Most of the story takes place on the continent of Westeros and in a large political entity known as the Seven Kingdoms. Those kingdoms are spread across nine regions: the North, the Iron Islands, the Riverlands, the Vale, the Westerlands, the Stormlands, the Reach, the Crownlands, and Dorne. A massive wall of ice and old magic separates the Seven Kingdoms from the largely unmapped area to the north. The vast continent of Essos is east of Westeros, across the “Narrow Sea”. The closest foreign nations to Westeros are the Free Cities, which is a collection of independent city-states along the western edge of Essos. The lands along the southern coastline of Essos are called the Lands of the Summer Sea and include Slavers Bay and the ruins of Valyria. The latter is the former home of Westeros’ Targaryen kings. To the south of Essos are the continents of Sothoryos and Ulthos, which in the narrative are largely unexplored.
The planet experiences erratic seasons of unpredictable duration that can last for many years. At the beginning of A Song of Ice and Fire, Westeros has enjoyed a decade-long summer, with many fearing that an equally long and harsh winter will follow.
George R. R. Martin set the Ice and Fire story in an alternative world of Earth, a “secondary world”, such as J. R. R. Tolkien pioneered with Middle-Earth. Martin has also suggested that world may be larger than the real world planet Earth. The Ice and Fire narrative is set in a post-magic world where people no longer believe in supernatural things such as the Others. Although the characters understand the natural aspects of their world, they do not know or understand its magical elements. Religion, though, has a significant role in the life of people with the characters practicing many different religions.
Order of Westeros Books
Below is the list of all Westeros books in their chronological order:
|Fire & Blood||George R. R. Martin||2018|
|The Sons of the Dragon||George R. R. Martin||2017|
|The Rogue Prince, or, a King’s Brother||George R. R. Martin||2014|
|The Princess and the Queen, or, the Blacks and the Greens||George R. R. Martin||2013|
|The Hedge Knight||George R. R. Martin||1998||Tales of Dunk and Egg||Amazon||Kindle||iTunes|
|The Sworn Sword||George R. R. Martin||2003||Tales of Dunk and Egg||Amazon||Kindle||iTunes|
|The Mystery Knight||George R. R. Martin||2010||Tales of Dunk and Egg||Amazon||Kindle||iTunes|
|A Game of Thrones||George R. R. Martin||1996||A Song of Ice and Fire||Amazon||Kindle||iTunes|
|A Clash of Kings||George R. R. Martin||1999||A Song of Ice and Fire||Amazon||Kindle||iTunes|
|A Storm of Swords||George R. R. Martin||2000||A Song of Ice and Fire||Amazon||Kindle||iTunes|
|A Feast for Crows||George R. R. Martin||2005||A Song of Ice and Fire||Amazon||Kindle||iTunes|
|A Dance with Dragons||George R. R. Martin||2011||A Song of Ice and Fire||Amazon||Kindle||iTunes|
|The Winds of Winter||George R. R. Martin||Forthcoming||A Song of Ice and Fire|
|A Dream of Spring||George R. R. Martin||Forthcoming||A Song of Ice and Fire|