What makes this saga one of the best fantasy book series of this age? "Winter is coming." These ominous words are spoken throughout the book series, A Song of Ice and Fire by George Martin. Referred to by Time Magazine as the "American Tolkien," Martin has created what can be described as one of the best fantasy book series of this day and age. All books have been nominated for Hugo, Locus, Nebula, and World Fantasy awards. Martin's saga tells the story of multiple characters in fictional lands (The Telegraph 2011).