Top 10 Books by George R. R. Martin

 

The master craftsman of the most watched, most downloaded and most obsessed TV show in the history of TV shows, George R. R. Martin, is as undaunted as it comes in his books. Although a popular name among the fantasy fiction fanatics, the rest of the world first began to acknowledge his charisma with the HBO’s now iconic screen adaptation of his magnum opus – A Song of Ice and Fire.

Much inspired from the larger than life fantasy world creation of Tolkien’s Middle Earth, Game of Thrones went on to become a bigger phenomenon worldwide than anyone expected; which brought back people’s attention to the original book series. The George R. R. Martin bestsellers are much more detailed with way more backstories to every character

Known primarily for the Game of Thrones, he also has a bunch of other books, novels, and novellas to his name.

 

STORM OF SWORDS

It is the witness to the continuation of the War of Five Kings, which started in the previous book. It also describes in detail, the arrival of the Wildlings, with the 'Others’ trailing them. And to top it all, Daenerys Stormborn of the House Targaryen – the Mother of Dragons, makes her way across the Eastern continent amassing a massive army of the Dothraki, making “Storm of Swords,”  the best George R. R. Martin book.

Read it For:
All the zombies, dragons and bloodshed the book has it reason enough to pick the book up. Moreover, one always needs to know who lives and who dies. Also, the legendary “Red Wedding” takes place in this book.
Don't Read it For:
A war of five kings means lots of violence and deaths, and GRR Martin is known for doing it the very best. Stay away if those are not your things.
What makes this book stand out?:
With the first live war we get to read in the series, the book attains a different magnitude altogether from every angle. One wonders which is higher in the book – the stakes or the body count.

A GAME OF THRONES

The first of the series, from which the TV show has taken its name,  is a special one as it sets rolling the events that will lead up to every possible cataclysm in the fictional land of Westeros. A Game of Thrones introduces us to all the characters whom we shall get to know over the course of the coming books, (and some whom we shan't because GRRM is cruel and enjoys killing everyone we love). With the first course-altering event of GoT (SPOILERS AHEAD!) – Ned’s assassination by Joffrey, it sets up the course in a drool-worthy manner.

Read it For:
The book sets up the stage for the upcoming events, and one needs to read this book to understand why everyone is fighting in the first place. Also, to learn and accept that in this series all heroes will die(probably).
Don't Read it For:
The only reason not to read it is if you don’t want to get sucked into a whole new world of magic and wonders.
What makes this book stand out?:
The novel follows every character and gives an idea of their personality.

A CLASH OF KINGS

The second book of the series simmers with latent tension in the events following the death of the giants of Westeros politics and administration. The kingdom stands divided.  The boy king of Westeros is highly sadistic and one of the most hated characters in the show and books! Schemeing and plotting is the primary focus of the book. Littlefinger, Cerci, Tywin, Tyrion, and Varys play a vital role in this book.

Read it For:
Not missing any tiny thing between the lynchpin of the Great War between the five and the war itself.
Don't Read it For:
It might seem a little drab compared to its predecessor and successor, given that it sets up the stage for leading events and does not include many important events.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book is full of tiny details that you should not miss and also creates important character arcs for many like Arya, Tyrion, and Daenerys.

A DANCE WITH DRAGONS

Every possible angle of the book series comes together in the mega-scale fifth book of the series. Tyrion becomes a fugitive, Daenerys becomes a slave-freeing, and a massively-powerful-than-ever queen, become the key players in the book. Alongside Jon Snow, who becomes the Lord Commander of the Night’s watch and deciding to help wildlings, Arya trains to become a faceless killer, Theon turns into the unfortunate Reek – the stories unfold from every angle magnificently, all of which converge to the last question of all time – who will survive?

Read it For:
Its sheer magnificence and the way all the major and minor characters are cleverly interconnected and interlaced to make the bigger picture clearer. But with GRRM, nothing is ever so much as self-evident.
Don't Read it For:
I am running out of reasons.
What makes this book stand out?:
The insignificance of the petty wars here and there over a throne stand out the most against the ever-increasing threat is looming upon the seven kingdoms. The sheer intricacy of the plot and different happenstances make it a masterpiece.
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SANDKINGS

This short story takes you on a detour from Martin's usual style of writing that we see in ASOIAF. In this Sci-Fi short story, GRRM takes a curiously sadistic protagonist and places him in a situation where he becomes the owner of a collection of brilliant insect-like creatures called Sandkings.

Read it For:
Martin has yet again taken it upon himself to create a character we hate, but cannot help but understand and sympathize with the protagonist.
Don't Read it For:
The cruel twist of an ending will leave you astounded, and give you much to think about. So don't read if you don't like to think after a book has ended.
What makes this book stand out?:
The brilliance of the writer is portrayed in this work.

A FEAST FOR CROWS

The story unravels in the calm after the storm of the War of Five Kings. Four of the five are dead, in different heinous manners, and the fifth is soon doomed to be, we know that. With the war subsided, Jon Snow as the Night Watch’s Lord Commander and a not-so-sadistic King Tommen on the throne, the situation of Westeros seems to be a bit under control, but is it? Tywin is dead, and Baelish has a kingdom, and there is an undercurrent of doom in the entire book which resonates into the following book – A Dance with Dragons.

Read it For:
To understand the flow of the whole apocalyptic situation that is soon about to unfold and catch up with who’s who of Westeros.
Don't Read it For:
It can get monotonous at some places.
What makes this book stand out?:
The intricately woven story is served on a silver platter to you.

THE HEDGE KNIGHT

The Hedge Knight is a novella by George R. R. Martin that first appeared in the Legends Anthology – a collection of stories by many fantasy fiction authors together. The book is a spinoff story of the ASOIAF series, where we see the earlier generations of Targaryen rulers, some 90 years before the events of Game of Thrones. Dunk, the hedge knight of Ser Arlan of Pennytree, takes disguise of a knight to participate in the tourney of Ashford meadow, and a series of events lands him as the mentor of the young Targaryen prince Aegon or Egg.

Read it For:
A glimpse of how Westeros was during the Targaryen era.
Don't Read it For:
If you want to avoid any extra fringes of the main storyline.
What makes this book stand out?:
Being as compelling as any of the other ASOIAF trivia, because they are never dull.

TUF VOYAGING

This one revolves around the adventures of Haviland Tuf – a space trader who loves to be alone with a powerful warship.

Read it For:
He goes around the galaxy, offering his service to the planets and its people suffering from environmental problems – and sometimes the help is unasked and unnecessary too.
Don't Read it For:
If you don’t want Martin’s impression of period piece writer to be marred with space stories.
What makes this book stand out?:
Being a different flavored story collection by the bearded man who loves to kill (pun intended).

THE MYSTERY KNIGHT

A sequel to The Hedge Knight, this book tells us what happens after Aegon and Dunk leave for training together.

Read it For:
More fun facts and references to the older era of Westeros, during the reign of Aerys I.
Don't Read it For:
As it grows nearer to the events of actual series, you might want to avoid the book for spoilers, because you never know with GRRM.
What makes this book stand out?:
Being a proper aid for the fandom to understand the past of the seven kingdoms correctly.

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