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How to read A Song of Ice and Fire

Now that Game of Thrones tv series has ended you might want to start reading A Song of Ice and Fire, the original epic fantasy series that inspired the drama television series Game of Thrones. You might not be happy about how season 8 ended, so why not revisit the Seven Kingdoms through the books? If you want to know how to read A Song of Ice and fire, here you will find the answer.

I don’t think A Song of Ice and Fire needs to be introduced, even so here’s a small summary: ASOIAF is an epic fantasy series written by the American author George R.R Martin. This saga shows a grim and dark world, the main action taking place in the Continent of Westeros and Essos, in an interwoven story told from the point of view of different characters. A Song of Ice covers revenge, drama, fantastical creatures including dragons, medieval noble houses, war, politics and so much more.

In what order should I read A Song of Ice and Fire?

In case you are considering the proper order for this series,  I recommend you reading them in published order. A Song of Ice and Fire consists of seven books. Unfortunately, two of them have not been published yet (and don’t have a publishing date either).

Here you go, this is the best order to read A Song of Ice and Fire:

How to read A song of Ice and Fire

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  • A Game of Thrones.
  • A Clash of Kings.
  • A Storm of Swords. 
  • A Feast for Crows.
  • A Dance with Dragons.
  • The Winds of Winter (unpublished)
  • A Dream of Spring (unpublished)

Here you go. ASOIAF is a really entertaining saga. For those who watched the tv series and haven’t read the books, you will be surprised to know that some of the characters that get killed in the tv adaptation are still alive in the books and according to George R.R Martin not all of them will die as it happens in the adaptation. Who knows? maybe even the ending will be different?

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Will George R.R Martin finish Game of Thrones?

Hello Wottareaders, since Game of Thrones season 8 (the latest one) is already here and there are still no publishing dates for the two remaining books in the series. Fans started making questions, some even wonder if George R.R Martin is writing A Song of Ice and Fire or if instead he’s involved in other projects.

Before we begin, are you a fan of Game of Thrones? then check this: The best gifts for a Game of Thrones fan.

Will George R.R Martin finish Game of Thrones?

Yes, George R.R Martin will finish Game of Thrones, he said recently on an interview that he was focusing on the next book in the series, Winds of Winter. So he’s working on it, and since the last Season of the tv series adaptation is already filmed, there are not that many distractions for him anymore.

The most pessimist wonder if he will finish the books since they consider him a bit old, his age is 70 years old by the way. Given that the publishing gap between the latest novels has only been increased during the latest publications (as you already will know if you read This is why you shouldn’t read Game of Thrones) some think the last book might not be published in time. But let’s only wish George R.R Martin good health and long healthy life.

Even so, let’s face the horrible question:

What would happen if George R.R Martin dies before finishing Game of Thrones (ASOIAF)?

Again, let’s hope this doesn’t happen. Not even because of we as fans want to read how his masterpiece ends, but first things first, he’s a human after all and deserves all the respect. However, if we face the worst scenario and he wasn’t able to finish his work this is what would happen.

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George R.R Martin has lots of notes and has told the ending of his story to key individuals, therefore, making sure his work will be finished by another writer.

Has any fantasy writer died before ending his/her book saga?

Unfortunately yes, it has happened. Robert Jordan, the author of The Wheel of Time series (which by the way is going to have a tv series adaptation soon), sadly passed away before his work was finished. He died because of his heart condition, which he was aware of. Because of this, Robert Jordan was cautious and wrote as many notes as he could so in case he died other author finished his most notorious work. Sadly, his worse fears became true and he died before he could write the last book of the series.

It was another author, Brandon Sanderson (who I have introduced in previous articles: Introducing Mistborn or Skyward), who being a fan of The Wheel of Time took all the notes of Robert Jordan and finished the saga. There were so many notes that Brandon Sanderson stated there was too much information to put into a single book, as a result of those notes three books were published.

Would Brandon Sanderson finish writing Game of Thrones?

Seemingly not. Brandon Sanderson posted on Reddit that in case he was offered to finish A Song of Ice and Fire he would decline. And here is a small excerpt of his reasoning:

“But the point is moot, as I wouldn’t say yes to finishing ASOIAF, if asked. (And I don’t think they’d ask me.) I’d respectfully decline. I wouldn’t be right for the job for many reasons, I wouldn’t want to put in the content that the series has, and part of that is due to my religious faith, part of it is just who I am. I don’t shy away from difficult material, but I prefer not to get explicit. Honestly, when I read it in George’s work, I often just cringe. I don’t think it fits in prose; I think it looks tacky. But that’s almost 100% due to the my religious leanings. I realize that others don’t read such scenes in the same way as I do.

However, I’d suggest that this is actually a minor reason why I’d be a bad writer on this series, despite having enormous respect for GRRM and his talent as a storyteller.”

