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The story of A Song of Ice and Fire takes place on the fictional continents Westeros and Essos. The point of view of each chapter in the story is a limited perspective of an assortment of characters that grows from nine, in the first, to thirty-one by the fifth novel. Three predominant stories interweave: a dynastic war among several families for control of Westeros; the rising threat of the superhuman Others beyond Westeros' northern border; and the ambition of Daenerys Targaryen, the exiled daughter of a king, to assume her ancestral throne.
A Song of Ice and Fire received favorable critique for its diverse portrayal of women and religion, and praise for favoring realism over magic. An assortment of disparate, subjective, and sometimes inaccurate points of view confront the reader, and the reader may not safely presume that a favorite character will prevail, or even survive. Violence, sexuality and moral ambiguity frequently arise among a thousand named characters.
Among the many derived works are four prequel novellas in a series and another further historical prequel, a TV series, a comic book adaptation, and several card, board, and video games.
- A Game of Thrones (1996)
- A Clash of Kings (1998)
- A Storm of Swords (2000)
- A Feast for Crows (2004)
- A Dance with Dragons (2007)
- The Winds of Winter (2012)
Novellas and short stories
Dunk and Egg
- The Hedge Knight (1998)
- The Sworn Sword (2003)
- The Mystery Knight (2008)
- The Village Hero (2012)
- The She Wolves of Winterfell (2015)
- The Princess and the Queen (2013)
- The Rogue Prince (2014)
- The World of Ice and Fire (2014)