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"He is the prince that was promised, and his is 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 George R. R. Martin. The series premiered in 1996, and there have been five books released in the series so far, with the most recent published in 2011.

Set in a medieval fantasy world, the series primarily follows various political and supernatural threats to the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros, a vast nation still recovering from a civil war that ousted the previous ruling dynasty of three centuries, the Targaryens.

The plot begins by focusing on the Stark family, an ancient and venerable noble house that rules the frigid and sparsely populated North. Forced to journey south and enter the unfamiliar territory of the capital, King's Landing, the family must suddenly contend with deadly court politics, intrigue, plots, feuds and mysteries from a host of rival factions.


As the nobles busy themselves playing the game of thrones, a supernatural threat looms beyond the Wall to the far north that threatens to destroy the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros and drive the continent into a permanent winter. Meanwhile, the last Targaryen scions, now in exile, have their sights set on reconquering the Seven Kingdoms and reclaiming their family's throne with fire and blood.

The novels feature a large ensemble cast, narrated in chapters that relate action from the third-person limited perspective of alternating protagonists, some of them on opposing sides of a conflict. Many of the plots and subplots of the protagonists overlap with each other directly and indirectly, while others merely parallel the central action or counterpoint it in key ways.

In addition to the main series of novels, there are a variety of spin-offs and related media, including prequels and in-universe history texts.


Main series

  1. A Game of Thrones (1996)
  2. A Clash of Kings (1998)
  3. A Storm of Swords (2000)
  4. A Feast for Crows (2005)
  5. A Dance with Dragons (2011)
  6. The Winds of Winter (TBD) note 
  7. A Dream of Spring (TBD)

Prequels and spin-off media

  • Tales of Dunk and Egg: Novellas set 90 years before the main series.
  • The World of Ice & Fire: An in-universe history book and encyclopedia written by Maester Yandel as a gift to King Robert, in which is compiled the history and culture of their world.
  • Fire & Blood: A history book focused on the Targaryen dynasty written from an in-universe perspective.
  • Archmaester Gyldayn's Histories: Elements from Fire and Blood that were earlier published separately.
    • The Princess and the Queen, or, The Blacks and the Greens
    • The Rogue Prince, or, The King's Brother
    • The Sons of the Dragon
  • The Rise of the Dragon: Covers the same material as the Fire and Blood, but with more encyclopedic, The World of Ice and Fire-like style.

For adaptations and other spin-offs see Franchise.A Song Of Ice And Fire.

For more information, see the character sheet and GRRM's blog.

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