Pretty understandable, don’t you think?
You can read the entire response on Reddit, see here. he posts using Mistborn as his nickname.

 

Game of Thrones ending book vs tv series

Also, and this might come as a surprise for some, George R.R Martin admitted the ASOIF ending wouldn’t be too different to the one in HBO’s tv adaptation. So, in a way, there will be an ending one way or another.

If that was not enough, let’s not forget the rummaging, some say that the two remaining books, Dream of Spring and Winds of Winter, are already finished and will be published after the ending of the tv series. This might come as a great surprise, and even though it does not seem to be true, such news would be both shocking and welcome.

Who is George R.R Martin

George Raymond Richard Martin is an American novelist best known for his more than famous saga A Song of Ice and Fire, also known as Game of Thrones because of the successful HBO tv series adaptation name. He is one of the most influential people of the world according to the Time. Aside from his fantasy novels, he has also published works for other genres such as the sci-fi Dying of the light, his first novel, or horror stories as Nightflyers. He has also worked as a Screenwriter which lead him to be involved in Game of Thrones as a co-writer of some of the scripts in this tv series.

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These are the best gifts for a Game of Thrones fan

Season 8 of Game of Thrones is already here and we fans are dying to know how this amazing fantasy series will resolve. Of course, book fans will have to wait a bit more since… well, Winds of Winter has not been published yet. And as you might know already, according to this weird progression I found Winds of Winter might be published in 2026: This is why shouldn’t read Game of Thrones.

Anyway, what if you have a birthday party or you just want to make a present? If the receiver is a GOT fan, then let’s put it easy for you. In this list, you will find different alternatives to please every Got enthusiast, unless the birthday girl/boy expects a direwolf… I am afraid those are out of stock… do not despair, in this article you will find some Game of Thrones present ideas. Also, ever wondered what would happen if George R.R Martin didn’t finish GOT? see here to know what would happen.

Here are the best gifts for a Game of Thrones fan. You will find the link for every product in case you’d like to purchase it, of course before buying take a look at the alternatives since here only one example is shown, so there may be other alternatives that might be cheaper or might be a better choice for what you are exactly looking for:

Hand of The King Pin Brooch Replica

Hand of the King brooch

Those who carried this Brooch before didn’t have the best of lucks, even so, this brooch represents one of the most powerful positions in the Seven Kingdoms. Do you want to become the Hand of the King? beware the dangers of the palace.

“What’s the line? ‘The King shits, and the Hand wipes.'” Jaime Lannister

You can purchase this replica here.

HBO Shop Game of Thrones Dragon Eggs Collectible Set

Dragon Eggs Game of Thrones

Want to feel like the mother/father of dragons? Then no better gift than this Egg collectible set. While this set is smaller than the ones shown in the show and also they might not hatch either, who knows? If you want your own dragon army then this is only the beginning. Remember the magic word “Dracarys!”

You can purchase these dragon eggs here.

Valar Morgulis coin

Valhar Morgulis Coin

In the books, as in the tv series, Jaqen H’ghar gave this black iron coin to Arya. Use this coin wisely and become one of the Faceless men, this bravoshi piece of iron could save your life someday.

 Arya crossed her arms against her chest. “Valar morghulis,” she said, as loud as if she’d known what it meant.
“Valar dohaeris,” he replied, touching his brow with two fingers. “Of course you shall have a cabin.”

If you like this replica you can purchase it here on Amazon.

Game of Thrones House Targaryen Tournament Banner

Targaryen banner

Do you know his/her favorite House? The banners are a great choice as a present. Here you have House Targaryen’s tournament banner, which looks both impressive and threatening.

With their house words being “Fire and Blood” this banner couldn’t represent better such philosophy. Speaking about Targaryens, have you already read the prequel of Game of Thrones? A novel that displays Westeros when the Targaryens reigned the Seven Kingdoms and dragons ruled the sky: Fire and Blood the last book by George R.R Martin.

You can purchase this banner here.

Game of Thrones – Longclaw Letter Opener

Longclaw letter opener

This series has a lot of famous swords, one of the most relevant being Longclaw, the sword carried by Jon Snow after Jorha Mormont gave it to him. Here you have a letter opener in the shape of Longclaw, a less dangerous Game of Thrones gift than a blade…

Did you want a real sword? Then no problem, a replica of Longclaw can be bought and it was already shown in this article: Nine must have items for a fantasy novel fan.

You can buy this Longclaw letter opener on Amazon, see here.

Game of Thrones Westeros Essos Antique Map

Map of Westeros and Essos

The lands of Westeros are vast and dangerous, this is the continent where most of the action of these novels takes place. At its right, separated by the Narrow Sea, stands Essos, where the Nine Free cities are located.

In this map replica, you will be able to explore in deepness all the secrets of these two continents.

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Hope you liked these Game of Thrones present ideas, which did you choose?

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