim the Iron Throne. The eponymous song of ice and fire is mentioned only once in the series, in a vision Daenerys sees in A Clash of Kings : "He is the prince that was promised, and his is the song of ice and fire ", spoken by a Targaryen probably Daenerys's dead older brother Rhaegar Targaryen about his infant son named Aegon.
It is implied that there is a connection between the song, the promise, and Daenerys herself. This is established more clearly in A Feast for Crows , when Aemon Targaryen identifies Daenerys as the heir that was promised. The phrase "ice and fire" is also mentioned in the Reeds' oath of loyalty to Bran in A Clash of Kings. However, the song and the promise are never mentioned again, and the song itself remains a mystery. The books are known for complex characters, sudden and often violent plot twists, and political intrigue.
In a genre where magic usually takes center stage, this series has a reputation for its limited and subtle use of magic, employing it as an ambiguous and often sinister background force.
The novels are narrated from a very strict third person limited omniscient perspective, the chapters alternating between different point of view characters. Martin's treatment of his characters makes them extremely hard to classify: very few can be labeled as "good" or "evil".
The author also has a reputation of not being afraid to kill any character, no matter how major. Martin had a longtime love of miniature knights and medieval history , but his early novels and short stories mostly fit into the science fiction and horror genres; however, eventually several fantasy stories did appear, such as The Ice Dragon , which he later turned into an illustrated children's book by the same name.
After Beauty and the Beast ended in , Martin returned to writing prose and started work on a science fiction novel called Avalon. In , while struggling with this story, Martin conceived of a scene where several youngsters find a dead direwolf with a stag's antler in its throat. The direwolf has birthed several pups, which are then taken by the youngsters to raise as their own. Martin's imagination was fired by this idea, and he eventually developed this scene into an epic fantasy story, which he first envisaged as a trilogy consisting of the novels A Game of Thrones , A Dance with Dragons and The Winds of Winter.
Martin had apparently not been previously inspired by the genre, but reading Tad Williams ' Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn series convinced him it could be approached in a more adult and mature way than previous authors had attempted. After a lengthy hiatus spent writing and producing a television pilot for a science fiction series he had created called Doorways , Martin resumed work in on A Game of Thrones and completed it the following year, although he was only partway through his initial plan for the first novel.
As a result, over time, Martin eventually expanded his plan for the series to include four books, then six, and finally seven, as the tale "grew in the telling," he said, quoting epic fantasy master J. Publication of A Game of Thrones followed in To fit A Game of Thrones into one volume, Martin had pulled out the last quarter or so of the book and made it the opening section of the second book, 's A Clash of Kings.
In May Martin noted that his manuscript for A Game of Thrones had been pages long without the appendices, and A Clash of Kings was even longer at pages. Numerous parallels have been seen between the events and characters in A Song of Ice and Fire and events and people involved in the Wars of the Roses. A similar reality-inspired conflict is the succession struggle called the Dance of the Dragons between two children Aegon II and Rhaenyra.
Each daughter is announced as her father's successor, but due to differing reasons, male rivals seize the crown and are anointed as rulers. During the dynastic struggle, the rival claimants are deposed and succeeded by the son Aegon III Targaryen and Henry II of England respectively of the original designated heir.
Neither Empress Matilda nor Rhaenyra actually ruled in their own name. Martin is an avid student of medieval Europe, and has said that the Wars of the Roses, along with many other events in Europe during that time, have influenced the series. However, he insists that "there's really no one-for-one character-for-character correspondence.
I like to use history to flavor my fantasy, to add texture and verisimilitude, but simply rewriting history with the names changed has no appeal for me.
I prefer to re-imagine it all, and take it in new and unexpected directions. Martin has also said the Albigensian Crusades are an influence for the series. Regarding content, there are some major differences between the series and much of the high fantasy genre, but its structure has much in common with The Lord of the Rings. If you look at Lord of the Rings, it begins with a tight focus and all the characters are together. Then by end of the first book the Fellowship splits up and they have different adventures.
I did the same thing. Everybody is at Winterfell in the beginning except for Dany, then they split up into groups, and ultimately those split up too. The intent was to fan out, then curve and come back together. Tolkien ,  Jack Vance  and Tad Williams ,  but the series differs from Tolkien's inspiration in its greater use of realistic elements. While Tolkien was inspired by mythology , A Song of Ice and Fire is more clearly influenced by medieval and early modern history, most notably Jacobitism and the Wars of the Roses.
As a result, illegitimate children play prominent roles throughout the series. This has led to the series being cited as the forerunners of a 'gritty' new wave of epic fantasy authors that followed, including Scott Lynch  and Joe Abercrombie. Martin has cited the cover blurb by Robert Jordan for the first book to have been influential in ensuring the series' early success with fantasy readers. Additionally there are also three prequel novellas, set in the same world, roughly 90 years before the main events, commonly known as the " Tales of Dunk and Egg " after their main protagonists:.
The Hedge Knight is also available as a graphic novel from Dabel Brothers Productions ; an adaptation of The Sworn Sword is forthcoming from the same company.
The author has said that he would like to write a number of these stories varying from six to twelve from interview to interview covering the entire lives of these two characters. Further, a collection containing the first three published Dunk and Egg novellas called A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms was published in Additionally there are also three novellas based on chapter sets from the books, previously in collected form in other outlets.
Furthermore, Martin released a "history compendium", a companion book to the main series, and has announced a second and third.
George R. Martin was already a successful fantasy and sci-fi author and TV writer before writing his A Song of Ice and Fire book series. Growing frustrated that none of his pilots and screenplays were getting made,  he was also getting tired of TV-related production limitations like budgets and episode lengths that often forced him to cut characters and trim battle scenes. Tolkien in his childhood, he wanted to write an epic fantasy but did not have any specific ideas. When Martin was between Hollywood projects in the summer of , he started writing a new science fiction novel called Avalon.
After three chapters, he had a vivid idea of a boy seeing a man's beheading and finding direwolves in the snow, which would eventually become the first non-prologue chapter of A Game of Thrones. Martin resumed work on A Game of Thrones in , selling the novel as part of a trilogy to his agent,  with the novels A Dance with Dragons and The Winds of Winter following. The finished manuscript for A Game of Thrones was pages long without the appendices ,  with the publication following in August The second book called A Clash of Kings was released in February in the United States,  with a manuscript length without appendices of pages.
Martin was several months late turning in the third book, A Storm of Swords. Bantam Books published A Storm of Swords in a single volume in the United States in November ,  whereas some other-language editions were divided into two, three, or even four volumes. Since the events in Dorne and the Iron Islands were to have an impact on the book, Martin eventually expanded the kingsmoot events to be told from three new viewpoints since the existing POV characters were not present in Dorne and the Iron Islands.
In , Martin was still optimistic that the fourth installment might be released in the last quarter of On one hand, Martin was unsatisfied with covering the events during the gap solely through flashbacks and internal retrospection. On the other hand, it was implausible to have nothing happening for five years.
Printing the book in "microtype on onion skin paper and giving each reader a magnifying glass" was also not an option for him. Since the characters were spread out across the world,  a friend of Martin suggested to divide the story geographically into two volumes, of which A Feast for Crows would be the first. Meanwhile, HBO acquired the rights to turn Ice and Fire into a dramatic series in  and aired the first of ten episodes covering A Game of Thrones in April With around pages in manuscript length,  A Dance with Dragons was eventually published in July after six years of writing,  longer in page count and writing time than any of the preceding four novels.
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