If you haven’t read R.R. Martin’s Fire and Ice Series, you’re missing big time suspense. The series which is now on television and wireless is the best fantasy fiction I ever read. There are five books and I am impatient to read the last volume if it ever comes out sigh.
Martin make good use of Norse myths and legends to create his very own mystical characters and beings. The first book, The Game of Thrones leaves out the supernatural and shows the gentlest and most dangerous personalities you’d ever want to meet. So much mystery lingers when the northern lord named Stark follows his king to the south with his two daughters to arrange a marriage for one and a proper education for the youngest. Things get messy when Stark starts a personal investigation in the deaths of male children related to the court. I won’t say anymore because you really need to meet the queen from hell with a son to match.
There’s a lot of suspense and cliffhangers and action. The chapters are arranged by the name of characters which make it easy to locate a specific person and basically follow up the fate or adventures of each. There are maps showing various lands. Stark is the lord of the north and he has the task of keeping mutated or supernatural creatures away from the rest of the continent with the help of the Keep which has very long and high walls. His leaving the nest can only bring uninmaginable disaster.
R.R. is not afraid to kill off important characters for emotional effects on the reader. I like that. Many anti-heroes become heroes and vice versa. He writes well, easy to understand and follow. Whoever does his editing is a master.
But, and I say this with a big sigh, that I was unhappy about the fifth book, Dance with Dragons. First of all, Martin introduced new characters like he’s on a mission to make unlimited volumes. I like closure and I want to know what happens to all the characters I came to love and detest. After all there are quite a few of them to begin with. Nevetheless you will love this fictional series. Despite the size of each book, you will get through them because the story is fast paced with lots of twist and turns and evolving plots.