Game of Thrones Reading Order: A Song of Ice and Fire by G.R.R Martin

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“Winter is coming.”

The Story of Game of Thrones

Thanks to the television series adaptation by HBO, Game of Thrones needs mostly no introduction. Originally a fantasy series written by G.R.R. Martin known as A Song of Ice and Fire, it became a global phenomenon and develops an international fan base during the eight seasons. Unfortunately, it also received significant backlash for its more than disappointing ending (I don’t think it’s horrible, but I wasn’t also as invested as other people).

And… the thing is A Song of Ice and Fire isn’t, on paper, finished yet. It’s been 10 years now since the publication of the last book and some fans stopped waiting for the next volume of the saga. G.R.R. Martin is still writing it!

Inspired by the War of The Roses and the french classic The Accursed Kings by Maurice Duron, A Song of Ice and Fire (also generally called Game of Thrones) takes place in a fictional world in which seasons last for years and end unpredictably, on the fictional continents of Westeros and Essos.

King Robert Baratheon occupies the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros, but a dynastic war among several families for control of Westeros is building as well as the rising threat of the supernatural Others in northernmost Westeros. And at Essos, Daenerys Targaryen, the deposed king’s exiled daughter, wants to take the Iron Throne.

Game of Thrones Books in Order

A Song of Ice and Fire is a fantasy series written by G.R.R. Martin with a main series, prequel novellas, history books and more.

The Main series: A Song of Ice and Fire

A Game of Thrones (1996)
A Clash of Kings (1998)
A Storm of Swords (2000)
A Feast for Crows (2005)
A Dance with Dragons (2011)
– The Winds of Winter (Forthcoming)
– A Dream of Spring (Forthcoming)

Dunk and Egg Tales

Novellas that follow the adventures of “Dunk” (the future Lord Commander of the Kingsguard, Ser Duncan the Tall) and “Egg” (the future king Aegon V Targaryen), some 90 years before the events of the novels.

A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms (2015)
Includes the following stories:
The Hedge Knight (1998)
The Sworn Sword (2003)
The Mystery Knight (2010)

History novellas

Historical accounts of events that took place long before the events of the A Song of Ice and Fire novels or the Dunk and Egg novellas.

The Princess and the Queen (2013), published in the anthology Dangerous Women
The Rogue Prince (2014), published in the anthology Rogues
The Sons of the Dragon (2017), published in the anthology The Book of Swords

Companion Books

From history books to cookbook, explore the world created by G.R.R. Martin with these books

The World of Ice & Fire (2014)
Fire and Blood (2018)
Map Book: The Lands of Ice and Fire (2012)
Cook book: A Feast of Ice and Fire (2012)

Graphic Novels

A comic book adaptation of George R. R. Martin’s fantasy novels, still ongoing:

A Game of Thrones: The Graphic Novel: Volume One (2012)
A Game of Thrones: The Graphic Novel: Volume Two (2013)
A Game of Thrones: The Graphic Novel: Volume Three (2014)
A Game of Thrones: The Graphic Novel: Volume Four (2015)
A Clash of Kings: The Graphic Novel: Volume One (2018)
A Clash of Kings: The Graphic Novel: Volume Two (2019)
A Clash of Kings: The Graphic Novel: Volume Three (2021)

The Dunk and Egg Tales novellas have also been adapted as comic books:

The Hedge Knight: The Graphic Novel (2005)
The Sworn Sword: The Graphic Novel (2008)
The Mystery Knight: A Graphic Novel (2017)

Game of Thrones Chronological Reading Order

To rediscover this fictional world in order of events, here is the chronological order.

The Sons of the Dragon (2017)
The Rogue Prince (2014)
The Princess and the Queen (2013))
– The Hedge Knight (1998)
– The Sworn Sword (2003)
– The Mystery Knight (2010)
A Game of Thrones (1996)
A Clash of Kings (1998)
A Storm of Swords (2000)
A Feast for Crows (2005)
A Dance with Dragons (2011)

Game of Thrones, The Television Series

Developed by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss for HBO, the television series Game of Thrones was aired from 2011 to 2019 and consisted of 8 seasons and 73 episodes. The show quickly became a pop culture phenomenon, making record viewership for HBO and attracting an international fan base.

The show is also famous for the backlash received during his last season and, for many people, his disappointing conclusion.

Game of Thrones, Season 1 (adaptation of A Game of Thrones)
Game of Thrones, Season 2 (adaptation of A Clash of Kings)
Game of Thrones, Season 3 (adaptation of A Storm of Swords)
Game of Thrones, Season 4 (adaptation of A Storm of Swords)
Game of Thrones, Season 5 (adaptation of A Feast for Crows, A Dance with Dragons and original content)
Game of Thrones, Season 6 (Outline from The Winds of Winter and original content)
Game of Thrones, Season 7 (Outline from A Dream of Spring and original content)
Game of Thrones, Season 8 (Outline from A Dream of Spring and original content)

What about the spin-off?

Started in 2022, House of the Dragon is a Game of Thrones spin-off, a prequel based on the book Fire & Blood.

Set 200 years before the events of Game of Thrones, this series tells the story of House Targaryen.

House of the Dragon, Season 1 (10 episodes)
– House of the Dragon, Season 2 (Coming in 2024)

About the author of Game of Thrones

Who is G.R.R. Martin?

Part of the Time 100 list of the most influential people in the world in 2011, G.R.R. Martin is an American author and screenwriter, known for his epic fantasy novels A Song of Ice and Fire.

Born on September 20, 1948, in Bayonne, New Jersey, G.R.R. earned a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism in 1970 and a Master’s degree in Journalism in 1971.

He sold his short story called The Hero in 1971 and was nominated for several awards for it. Despite this early success, the selling of other short stories wasn’t enough to pay the bills and G.R.R. Martin worked as a chess tournament director, book editor and teacher before fully concentrating on writing.

In the eighties, he worked as a screenwriter and producer on television for shows such as The Twilight Zone and Beauty and the Beast.

His first novel published was Dying of the Light, released in 1977, but everything really changed for Martin almost 20 years later, with the publication of A Game of Thrones in 1996 – the first book in his A Song of Ice and Fire series. The series has been translated into more than 30 languages today

Martin has won several awards for his writing, including five Hugo Awards, four Nebula Awards, and a Bram Stoker Award. He was also inducted into the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame in 2013.

What has he written beyond A Song of Ice and Fire?

Beyond A Song of Ice and Fire, G.R.R. Martin is known for being the editor of the Wild Cards series, of which he also contributes as a writer.

He also published several stand-alone novels, including Dying of the Light (1977), Fevre Dream (1982), or Hunter’s Run (2007), co-written with Daniel Abraham and Gardner Dozois.

What to read after Game of Thrones

If you like Game of Thrones, here are some suggestions of books to read:

Memory, Sorrow, & Thorn by Tad Williams (a big influence on G.R.R. Martin)
The Realm of the Elderlings, by Robin Hobb
Dune, by Frank Herbert
The Expanse, a series of science fiction novels by James S. A. Corey