A Song of Ice and Fire Book Guide

A Song of Ice and Fire is an ongoing award-winning series by George R. R. Martin. Most people have seen the HBO show and have an idea of what the novels are about. Erase everything you know because the novels don’t follow the show and even when they do, the meticulous details make it seem like a new experience.  Keep reading to find out about all the novels in the series and what to expect.

A Song of Ice and Fire Book Summary

The world of Westeros is thrown into chaos when the king dies and the lineage is rumored to be tainted. Various people claim the right to the thrown and raise armies to seam themselves on the throne made of a hundred swords. The kingdoms of Westeros are caught in the struggle for power and a dark force rises once again to kill humanity.

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A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R. R. Martin

This starts the epic novel that is still ongoing. A blockbuster HBO show has garnered interest and fans want to see the rightful ending. The novels diverge from the show and has meticulous character-building that the show failed to attain. Dive into the epic-fantasy world that Martin has created and the spinoffs that followed.

Book Order

  1. Book One: A Game of Thrones
  2. Book Two: A Clash of Kings
  3. Book Three: A Storm of Swords
  4. Book Four: A Feast for Crows
  5. Book Five: A Dance With Dragons
  6. Book Six: The Winds of Winter
  7. Book Seven: A Dream of Spring

A Song of Fire and Ice Books

A Game of Thrones

After Jon Arryn’s death, King Robert Baratheon approaches Eddard “Ned Stark,” the “King of the North” to become the next “Hand of the King.” After discussing it with his family, Ned decides to take the position. But tragedy befalls Bran Stark when he is pushed out the window of a tower after seeing Queen Cersei Lannister having sex with her twin brother Jaime Lannister.

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A Clash of Kings

After the death of King Robert Baratheon in book one, A Game of Thrones, all hell breaks out. The next ruler in line is supposed to be his son Joffrey but Robert’s brothers’ Renly and Stannis claim to be the rightful ruler. Joffrey, the current king, is accused of not not being Baratheon’s son and isn’t entitled to be king.

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A Storm of Swords

The war between the five kings is still going on from the last novel. One of the five kings has fallen and I won’t spoil it for anyone. The remaining four kings are still fighting for the kingdom and allegiances and loyalties are being tested. The Kingdom in the North faces adversity when decisions are made without input and may have dire consequences.

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A Feast for Crows

One of the biggest storylines in this novel is Jon Snow becoming the Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch. He has separated himself as someone that is noble among greedy and power-hungry people and that may be his downfall. He is too pure in a land where the most cunning people get ahead in life. 

A Dance of Dragons

To Be Added

The Winds of Winter

To be released

A Dream of Spring

To be released

Conclusion

A Song of Ice and Fire is an epic medieval fantasy series that is chaotic and not meant for everyone. There is a lot that wills shock you and growing fond of any character is risking heartbreak considering how often characters are killed. But the storytelling is unmatched and the world building is amazing.

What got me into the novels was the show and the promise of dragons. Yet I became intrigued with the battle for Westeros and the crown. While Martin isn’t the first one to write a great medieval fantasy novel, he is one of the best to do it. You will be entertained for months and even then, the series will not be completed!

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3 thoughts on “A Song of Ice and Fire Book Guide

  1. Gemma says:

    On the one hand I l love this series so much! But on the other a decade plus waiting for the next book and my dislike for the show it’s such an odd one in my head. It’s like loving something that’s also wildly disappointed you with no conclusion to make peace with in sight!

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