Dubbed "the American Tolkien" by Time magazine, George R. R. Martin's monumental cycle of epic fantasy, "A Song of Ice and Fire," has earned him international acclaim. Now the #1 New York Times bestselling author delivers the fifth book in his spellbinding landmark series-as both familiar faces and surprising new forces vie for a foothold in a fragmented empire.A Dance with Dragons is currently my most anticipated release of 2008, followed closely by Richard Morgan's The Steel Remains (August), Paul Kearney's The Ten Thousand (September) and Steven Erikson's Toll the Hounds (June).
In the aftermath of a colossal battle, the future of the Seven Kingdoms hangs in the balance once again-beset by newly emerging threats from every direction. In the east, Daenerys Targaryen, the last scion of House Targaryen, rules with her three dragons as queen of a city built on dust and death. But Daenerys has three times three thousand enemies, and many have set out to find her. Yet, as they gather, one young man embarks upon his own quest for the queen, with an entirely different goal in mind. To the north lies the mammoth wall of ice and stone-a structure only as strong as those guarding it. There, Jon Snow, 998th Lord Commander of the Night's Watch, will face his greatest challenge yet. For he has powerful foes, not only within the Watch, but also beyond, in the land of the creatures of ice. And from all corners, bitter conflicts soon re-ignite, intimate betrayals are perpetrated, and a grand cast of outlaws and priests, soldiers and skinchangers, nobles and slaves, will face seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Some will fail, others will grow in the strength of darkness. But in a time of rising restlessness, the tides of destiny and politics will lead inevitably to the greatest dance of all...
Time Magazine praised A Feast for Crows: "Of those who work in the grand epic-fantasy tradition, Martin is by far the best." "Mainstream readers…have a great treat ahead of them in Martin. A Feast of Crows is a fast-paced, emotionally complex, masterfully written adventure."-Newsday. George R.R. Martin sold his first story in 1971 and has been writing professionally every since. He's written fantasy, horror, and science fiction. In the mid-nineties he returned to prose, his first love, and began work on his epic fantasy series "A Song of Ice and Fire." He has been in the Seven Kingdoms ever since. Whenever he's allowed to leave, he returns to Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he lives with the lovely Paris and two cats named Augustus and Caligula who think they run the place.
The Steel Remains is Morgan's first fantasy novel, an ultra-gritty book set in a harsh world of conflict and treachery. The first in a trilogy (with the working title A Land Fit For Heroes), The Steel Remains will be published by Gollancz in August 2008.
The Ten Thousand is Paul Kearney's latest stand-alone novel. Loosely based on Xenophon's Anabasis Kyrou (about the invasion of Persia by an army of ten thousand Greek mercenaries), it promises to combine Kearney's trademark mastery of battle scenes with his typical flair for memorable characters. The Ten Thousand will be published by Solaris in September 2008.
Toll the Hounds is the eighth volume in Steven Erikson's increasingly popular Malazan Book of the Fallen series. This volume returns us to the continent of Genabackis and many of the series' signature characters, such as Anomander Rake, Duiker, Kruppe, Iskaral Pust and, it is rumoured, Caladan Brood, the Warlord. A great force of destruction is descending on fabled Darujhistan and the remnants of the Bridgeburners prepare for what could be their final battle. Recent novels in the sequence had been lacklustre before Reaper's Gale showed signs of improvement, so there are high hopes that a return to the series' roots could rejeuvenate the series as it heads into its final two volumes. Toll the Hounds will be published by Bantam UK in June 2008.