A Song of Ice and Fire is a series of epic fantasy novels by the American novelist and screenwriter George R.R. Martin. The first volume of the series, A Game of Thrones, was begun in 1991 and first published in 1996. The series has grown from a planned trilogy to seven volumes, the fifth and most recent of which, A Dance With Dragons, took Martin five years to write before its publication in 2011. The sixth novel, The Winds of Winter, is still being written. This thread is to discuss the best-selling book series. The thread to discuss the television show can be found here. I feel like I've said this every year since 2014, but I really hope we see TWoW by this time in 2017.