[[caption-width-right:350:Here there be many a trope, in the great wide world of Ice and Fire.]]

->''He is the prince that was promised, and his is [[TitleDrop the song of ice and fire]].''
-->-- '''Rhaegar Targaryen''', ''A Clash of Kings''

'''''A Song of Ice and Fire''''' is a bestselling {{Doorstopper}} epic fantasy series written by Creator/GeorgeRRMartin, considered to be his MagnumOpus. The first book out of [[TrilogyCreep seven]] was published in 1996, and the series reached its fifth book in mid 2011. In addition to the main books, there are shorter {{prequel}} novellas that form part of ''Literature/TalesOfDunkAndEgg''. In addition to this, there's the history novellas, accounts of Targaryen ancestors from before the series which are narrated as history chronicles from a Maester of the Citadel. The first two Dunk and Egg stories have been adapted into well recieved graphic novelizations.

!! Main series
# ''Literature/AGameOfThrones'' (1996)
# ''Literature/AClashOfKings'' (1998)
# ''Literature/AStormOfSwords'' (2000)
# ''Literature/AFeastForCrows'' (2005)
# ''Literature/ADanceWithDragons'' (2011)
# ''The Winds of Winter'' - not yet published
# ''A Dream of Spring'' - not yet published

!! Prequels

* Archmaester Gyldayn's Histories:
** ''The Princess and the Queen, or, The Blacks and the Greens'': A novella written as an in-universe history text, narrating the events of the Dance of the Dragons, a war of succession between rival Targaryen branches 170 years before the time of the main series.
** ''The Rogue Prince, or, The King's Brother'': A novella narrating the exploits of Prince Daemon Targaryen, including the events leading to "The Princess and the Queen", published in June 2014.
* ''Literature/TalesOfDunkAndEgg'' - Novellas set 90 years before the conflict of the main series. Three tales - "The Hedge Knight", "The Sworn Sword" and "The Mystery Knight", have been published, but George R. R. Martin has announced that this will be an ongoing series that will eventually chronicle the complete adventures of Dunk and Egg. These have also been adapted as graphic novels.

!! Companion books

* ''The Lands of Ice and Fire'': A book of poster-sized maps, including regions of the world that have yet to be explored in the novels.
* ''The World of Ice and Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones'': A series encyclopedia, co-written by Martin and Elio M. Garcia Jr. and Linda Antonsson, the admins of popular fansite Westeros.org. The book is framed as a history prepared for Robert Baratheon to brief him on the state of the realm before beginning his reign.

The series is primarily set on the continent of Westeros, in a world where the [[BizarreSeasons seasons can last for years]]. Fifteen years ago, lords Eddard Stark and Robert Baratheon and their foster father, Jon Arryn, rose up in rebellion and overthrew the [[RoyallyScrewedUp Mad King Aerys Targaryen]]. They appointed Robert to the throne and drove Aerys' children into exile, breaking the 300-year dynasty of inbred kings. Now, Eddard rules his northern homeland and raises his own family in peace. When Jon Arryn unexpectedly dies, King Robert ventures north to name his friend Eddard as the new Hand of the King, the most powerful man in the Seven Kingdoms after the king himself. The honourable Eddard must leave his home to join the corrupt court in King's Landing and find the truth about Jon's death, unwittingly setting in motion a civil war. Meanwhile, the vengeance-mad children of King Aerys live in exile in the east and plot their return to the Seven Kingdoms across the sea.

Eddard's bastard son Jon Snow decides to go far north to the Wall, an ancient structure erected to keep out a mysterious race of ice demons known as the Others, and manned and protected by the order of warriors known as the Night's Watch. The Others have been unseen for so long that most living people think them a myth, and the once-honourable Watch has been reduced to an ArmyOfThievesAndWhores that's a fraction of the size it once was. The Others are prophesied to return in the Longest Night, a winter colder than any other, which will last forever if the Others should conquer Westeros. Naturally, at the time these novels are set, [[ArcWords winter is coming]], and it could not come at a worse time for a land which is soon to be engulfed in tyranny and civil war, and threatened by invaders across the sea.

