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