A Game of Thrones shaped hole

A Game of Thrones

So that’s it! After 8 years we now have no more Game of Thrones! Whether you were happy with the ending or not (no spoilers here) I think we all now have a little Game of Thrones shaped hole in our lives. So what do we do to fill it? Well if you can’t wait until the prequel (filming only began recently) there is always the books that the series were based on. But are they any good?

A Song of Ice and Fire

A Game of Thrones was actually the name of book number one in the ‘Song of Ice and Fire’ series written by George R.R. Martin. First published way back in 1996! It’s just over 900 pages long and pretty much follows the story line of the first TV series. Book Two, A Clash of Kings is also similar length

A Clash of Kings
A Clash Of Kings

Epic

If the thought of 900 pages brings you out in cold sweats then the books may not be for you. Every book is a doorstop. Book three in fact is so long it’s broken down in to two parts (A Storm of Swords: Steel and Snow and A Storm of Swords: Blood and Gold). There are 5 books at present (more on that later) making nearly 6000 pages of reading.

Worth the page count?

Whereas bingeing the box set may be the highlight of your weekend, doing the same with the books may not be as exciting. Some of the books quite frankly are a little bit on the boring side. Even Martin admitted that book four, A Feast For Crows, that doesn’t feature Jon Snow, Tyrion or Daenerys, was ‘a bitch’. It apparently took him over 6 years to write it with very little actually happening to move the plot on.

Book 4
A Feast For Crowns – Book 4

5 out of 7

Page count and pace are definitely problems then. But there is also the fact that not all of the books in the series are yet published! We are currently up to book 5, A Dance With Dragons, with two more books, The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring still planned. Given that A Dance with Dragons was first published in 2011 we could be in for book 6 shortly. In reality however, we are looking at years before book 7 is released and the series finished,

A Dance With Dragons
A Dance With Dragons

A surprise ending?

Whereas the books (so far) have been more or less similar to the TV series, the further you read the more they become different. With two books in the series still to be published, you could well end up with a totally different ending to the one just shown on SkyAtlantic. A cynic would argue it would certainly sell more books. A fan would argue it’s Game of Thrones as it was always intended. Keep your eyes peeled for Book-Social’s review in about 7 years time.