George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series has become, in many ways, the gold standard for modern epic fantasy. Martin--dubbed the "American Tolkien" by Time magazine--has created a world that is as rich and vital as any piece of historical fiction, set in an age of knights and chivalry and filled with a plethora of fascinating, multidimensional characters that you love, hate to love, or love to hate as they struggle for control of a divided kingdom. It is this very vitality that has led it to be adapted as the HBO miniseries "Game of Thrones."
This boxed set includes the following novels:
A Game of Thrones
A Clash of Kings
A Storm of Swords
A Feast for Crows
This series is phenomenally written; it draws you in and just when you think you have an idea of what is going to happen George R. R. Martin throws a in a wrench from left field.
As a person who doesn't usually read fantasy - I thought it was all about wizards and magic and non-human creatures - I was wary about reading these books. If you have doubts about them, reconsider, because the books are absolutely exquisite! They are about more than wizards and magic and trolls and things of that nature; they combine to weave an intricate web of story lines about many people who are all striving for the same goal, just in different ways.
If you have have watched any of the HBO series, it actually runs fairly close to the books with a few things added or slightly altered to make the series run smoothly and make sense.
George R. R. Martin's saga is a great read for a fantasy or non-fantasy fan!
However, I felt like the story became too large, in the fourth book there are already so many important sub-plots to the main plot that the author could not even contain them all in one book. Even though the books are exceptionally well written and the story is brilliant, the amount of reading you have to do to get to the development of a specific sub-plot is so long it sometimes makes the last book somewhat boring.
Highly recommended for:
-Someone who's never read A Song of Ice and Fire. This is the place to start, and a great value too (4 loooong books for $23).
-Longtime fans whose old paperback copies are worn from reading and re-reading in anticipation of A Dance With Dragons.
-Hardcore series collectors who want to own the best versions.
I lent my older copies of this series to my ex-girlfriend, and since I never got them back, I decided that this box set was a worthy purchase. I'm so satisfied with it, I can honestly say that I don't miss the books I lost, not even one bit. I've posted some pictures of the box set so you can decide for yourself if you like its look enough to drop the money.