House of the Dragon: How to Read the Game of Thrones Books in Order


Now that Dragon House has wrapped up its first season, fans of the epic fantasy series are desperate for more from the world of Game of Thrones. While we know House of the Dragon season 2 is in the works, delving into the source material of this prequel, as well as the original Game of Thrones series, is a great idea for anyone who wants to appreciate the works of author George RR Martin. Here’s how to read the Game of Thrones books in order, including the story of House Targaryen as seen in House of the Dragon…

House of the Dragon and Game of Thrones books in order

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  • Of fire and blood (volume 1)
  • A game of thrones
  • A Clash of Kings
  • A storm of swords
  • A feast for the crows
  • A dance with dragons
  • The Winds of Winter (unreleased)
  • A Spring Dream (Unreleased)

If you liked House of the Dragon, the first book you’ll want to buy is Fire & Blood. Rather than your typical fantasy novel, the book is written from the perspective of a fictional historian in the world of A Song of Ice and Fire, called Archmaester Gyldayn. It tells the story of the Targaryen dynasty and is even clearly biased in parts, due to Gyldayn’s own opinions. This is the first of two proposed volumes, the second of which has not yet been released.

Once you’ve gone through the fiery history of House Targaryen, you can move on to the events we’ve seen unfold throughout Game of Thrones. There are even parts, especially later in the books, that deviate from the HBO series. The first volume of the series lives up to its title. A game of thronesand was originally published in 1996. It was followed by the 1998 novel, A Clash of Kingsthen the 2000s A storm of swords. The fourth novel in this particular series, A feast for the crowsabandoned in 2005, before the last opus, A dance with dragonscame out in 2011.

Martin worked on his penultimate entry in this series, The Winds of Winter, for more than a decade now. He started the novel in 2010, but couldn’t find the time to finish it. There is still no official release date for the book, which will be followed by a spring dream.


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