With everyone going on vacation for the summer and taking some time off, now is the perfect time to indulge in a nice long read. With all the genres available to choose from, fiction is certainly one of the more popular among readers. Though readers certainly choose fiction in an attempt to escape from reality, some novels are so dark and realistic that they actually haunt readers for days and even sometimes weeks depending on the author.

“A Song of Fire and Ice” by George R.R. Martin, more popularly known as “Game of Thrones”, is one of the darkest works of fiction ever written. In the series of books, which has also been made into a TV show of the same name, all seven kingdoms of Westeros and Essos are fighting for control of the iron throne. In order to rule over all the kingdoms, the characters go to extreme lengths by doing whatever it takes including burning children alive, killing thousands of innocent people, and betraying the people they’re most loyal to. This dark world of “Game of Thrones” hits on the readers’ every emotion, making these books both hard to put down and hard pick up.