“A Song of Ice and Fire” Best-Selling Fantasy Series in 2013

George R.R. Martin’s riveting fantasy series has become immensely popular in recent years, buoyed by the acclaim garnered by HBO’s adaptation of his works in the hit television series, “Game of Thrones.” Though the most recent installment in the series, A Dance With Dragons, was released back in 2011, Martin’s series beat out the likes of Cassandra Clare’s, “The Mortal Instruments” series as well as J.K. Rowling’s ever-popular Harry Potter books to be declared the best-selling fantasy books of 2013, according to www.noqstore.asia.

The first book in the collection, A Game of Thrones, originally hit stores in 1996 and has commanded a loyal following since its initial publication. Since that first volume, each successive book has expanded in scope and depth to flesh out the world of Westeros and the intrigue taking pace within.

Originally following the paths of the Starks, a somber family hailing from the north of Martin’s fictional world, Martin has gradually introduced numerous points of view to the novels to enhance the scope of the world he has created. By the fifth book, readers are able to read from the perspectives of characters at opposite ends of the social and economic spectrums of Martin’s world, giving unparalleled reader access to the intricacies of his creative vision.

All this takes place in a vividly realized fantasy world, filled with zombie like “White Walkers,” dire wolves, and even dragons. While political intrigue rages from the frozen stronghold of Winterfell to the barren deserts of Dorne in the South, supernatural dangers in the form of White Walkers from the far north and dragons in the east threaten to tear the already disparate kingdoms into complete disarray.

 

Martin has created a thoroughly engaging world, one which keeps readers guessing as to which direction their favourite characters will take next, as unforeseen dangers are often right around the corner.

This, in addition to the recent spike in interest due to the popularity of HBO’s series, has led to unprecedented interest in “A Song in Ice and Fire” and is surely responsible for the books’ status as the best selling fantasy series of 2013.

The current books, A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, A Feast for Crows, and A Dance with Dragons are due to be followed by The Winds of Winter, the sixth volume set in Martin’s Westeros, which is yet to have a definite release date. Though fans hope for a speedy release, Martin’s track record of only five books released since 1996 does not bode well for those expecting The Winds of Winter to be released in 2014.

 

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For now, fans can enjoy the twists and turns of George R.R. Martins first five books in the “Song of Ice and Fire” series and revel in the novels that have been the best selling fantasy books of 2013