Best Fantasy Book Series

A Song of Ice and Fire

Review

A Song of Ice and Fire sets the standard for great Epic Fantasy. It contains a myriad of plot lines told from several perspectives about danger from within the Seven Kingdoms and without. This series is exactly what we expect from Epic Fantasy.

The main story follows the battle between several factions vying for power and ultimate control of the Iron Throne and the Seven Kingdoms. But winter is coming, and with it some very bad things. Will the warring lords see the threat coming from the North, or will winter destroy them all? Oh, and there are dragons, don’t forget the dragons, they’ll probably help somehow. 

The thing that makes A Song of Ice and Fire such a great series is the way multiple small and large sub-plots are weaved together to form a larger sub-plot that is layered just below an overarching plot.  In the series, individual scheming, plots to take the Iron Throne, and winter is coming are blended together to create constant conflict and tension. 

The series is character driven from several points of view, which gives readers several people to love or hate.

A Song of Ice and Fire makes our Must Read Series list because it delivers almost everything an Epic Fantasy reader could ask for. Unfortunately, this series isn't complete and we don't have confidence that subsequent books will come at regular intervals so we have to dock the series rating a bit.

Please note: We’ve read all the books in this series, but only reviewed the first one.

Series Details

Rating Must Read Series Complete
Yes No

Books

Book Series Author Rating Must Read Number of Pages Year Published
A Game of Thrones A Song of Ice and Fire George R. R. Martin Yes 819 1996