The series, A Song Of Ice And Fire, narrates an epic fantasy story that is set in Westeros and Essos, two separate continents that share an ancient history and are linked by a common dynasty. The first two novels trace the events in Westeros after the death of the last king of the Targaryen Dynasty. The third book is set in the continent of Essos, where the last known descendant of the Targaryen line, Daenerys Targaryen, slowly rises to power.
The whole series traces the power struggle for the Iron Throne of Westeros, with various factions staking claim to it.
In the fourth book, A Feast For Crows, the War of the Five Kings finally draws to an end. Most of the main disputants for the Iron throne are dead. Jon Snow, the alleged son of Eddard Stark, has now become the Commander of the Night watch. In the absence of King Stannis Baratheon, Joffreys eight year old brother, Tommen Baratheon, is now the ruler of Kings Landing, watched over by his mother Cersei Lannister.
The manuscript of A Feast for Crows was so huge that the author was compelled to split it. He decided to split the novel geographically rather than chronologically. For this reason, A Feast For Crows and A Dance With Dragons trace events that take place simultaneously, but in different locations. In A Feast For Crows, the story focuses on the happenings in Westeros, the Riverlands, Dorne, Kings Landing, and the Iron Islands. The events in Essos, Winterfell, and the Wall are covered in A Dance With Dragons.
Cersei Lannister finally realizes her dreams of power as she is now the factual ruler of Kings Landing. She is not as skilled in administration as she is in intrigue and makes many ill-advised moves, making many enemies in the process, leading to her own downfall. The book also follows the events in the Riverlands, the Eyrie, Iron Islands, and Dorne. This book also covers a part of the story of Arya Stark in the East. The rest of her story is covered in the next book.
About the Author
George Raymond Richard Martin (George R. R. Martin) is an American writer who is known for his works in the genres of fantasy, horror, and science-fiction.
Other books by George R.R. Martin include Dying of the Light, Fevre Dream, Hunters Run, A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords and A Dance With Dragons.
Martin was born in 1948 in New Jersey. He was against the Vietnam War and did alternate service with the organization, VISTA. Martin graduated with a degree in journalism in 1970 from the Northwestern University. His science-fiction stories were first published in the 1970s. His first story, With Morning Comes Mistfall, was nominated for the Hugo and the Nebula awards. He later began to work in the television industry. He was one of the writers for the Twilight Zone revival on CBS. He has also worked on other television projects and as a book series editor. His book, Nightflyers, was adapted into a movie. In 1991, he began the epic fantasy series, A Song of Ice And Fire. Martin, who has been married before and divorced, married again in 2011. Martin and his wife Parris are both animal rights activists, and they are supporters of New Mexicos Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary.