There are epic fantasy stories, and then there are EPIC fantasy stories, A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin falls in the latter. Set in the vastness of Westeros and Essos, we embark on a journey of brutal battles and political intrigue as the protagonists vie for survival, power and revenge. We are introduced to a myriad of characters, who develop as we delve deeper into the story, we grow to love some and despise others. In what has become a trademark for this series, death features prominently amongst the main characters, good and bad, so that we can never rest on our laurels thinking that the heroes shall vanquish the villains as convention demands.
The series is as yet unfinished, with two more novels to come before the conclusion is reached, but the five will leave you gripped and wanting more.