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As fans tune into House of the Dragon on HBO, there’s never been a better time to re-read “A Game of Thrones” and the rest of George R.R. Martin’s acclaimed series, “A Song of Ice and Fire.”He helped develop House of Dragons for HBO, a prequel show set in the world of Westeros. He described the whirlwind process on his blog:

"I’ve done more interviews than I can count. We had a huge panel in Hall H at San Diego Comicon, and red carpet premieres in Los Angeles, Amsterdam, London, India, Sweden… sundry other place… and right here in Santa Fe at the Jean Cocteau Cinema ... There’s more content on YouTube than anyone can keep track of."

Great George R.R. Martin Quotes

As you prepare to watch the epic TV series, you can share your favorite quotes from the series on Fable. Here are a few unforgettable passages from the novels. We’ve also included video reviews of the new series throughout this article.“Never forget what you are, for surely the world will not. Make it your strength. Then it can never be your weakness. Armor yourself in it, and it will never be used to hurt you.” ― George R.R. Martin, "A Game of Thrones"“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.” ― George R.R. Martin, "A Dance with Dragons"“Wind and words. We are only human, and the gods have fashioned us for love. That is our great glory, and our great tragedy.” ― George R.R. Martin, "A Game of Thrones"“He who hurries through life hurries to his grave.” ― George R.R. Martin, "A Clash of Kings" “... a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge.” ― George R.R. Martin, "A Game of Thrones" “Sleep is good, he said, and books are better.” ― George R. R. Martin, "A Clash of Kings"“Bran thought about it. ‘Can a man still be brave if he’s afraid?’ ‘That is the only time a man can be brave,’ his father told him.” ― George R.R. Martin, "A Game of Thrones"“A good act does not wash out the bad, nor a bad act the good. Each should have its own reward.” ― George R.R. Martin, "A Clash of Kings"“Fear cuts deeper than swords.” ― George R.R. Martin, "A Game of Thrones" “Some old wounds never truly heal, and bleed again at the slightest word.” ― George R.R. Martin, "A Game of Thrones"“Winter is coming.” ― George R.R. Martin, "A Game of Thrones"

Read A Song of Ice and Fire Series on Fable

You can find all the books in the A Song of Ice and Fire series on Fable, and start a book club to read them with friends!
Fire & Blood by George R. R. Martin digital book - Fable

Fire & Blood

By George R. R. Martin

Fire & Blood begins with the legendary Aegon the Conqueror, creator of the Iron Throne, and goes on to recount the generations of Targaryens who fought to hold that iconic seat, all the way up to the civil war that nearly tore their dynasty apart.

A Game of Thrones  by George R.R. Martin digital book - Fable

A Game of Thrones

By George R.R. Martin

One of the most successful fantasy series in recent memory, George R.R. Martin’s work of epic fantasy brought medieval battles, dragons, and sorcery back to the forefront of popular culture.

A Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin digital book - Fable

A Clash of Kings

By George R. R. Martin

In this thrilling sequel to A Game of Thrones, six factions struggle for control of a divided land and the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms, preparing to stake their claims through tempest, turmoil, and war.

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A Storm of Swords

By George R. R. Martin

Of the five contenders for power, one is dead, another in disfavor, while the wars rage as violently as ever, and alliances fluctuate. As the future of the land remains unknown, no one will rest until the Seven Kingdoms have exploded in a storm of swords.

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A Feast for Crows

By George R. R. Martin

It is a time for nobles and commoners, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and sages to come together and stake their fortunes...and their lives. For at a feast for crows, many are the guests—but only a few are the survivors.

A Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin digital book - Fable

A Dance with Dragons

By George R. R. Martin

In the aftermath of a colossal battle, the future of the Seven Kingdoms hangs in the balance. In a time of rising restlessness, the tides of destiny and politics will lead inevitably to the greatest dance of all.

Why is Game of Thrones so Popular?

“Game of Thrones” is known for its dark subject matter and rich world-building. Originally a niche book series, “Game of Thrones” became a TV phenomenon, considered one of the world’s most popular shows even now, despite ending in 2019. “A Song of Ice and Fire” is a bestselling book series, but the fantasy audience for TV is not huge. Yet by the end of the third season, the TV show had 5 million viewers watching weekly. The show’s fast pace, power games, and escapism captivated viewers in each episode.The carefully interconnected subplots and storylines that George R.R. Martin had created in “A Song of Ice and Fire” translated exceptionally well to TV. Viewers grew attached to the characters and their arcs as the show continued. Each episode provided a well-needed escape from real life for at least an hour.

How many books are in the game of thrones series?

There are currently five books published in the “Game of Thrones” series, also known as A Song of Ice and Fire. Those five books include: “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). Martin originally planned to write a trilogy but now intends to have the series consist of 7 books. There are two more books that Martin needs to write: “The Winds of Winter” and “A Dream of Spring.” Martin did release an additional novel that tells the story of the Targaryens, “Fire & Blood,” in 2018. He also wrote a companion book to the ASOIAF series, “The World of Ice and Fire.”

What is the correct order of the Game of Thrones books?

1. “Fire & Blood” - While this book is technically not a part of the A Song of Ice and Fire series, it does deal heavily with the same lore and relevant characters. It also serves as a great starter to the series, telling the story of the infamous Targaryen family history. It is perfect for reading before you watch “House of the Dragon.”2. “A Game of Thrones” (Book 1) - As the first novel in the series, this book introduces the main characters and the world in which they live.3. “A Clash of Kings” (Book 2)4. “A Storm of Swords” (Book 3)5. “A Feast for Crows” (Book 4)6. “A Dance with Dragons” (Book 5)The long-awaited book six would be up next, but until George R.R. Martin finishes, we can only rely on his updates to continue the series.

Is There a Season 9 of Game of Thrones?

There is no 9th season of “Game of Thrones.” The eighth season was the last season based on the book series. There will, however, be a prequel TV show, “House of the Dragon,” that focuses on the Targaryen civil war centuries before the events of “Game of Thrones.” The show premieres on HBO max on August 21st, 2022.

What Will House of the Dragon Be About?

The HBO original series, House of the Dragon, follows the reign of House Targaryen. It is based on “Fire & Blood,” the companion novel that tells the story of the Targaryens centuries before A Game of Thrones.

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