George R.R. Martin is the author of fifteen novels and novellas, including five volumes of A Song of Ice and Fire, several collections of short stories, as well as screenplays for television and feature films. Dubbed 'the American Tolkien', George R.R. Martin has won numerous awards including the World Fantasy Lifetime Achievement Award. He is an Executive Producer on HBO's Emmy Award-winning Game of Thrones, which is based on his A Song of Ice and Fire series. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
'Colossal, staggering... Martin captures all the intoxicating
complexity of the Wars of the Roses or Imperial Rome in his
imaginary world... one of the greats of fantasy literature.'
'Fantasy literature has never shied away from grandeur, but the
sheer-mind-boggling scope of this epic has sent other fantasy
writers away shaking their heads... Its ambition: to construct the
Twelve Caesars of fantasy fiction, with characters so venomous they
could eat the Borgias.'
'Truly epic... An extraordinarily rich novel... with its
magnificent action-filled climax, it provides a banquet for fantasy
lovers with large appetites... The book stands out from similar
work by virtue of its superbly developed characters, accomplished
prose and sheer bloody-mindedness.'
'A vast, rich saga, with splendid characters and an intricate
plot flawlessly articulated against a backdrop of real depth and
This story of power, politics, and people of the Seven Kingdoms is the setting for the Hugo-nominated third installment in the "Song of Fire and Ice" series. The numerous story threads are intense, compelling, and multifaceted as Martin weaves a tale full of battles, political infighting, plot twists, and complex characters. Tony Award-winning British actor Roy Dotrice provides an engaging narration. VERDICT Those unfamiliar with the series may need a character guide to keep track of all the players, but this will be welcomed by Martin's legion of fans and those enjoying the HBO production based on the series. ["A rousing saga that should appeal to most fans of grand-scale fantasy," read the review of the Bantam hc, LJ 11/15/00.-Ed.]-Denise A. Garofalo, Mount Saint Mary Coll. Lib., Newburgh, NY (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.