Broad of scope, rich in detail, and exceedingly well-written, Martin's work-in-progress, A Song of Ice and Fire, is often compared favorably to J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy. Set primarily in the fictional land of Westeros, the story begins in the north, where a mysterious evil has awakened beyond a massive wall that shelters the southern lands from unnamed threats most consider old wives' tales. In nearby Winterfell, Lord Ned Stark is summoned by the King to serve as his councilor. However, when Ned's son witnesses something another noble family would keep secret, the fragile peace of Westeros begins to unravel. Each chapter is presented from a different character's point-of-view. Martin has written five books for the series thus far, and he claims he will wrap it up in the seventh. The first book is "A Game of Thrones", which won the 1997 Locus Award for best fantasy novel.