This book comes hot on the heels of HBO's smash hit Game of Thrones, which is the televised version of the first book in Martin's series, "A Game of Thrones".
A quick synopsis of A Song of Ice and Fire:
Amidst plots and counter plot, schemers, back-stabbers and cowards, heroes, villains and anti-heroes, a game is being played: The Game of Thrones. The Seven Ruling Houses of Westeros are playing their role in trying to keep the Iron Throne and of those trying to usurp it. Good and Evil, Black and White. They all mean nothing. What is Good? What is Evil? Nothing but shades of grey blanket the land Westeros, because perspective is everything.. And even the worst tyrant believes himself just. Stark, Baratheon, Lannister, Arryn, Tully, Tyrell and Martell, the seven great families of the realm, all vie for dominance and survival as a Winter without end looms before them all. And across the Narrow Sea, a displaced Dragon Queen plans her return, to take back the Iron Throne that is rightfully hers.
Book 1: A Game of Thrones
Book 2: A Clash of Kings
Book 3: A Storm of Swords
Book 4: A Feast for Crows
Book 5: A Dance with Dragons
In short, for those unfamiliar with the series: READ IT. For those unfamiliar with the show: WATCH IT. You will not be disappointed.