A Song of Ice and Fire

Written By: Marie

A Song of Ice and Fire is a series of epic fantasy novels written by George R. R. Martin. The series consists of seven novels, A Game of Thrones (1996), A Clash of Kings (1998), A Storm of Swords (2000), A Feast of Crows (2005), A Dance with Dragons (2011), The Winds of Winter (Coming Soon) and A Dream of Spring (Coming Soon). The stories are set in the mythical lands of Westeros and Essos and follows as a number of powerful houses fight for the Iron Throne. The story is told from various characters points of view growing from nine in the first book to a total number of thirty one different points of views at the end of the series. There are a great number of major and minor Houses in Westeros and Essos but the main four Houses followed in the books are Stark, Baratheon, Targaryen and Lannister.

The Houses:

House Stark: Its coat of arms is a running grey Direwolf on an ice white background and is the house that is most closely followed in the novels. They reside in the North in Winterfell and their words are Winter is Coming. It is allied with House Tully by marriage as well as House Baratheon through friendship.

House Baratheon: Its coat of arms is a black crowned stag on a gold background. This is the royal family that comes from storms end but moved to Kings Landing after the rebellion and is the ruling family of the Seven Kingdoms. The throne is held by Tommen Baratheon at the point that the series has reached.

House Targaryen: their coat of arms is a three headed dragon and their words of Fire and Blood and they are known to be Dragon lords, riding on the backs of dragons into battle. They are of Valyrian descent and resided on Dragonstone until they conquered the Iron Throne but were slaughtered in the rebellion by Robert Baratheon and the last two living descendants escaped across the Narrow Sea.

House Lannister: Their coat of arms is a gold lion on a red background and their words are Hear Me Roar. They reside at Casterly Rock apart from Cersei Lannister who was wed o Robert Baratheon and is now ruling as Queen Regent. They are also one of the most hated houses in the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros.

In 2011 a American TV show called Game of Thrones was aired on HBO and is an adaption of the novels that have already been released. Four seasons have already been aired with a fifth set to be released in April 2015. Both are worth taking a look at but I would suggest that you read the books before watching the show if you enjoy reading.