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Ready for the next season of Game of Thrones?
July 17, 2014 By Jason Hibbitt
Can’t wait for the next season of Game of Thrones? Then read on…..
The Iron Throne has been (very) carefully bubble-wrapped and stored away following the TV finale of Season 4 of Game of Thrones. And what a season it was.
For the uninitiated, Game of Thrones is the phenomenally successful HBO TV fantasy series based on the ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ novels by George RR Martin. So successful that The Queen recently visited the set – not many TV series can boast this.
So, what is there for a fan of the TV series to do in-between seasons? How do we sate our desire to find out more? The answer is simple- read the books.
George RR Martin has, to date, written five books in his ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ series. These are:
1. A Game of Thrones (1996)
2. A Clash of Kings (1998/1999)
3. A Storm of Swords (2000)
4. A Feast for Crows (2005)
5. A Dance with Dragons (2011)
As a rough guide, Season 4 of the TV series finishes near the end of book three, ‘A Storm of Swords’. Further adventures are but a page-turn away. Furthermore, with the sixth book in the series, ‘The Winds of Winter’ in the process of being written, there’s plenty of life in this series yet.
The books themselves are a triumph of fantasy storytelling. George RR Martin has created an epic world and filled it with vibrant and engrossing characters. But the series’ real strength is in its unpredictability. The line between good and evil is forever blurred as the author guides us through the numerous character-focused chapters. Consequently, we wait with bated breath for the next twist in the storyline…..and the next twist of a well-placed dagger into the belly of a once seemingly immortal character- ‘As flies to wanton boys are we to the gods’………(couldn’t resist some Shakespeare in my first post).
Furthermore, interest has boomed in obtaining collectible versions of the books. First editions, particularly of the first book, are attracting premium prices. Signed copies even more so.
A note of caution for those that do take up this advice. The books are chunky tomes and Mr Martin is an extremely descriptive writer as well as a wonderful storyteller and world builder. However, with season five of the TV series likely to be aired in spring 2015, you’ll have a good few months to make your way through them.
After all, is there anything better than curling up with a good book, especially if winter is coming……
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