The series has been received with great acclaim, with TIME Magazine even going so far as to brand Martin "the American [[Creator/JRRTolkien Tolkien]]"--which is a bit of an irony, considering how different the two series are. They share a SwitchingPOV and rather infrequent instances of magic, but ''Ice and Fire'' has so many narrators that there is no central protagonist. The series is located on the ''far'' end of the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism, with [[GrayAndGrayMorality moral ambiguity]] very prevalent and few clear-cut heroes or villains. Martin plays for keeps with his characters, and AnyoneCanDie, no matter who they are, how safe they seem, how beloved by fans they are or how important they are to the setting's stability. There is no SaveTheWorldClimax scenario yet, either, but after four books the ThreeLinesSomeWaiting have finally started coming together in a much-alluded MythArc of great scope.


The first three books were released over the course of a decade, the second two over another. This caused some anxiety from fans, as ''A Storm of Swords'' had ended at a particularly precarious place; even worse, ''A Feast for Crows'' and ''A Dance with Dragons'' ended up suffering major structural problems that led to a lot of ScheduleSlip, exacerbated by Martin and/or over-eager vendors posting a publication date and then missing it with little-to-no explanation. Repeat this a few times, during which time fellow {{Fantasy}} {{Doorstopper}} writer [[TheWheelOfTime Robert Jordan]] [[AuthorExistenceFailure passes away]], and the end result was a very worried fanbase. Confirmation of a release was finally made by George R.R. Martin himself, and ''A Dance With Dragons'' was released on July 12th, 2011. It has not left the NYT Best-Seller list since.

The series has expanded into the "Dunk and Egg" series of {{prequel}} short stories.

A [[Series/GameOfThrones TV adaptation is now airing on HBO]]. Scripted by Dan Weiss and David Benioff, the show plans to do eight seasons, with ''A Storm of Swords'' comprising two seasons, the fifth and sixth seasons being a combination of ''A Feast For Crows'' and ''A Dance with Dragons'' but told chronologically rather than by splitting locations and characters as in the books, and all other seasons roughly corresponding to a single novel. By the time of its fourth season, it has become the highest-rated show in HBO history. Martin has been very supportive of the project, even writing some of the episodes (which are generally considered excellent; this is hardly surprising, given not only did he write the books but that he started off many years ago as a screenwriter) and has given Weiss and Benioff the outlines for ''The Winds of Winter'' and ''A Dream of Spring'' in case they outpace him for [[GeckoEnding one reason]] or [[AuthorExistenceFailure another]].

The series has spawned these licensed works:
* A video game, ''VideoGame/AGameOfThronesGenesis'', has dramatized some of the stuff that's AllThereInTheManual, covering the last thousand-or-so years of Westerosi history. It was joined by a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Game_of_Thrones_(video_game) negatively received video game]], also called ''Game of Thrones''. A browser-based online {{MMORPG}} called ''Game Of Thrones: Seven Kingdoms'' is also in the works. [[http://au.ign.com/articles/2013/11/21/telltale-is-developing-a-game-of-thrones-game Telltale have also announced a game based on the series]] based mostly on the TV show.
* A {{table top|Games}} RolePlayingGame was licensed through GreenRonin and [[http://greenronin.com/sifrp/ currently has three books released, a rulebook, a sourcebook, and a licensed adventure]].
* A [[http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/103343/a-game-of-thrones-the-board-game-second-edition table top strategy game]] has been published by Fantasy Flight Games.
* A cookbook, ''[[http://www.amazon.com/Feast-Ice-Fire-Official-Companion/dp/0345534492 A Feast Of Ice And Fire]]'' and a map folio ''[[http://www.westeros.org/ASoWS/News/Entry/Announcing_The_Lands_of_Ice_and_Fire/ The Lands Of Ice and Fire]]'' have been published.

As the page for the novels is already considerable and ever growing, please enter the tropes found only in the live action series and video game on their own pages.

For more information, see the [[Characters/ASongOfIceAndFire character sheet]], GRRM's "[[http://grrm.livejournal.com Not-a-blog]]" and [[http://www.winter-is-coming.net Winter Is Coming]], a central nexus for news on the TV show. Feel free also to check out our [[Recap/GameOfThrones recap page]] as well; while it focuses on the TV show, it still contains the gist of the novels (it is ''quite'' faithful) and documents any significant deviations.

Martin has released a few sample chapters for ''The Winds of Winter'' [[http://www.georgerrmartin.com/if-sample.html here]]. Others can be found online.

You can vote on the best book in the series [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/crowner.php/BestEpisode/ASongOfIceAndFire?open=all#9p8tu0te here]]!
!!This series provides examples of:

* ASongOfIceAndFire/TropesAToI
* ASongOfIceAndFire/TropesJToR
* ASongOfIceAndFire/TropesSToZ