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I was just wondering has anyone else on the forum read this series of fantasy books. They are very well written and unlike high fantasy the author kills off main characters.
I've read the fifth dawn one, and it was very good. I did a book report on it for school.
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By George R R Martin? Very very cool. I have the first three books sitting on my bookshelf and I'm waiting for the fourth one (A Feast for Crows), I think it's almost out? Of course, I'm down in NZ so it'll take a little longer to come out here. :mad:
Anyway, I definitely recommend this series to any fantasy readers out there. I also enjoy that there's none of that invincible hero stuff, they'll die if someone pokes them with a sharp stick just like the next fellow. Plus there are lots of different characters to follow and even if you don't like them you find yourself wanting to see what happens next... there are some wonderful surprises.
Yes, thats the one. George RR Martin as I said before is a great author, but not many people seem to know about his books. (that I can see anyway)
The newest book is coming out in the uk at the start of next october. The way he writes his book is different from any other fantasy series I have read, having about eight point of view characters. This allows him to kill of these characters and replace them with new ones without scarificing the story. There is no single hero who is destined to rule the world, and for that in itself i would recommend it to anyone you likes fantasy in the slightest...................
Yeah but I heard for the fourth book he was struggling to fit all the different characters in so he had to split it over books four and five... not 100% sure on this since I read too many books and get them all confused.
I think the difference is that he focuses on events more than the people involved. With other books/series you know right away that nothing really bad can happen to that one guy because he's the 'hero' and the book is all about him. With A Song of Ice and Fire, you never know who will die next but there are always new and different characters showing up and getting involved so you don't worry so much about it.
Do you have any other favourite series? I'm trying to think of something comparable but nothing is coming to mind...
In the uk, the first two books in the series were just that published in two books. The first one was "A Game of Thrones" while the second was "A Clash of Kings".
The third book in the series called " A Storm of Swords" was divided into two separate books in the UK, (I don't know about your side of the world). The first part was called "Steel and Snow" while the second part was called "Blood and Gold".
I think this dividing was done because of size as both of the two parts of A Storm of Swords was in excess of 700 pages. It just was not physically possible to bind a 1400 page book, with current methods.
I think the same thing is happening with "A feast of Crows", the book got two big, so he had to divide it but instead of having "A feast of Crows" part one and two like "A storm of swords" he is going to divide it into two different books. The first book will still be called "A feast of Crows" while the next book will be called " A Dance of Dragons".
Wow a longer post than I expected. I have read a good few fantasy series such as Terry Goodkinds Sword of Truth Series (just ok) and The Wheel of time Series by Robert Jordan ( which has dragged on too long IMO). But I can really say that ASOIAF, really blows them out of the water. Current fave character is Tyrion, a little guy in a big world just trying to surive on his wits...........