When I first started reading this series I was astounded at how unpredictable it was. How dare the author kill off any of the main characters, how can he get away with not allowing anything to happen the way it should, you know, good versus evil, love always prevails, etc. The Song of Fire and Ice series is not like any epic fantasy story I ever read before; there isn’t a defined good or evil, all of the characters are flawed making them seem more real and alive.
In reading A Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin, I was no longer surprised by the plot twists but was nevertheless at the edge of my seat reading it. I think this is a great story told by a master and I am eagerly awaiting to learn what happens next.