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Try While You are Waiting: Fire and Blood

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Fire and Blood

For those of you who just can’t wait until the final season of Game of Thrones comes to HBO in April, check out George R.R. Martin’s latest book in the Song of Ice and Fire universe, Fire and Blood. This companion novel takes place 300 years before Game of Thrones and focuses on the Targaryen family’s long and bloody history.

Our tale starts with the legendary Aegon the Conqueror and concludes with Aegon III. From the doomed land of Valyria, the Targaryens are the only dragonlord family to survive. Aegon turns his eyes to Westeros and settles in Dragonstone. While this novel does include a lot of information and over 80 illustrations Game of Throne fans will enjoy, it does not have his normal storytelling style, as Martin writes from the perspective of Archmaester Gyldayn. However, some burning questions do get answered: Why is Valyria so deadly after the doom? Where did Daenery’s three dragon eggs come from?

You’ll have to read it to find out! No Spoilers!

For a great fantastical epic, check out Nevernight by Jay Kristoff. Mia sets out on a path for vengeance after her father is killed. She agrees to enter into vigorous training to become part of an assassin team known as the Red Church, but she must navigate the internal politics and bloody secrets if she is to make it out alive and seek her revenge.

Read the series that inspired Game of Thrones! The Accursed Kings series by Maurice Druon chronicles the events of the 100 years’ war. The Iron King starts off in 1314, the last year of Philip the Fair’s reign.

For a sweeping fantasy, check out Sisterhood of Dune by Brian Herbert. Dune is hailed as one of the bestselling science fiction novels. Originally written by Frank Herbert, his son Brian has elaborated and expanded the universe. Sisterhood of Dune takes place decades after the Battle of Corrin and around 10,000 years before the original Dune novel takes place.

For a dramatic and suspenseful novel set in a world beneath London, check out Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman. Pulled into intrigue, Richard meets a young woman who leads him into the ‘London Below’ full of monsters and people who ‘fell through the cracks.’ Richard must help her find out why her family was murdered and together they must save this strange, underworld kingdom.

Be sure to visit the Recommendations page which features a variety of Librarian curated book suggestions!