Game of Thrones is back (finally!) with its sixth season on HBO Canada. Until this season, fans who had read the books of the Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin had the advantage of knowing what was going to happen in the television show. This is the first season to take the story beyond the published books. Fans of the books and the show are curious (and perhaps somewhat anxious) to see where the story leads.
George R.R. Martin is expected to write at least two more books in the series. The next book, The Winds of Winter, was expected in the spring of 2016, but it has been postponed and a new publication date for the book has not been announced as yet.
Here are some series to keep you busy while George R.R. Martin writes and writes and writes....
Black Prism by Brent Weeks. Gavin Guile is facing his final years as high priest and emperor. Seeking to rectify the lingering wrongs from the war against his twin, he is forced to acknowledge a bastard son, face down a corrupt governor, and stop a challenge to the state religion. The Lightbringer series also includes The Blinding Knife and The Broken Eye.
Iron King by Maurice Druon. George R.R. Martin has called this series the original Game of Thrones. Beginning in 1314, the French king, Philip the Fair, rules France with an iron fist. Philip's persecution of the Knights Templar causes the Grand Master, as he dies, to unleash a terrible curse on Philip that sets the stage for all the events that follow. The Accursed Kings series is based on history and is full of political intrigue, family drama and characters who would do credit to the Lannister, Frey and Bolton houses. The Accursed Kings series continues with The Strangled Queen, The Poisoned Crown, The Royal Succession, The She-Wolf, The Lily and the Lion and The King with Kingdom.
Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. These are the stories of Kvothe, a presumed dead hero and villain, as told to the Chronicler. From his upbringing as an actor in his family's traveling troupe, through his education at "the University," Kvothe tells of his drive to learn the higher magic of naming and to discover as much as possible about the Chandrian, the demons of legend who murdered his family. The Kingkiller Chronicles also includes The Wise Man's Fear and The Slow Regard of Silent Things.
Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence. When he was nine, Prince Honorous Jorg Ancrath was forced to watch his mother and brother being killed in front of him. Now leader of a band of bloodthirsty thugs, it is time for him to return to his father's castle, claim his inheritance and get his revenge. Yet, at the castle, treachery and dark magic await him. The Broken Empire series also includes King of Thorns and Emperor of Thorns.
Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen. Although the rightful Queen of the Tearling, Kelsea has been kept in hiding since birth for her safety. Now that she has reached the age of ascension, she travels to the capital to claim her throne. Kelsea wants to abolish the slave lottery that plagues her people, but that earns the wrath of the powerful and magical Red Queen of the neighbouring kingdom which expects to keep on receiving shipments of the Tearling slaves. The Queen of the Tearling series also includes The Invasion of the Tearling and the upcoming The Fate of the Tearling.
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If you have not read George R.R. Martin's books as yet, the five published so far are:
If you prefer to watch the television series, there are five seasons so far. They are: