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Choices: Stories You Play is a story app, with dozens of stories, ranging from horror, to romance, to fantasy, or mystery, you are the one who chooses its path. Here is a list of all the current stories that have been released in the game.

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  • 1.1 Premium Dates
  • 1.2 Holiday Specials
  • 2 The Crown & The Flame
  • 3 Most Wanted
  • 4.1 Rules of Engagement Special
  • 5 Endless Summer
  • 6 #LoveHacks
  • 7 The Haunting of Braidwood Manor
  • 8.1 Holiday Special
  • 9.1 Holiday Special
  • 11 High School Story
  • 12 It Lives
  • 13 Home for the Holidays
  • 14 Red Carpet Diaries
  • 15 Perfect Match
  • 16.1 Special
  • 17 The Junior
  • 18 Veil of Secrets
  • 19 America's Most Eligible
  • 20.1 Holiday Special
  • 21 Across the Void
  • 22 The Senior
  • 23 Big Sky Country
  • 24.1 Holiday Special
  • 25 A Courtesan of Rome
  • 26 The Heist: Monaco
  • 27 Ride or Die: A Bad Boy Romance
  • 28 Open Heart
  • 29 Passport to Romance
  • 30 Wishful Thinking
  • 31 Nightbound
  • 32 Platinum
  • 33 Sunkissed
  • 34 Bachelorette Party
  • 35 Mother of the Year
  • 36 Save the Date
  • 37 The Royal Masquerade
  • 38 Baby Bump
  • 39 Hot Couture
  • 40 With Every Heartbeat
  • 41 Blades of Light and Shadow
  • 42 Witness: A Bodyguard Romance
  • 43 Distant Shores
  • 44 The Nanny Affair
  • 45 A Very Scandalous Proposal
  • 47 The Unexpected Heiress
  • 48 My Two First Loves
  • 49 Ms. Match
  • 50 Rising Tides
  • 51 Wolf Bride
  • 52 Foreign Affairs
  • 53 Slow Burn
  • 54 Laws of Attraction
  • 55 Shipwrecked
  • 56 Wake the Dead
  • 57 Surrender
  • 58 Crimes of Passion
  • 59 Untameable
  • 60 The Princess Swap
  • 61 The Cursed Heart
  • 62 Immortal Desires
  • 63 Murder at Homecoming
  • 64 The Phantom Agent
  • 65 Guinevere
  • 66 Kiss of Death
  • 67 Getaway Girls
  • 68 Roommates with Benefits
  • 69 First Comes Love
  • 70 The Duchess Affair
  • 72 The Billionaire's Baby
  • 73 Dirty Little Secrets
  • 75 Ship of Dreams
  • 77 Hot Shot
  • 78.1 Special
  • 79 Villainous Valentine
  • 80 Along Came Treble
  • 81 The Ghost of Us
  • 82 Filthy Rich
  • 83 Hearts on Fire
  • 84 A Taste for Royalty
  • 85 Untitled Slasher Book

The Freshman

  • The Freshman, Book 1 - Completed
  • The Freshman, Book 2 - Completed
  • The Freshman, Book 3 - Completed
  • The Freshman, Book 4 - Completed

Premium Dates

  • James: Masquerade Ball - Completed
  • Kaitlyn: The Perfect Date - Completed
  • Chris: Luxury Getaway - Completed

Holiday Specials

  • The Freshman: Love Bites - Completed
  • The Freshman: Snowed In - Completed
  • The Freshman: Game of Love - Completed

The Crown & The Flame

  • The Crown & The Flame, Book 1 - Completed
  • The Crown & The Flame, Book 2 - Completed
  • The Crown & The Flame, Book 3 - Completed

Most Wanted

  • Most Wanted, Book 1 - Completed
  • Most Wanted, Book 2 - Canceled

Rules of Engagement

  • Rules of Engagement, Book 1 - Completed
  • Rules of Engagement, Book 2 - Completed
  • Rules of Engagement, Book 3 - Completed

Rules of Engagement Special

  • Rules of Engagement: Newlyweds - Completed

Endless Summer

  • Endless Summer, Book 1 - Completed
  • Endless Summer, Book 2 - Completed
  • Endless Summer, Book 3 - Completed
  • #LoveHacks, Book 1 - Completed
  • #LoveHacks, Book 2 - Completed

The Haunting of Braidwood Manor

  • The Haunting of Braidwood Manor - Completed

The Royal Romance and The Royal Heir

  • The Royal Romance, Book 1 - Completed
  • The Royal Romance, Book 2 - Completed
  • The Royal Romance, Book 3 - Completed
  • The Royal Heir, Book 1 - Completed
  • The Royal Heir, Book 2 - Completed
  • The Royal Heir, Book 3 - Completed
  • The Royal Finale - Completed

Holiday Special

  • The Royal Holiday - Completed

The Sophomore

  • The Sophomore, Book 1 - Completed
  • The Sophomore, Book 2 - Completed
  • The Sophomore: Hartfeld Horror Story - Completed
  • Hero, Vol. 1 - Completed
  • Hero, Vol. 2 - Canceled

High School Story

  • High School Story, Book 1 - Completed
  • High School Story, Book 2 - Completed
  • High School Story, Book 3 - Completed
  • High School Story: Class Act, Book 1 - Completed
  • High School Story: Class Act, Book 2 - Completed
  • High School Story: Class Act, Book 3 - Completed
  • It Lives In The Woods - Completed
  • It Lives Beneath - Completed

Home for the Holidays

  • Home for the Holidays - Completed

Red Carpet Diaries

  • Red Carpet Diaries, Book 1 - Completed
  • Red Carpet Diaries, Book 2 - Completed
  • Red Carpet Diaries, Book 3 - Completed

Perfect Match

  • Perfect Match, Book 1 - Completed
  • Perfect Match, Book 2 - Completed
  • Bloodbound, Book 1 - Completed
  • Bloodbound, Book 2 - Completed
  • Bloodbound, Book 3 - Completed
  • Bloodbound: Dark Solstice - Completed
  • Bloodbound Origins - Completed (VIP-exclusive)
  • The Junior, Book 1 - Completed

Veil of Secrets

  • Veil of Secrets - Completed

America's Most Eligible

  • America's Most Eligible: Season 10 - Completed
  • America's Most Eligible: All Stars - Completed
  • America's Most Eligible: Wedding Edition - Completed

Desire & Decorum

  • Desire & Decorum, Book 1 - Completed
  • Desire & Decorum, Book 2 - Completed
  • Desire & Decorum, Book 3 - Completed
  • Desire & Decorum: First Winter - Completed

Across the Void

  • Across the Void - Completed
  • The Senior - Completed

Big Sky Country

  • Big Sky Country, Book 1 - Completed
  • Big Sky Country, Book 2 - Completed

The Elementalists

  • The Elementalists, Book 1 - Completed
  • The Elementalists, Book 2 - Completed
  • The Elementalists: Winters Past - Completed

A Courtesan of Rome

  • A Courtesan of Rome - Completed

The Heist: Monaco

  • The Heist: Monaco - Completed

Ride or Die: A Bad Boy Romance

  • Ride or Die: A Bad Boy Romance, Book 1 - Completed
  • Ride or Die: A Bad Boy Romance, Book 2 - Canceled
  • Open Heart, Book 1 - Completed
  • Open Heart: Second Year - Completed
  • Open Heart: Third Year - Completed

Passport to Romance

  • Passport to Romance - Completed

Wishful Thinking

  • Wishful Thinking - Completed
  • Nightbound - Completed
  • Platinum - Completed
  • Sunkissed - Completed

Bachelorette Party

  • Bachelorette Party - Completed

Mother of the Year

  • Mother of the Year - Completed

Save the Date

  • Save the Date - Completed

The Royal Masquerade

  • The Royal Masquerade - Completed
  • Baby Bump, Book 1 - Completed
  • Baby Bump, Book 2 - Completed

Hot Couture

  • Hot Couture - Completed

With Every Heartbeat

  • With Every Heartbeat - Completed

Blades of Light and Shadow

  • Blades of Light and Shadow, Book 1 - Completed
  • Blades of Light and Shadow, Book 2 - Completed
  • Blades TTRPG Companion - Completed (VIP-exclusive)
  • Blades of Light and Shadow, Book 3 - Coming Soon (Early Access)

Witness: A Bodyguard Romance

  • Witness: A Bodyguard Romance - Completed

Distant Shores

  • Distant Shores - Completed

The Nanny Affair

  • The Nanny Affair, Book 1 - Completed
  • The Nanny Affair, Book 2 - Completed
  • The Nanny Affair, Book 3 - Completed
  • The Dalton Affair - Completed (VIP-exclusive)

A Very Scandalous Proposal

  • A Very Scandalous Proposal - Completed
  • Queen B, Book 1 - Completed
  • Queen B, Book 2 - Completed

The Unexpected Heiress

  • The Unexpected Heiress - Completed

My Two First Loves

  • My Two First Loves - Completed
  • Ms. Match - Completed

Rising Tides

  • Rising Tides - Completed
  • Wolf Bride - Completed

Foreign Affairs

  • Foreign Affairs - Completed
  • Slow Burn - Completed

Laws of Attraction

  • Laws of Attraction, Book 1 - Completed
  • Laws of Attraction, Book 2 - Completed

Shipwrecked

  • Shipwrecked - Completed

Wake the Dead

  • Wake the Dead - Completed
  • Surrender, Book 1 - Completed
  • Surrender, Book 2 - Completed

Crimes of Passion

  • Crimes of Passion, Book 1 - Completed
  • Crimes of Passion, Book 2 - Completed
  • Crimes of Passion, Book 3 - Coming Soon
  • Untameable - Completed
  • Unbridled: An Untameable Story - In Progress (Early Access)

The Princess Swap

  • The Princess Swap - Completed

The Cursed Heart

  • The Cursed Heart, Book 1 - Completed
  • The Cursed Heart, Book 2 - In Progress

Immortal Desires

  • Immortal Desires, Book 1 - Completed
  • Immortal Desires, Book 2 - Coming Soon; February 2024 (Early Access)

Murder at Homecoming

  • Murder at Homecoming - Completed

The Phantom Agent

  • The Phantom Agent - Completed
  • Guinevere - Completed

Kiss of Death

  • Kiss of Death - Completed

Getaway Girls

  • Getaway Girls - Completed

Roommates with Benefits

  • Roommates with Benefits - Completed
  • Rivals with Benefits - Coming Soon

First Comes Love

  • First Comes Love - Completed

The Duchess Affair

  • The Duchess Affair - Completed
  • Kindred - Completed

The Billionaire's Baby

  • The Billionaire's Baby - Completed (General Release)

Dirty Little Secrets

  • Dirty Little Secrets - In Progress (General Release)
  • Alpha, Book 1 - In Progress
  • Alpha, Book 2 - Coming Soon (Early Access)

Ship of Dreams

  • Ship of Dreams - In Progress
  • Guarded - In Progress (Early Access)
  • Hot Shot - In Progress (Early Access)

The Deadliest Game

  • The Deadliest Game - Coming Soon; Spring 2024 (Early Access)
  • The Deadliest Gambit - Completed (VIP-exclusive)

Villainous Valentine

  • Villainous Valentine - Coming Soon; February 2024 (VIP-exclusive)

Along Came Treble

  • Along Came Treble - Coming Soon; Spring 2024 (Early Access)

The Ghost of Us

  • The Ghost of Us - Coming Soon; Spring 2024 (Early Access)

Filthy Rich

  • Filthy Rich - Coming Soon; Spring 2024 (Early Access)

Hearts on Fire

  • Hearts on Fire - Coming Soon; Summer 2024 (Early Access)

A Taste for Royalty

  • A Taste for Royalty - Coming Soon (Early Access)

Untitled Slasher Book

  • Untitled Slasher Book - Coming Soon (Early Access)
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  • 1 Blades of Light and Shadow, Book 2 Choices
  • 2 The Cursed Heart, Book 2 Choices
  • 3 Untameable Choices

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Tabletop Games to Play Based on Your Favorite Books

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Susie Dumond

Susie (she/her) is a queer writer originally from Little Rock, now living in Washington, DC. She is the author of QUEERLY BELOVED and the forthcoming LOOKING FOR A SIGN from Dial Press/Random House. You can find her on Instagram @susiedoom.

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In the Venn diagram of book and tabletop game lovers, I’d imagine there’s significant overlap, and I fall right in that happy middle. Fans of books and games share an appreciation of good storytelling, dynamic characters, and chances to connect with others over play and imagination. Both communities have lovingly embraced the title of “nerd” and enjoy spreading the word about exciting new releases. So why not look for your next favorite game by finding play-alikes for your most beloved books? Check out these new and/or under-the-radar tabletop games to play based on your favorite books.

Last December, I had the good fortune to attend PAX Unplugged , an annual tabletop gaming convention held in Philadelphia. It’s a dazzling event full of gamemaker panels, tournaments, demos of new and upcoming games, and much more. I was stunned by the array of games on display and had the chance to try some that have since become regular fixtures in my game nights at home. In this list, I tried to focus on games that are new or haven’t already made it big. My goal here is to introduce you to something you haven’t already played a million times. I hope this list helps you discover something new that you’ll want to play for years to come!

If You Love Classic Mystery, Sci-Fi, or Romance, Play: The Plot Thickens

The Plot Thickens: Detective Edition tabletop game

The Plot Thickens is a card game with broad appeal for readers of all stripes because it’s all about the power of storytelling. You’re dealt a hand of story components — characters, locations, objects — and use them to creatively weave a narrative with your fellow players. The storyteller who gains the most points gets to choose the ending. Released in 2023, it comes in three genres/editions: science fiction, detective, and romance. And I have it on good authority from conversations at PAX Unplugged that two more genres are coming soon. If you’re an insatiable reader of books from Agatha Christie , Beverly Jenkins , Octavia Butler , and other iconic writers in genre fiction, you’re going to love writing your own story in The Plot Thickens.

Players: 3-4 Age: 14+ Time: 20-60 min. Price: $25 Comes in Detective , Science Fiction , and Romance editions

If You Love Foodie Fiction, Play: Steam Up

Image of Steam Up Deluxe tabletop game

I’m a big foodie. I love eating new things, cooking and baking, reading books that center food, and of course, playing food-themed games. So, it’s no surprise that this delightful Dim Sum game caught my eye on the PAX Unplugged show floor. You’ll play as characters inspired by the twelve Chinese Zodiac signs in Steam Up, where 2-5 players compete to feast on the most Dim Sum. The interactive steamer baskets and adorable tiny rubber Dim Sum (at least in the deluxe edition, which I highly recommend!) drew me to this game, but it’s the balanced game dynamics and unexpected twists from fortune and fate cards that keep me coming back for more. I’ve already introduced more than a dozen friends to Steam Up, and I’m still shouting about it from the rooftops. This game is a perfect choice for fans of delectable foodie fiction like Death by Dumpling or Arsenic and Adobo .

Players: 2-5 Age: 8+ Time: 40-60 min. Price: $50 (standard edition) or $67 (deluxe edition)

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If You Love Out-of-This-World Sci-Fi, Play: Gravwell

Gravwell second edition game box on top of board

If you can’t get enough of the danger and excitement of outer space, Gravwell is a must-play board game. You’re one among a flotilla of spaceships that have been sucked through a black hole, and all of your engines are down. But you can use the strangely behaving gravitational pulls of objects around you to force yourself back out of the hole. The trouble is, everyone’s trying to get out, and you might end up pushing each other in the wrong direction. I played this game with friends twice at PAX Unplugged because it was such an unexpected and engaging adventure, and I already can’t wait to play it again. Check Gravwell out if you enjoy sci-fi like Project Hail Mary and The Deep Sky .

Players: 2-6 Age: 10+ Time: 20-35 min. Price: $45

If You Love Charming Romantic Comedies, Play: Fog of Love

Fog of love board game box

In this refreshingly inventive board game with infinite possibilities, you’ll roleplay as a couple stumbling their way from meet cute to happily ever after. (Or to a dramatic breakup!) From awkward misunderstandings to life-changing compromises, it’s got all the twists and turns of your favorite romance reads. Even better, Fog of Love comes with a thoughtfully crafted introduction to the game that teaches you how to play as you actually play. Will it be love at first sight? Enemies to lovers? Fated mates? Or even a heartbreaking scammer with an ax to grind? You decide! I especially love that this game comes in M/M, F/F, and M/F pairings, and if you want to really mix it up, you can buy the Love on Lockdown and Paranormal Romance expansion packs. If you’re a sucker for a rom-com like Red, White & Royal Blue or a drama-filled romance like Before I Let Go , you’ll love writing your own love story in Fog of Love.

Players: 2 Age: 17+ Time: 60-120 min. Price: $50

If You Love Fantastical Battles for Royal Power, Play: Queen by Midnight

Queen By Midnight boardgame box

Do you love books like Game of Thrones or Children of Blood and Bone , where royal families vie for power through deceit, violent battles, and magical spells? Then you simply must play Queen by Midnight. The Midnight Queen has died, and the princesses of the Twelve Lands must now engage in guile, wit, and outright combat to be crowned the next Queen before the clock strikes midnight. Collect cards to gain special abilities, clout, and health points, and forge alliances with other princesses to get you closer to your goal. It’s a gorgeous game with beautiful artwork and an iconic tabletop clock tower that rotates and keeps track of turns. The layered game of royal political intrigue is sure to become any fantasy reader’s new favorite.

Players: 3-6 Age: 12+ Time: 60-90 min. Price: $70

If You Love Portal Fantasies, Play: Portals

Portals board game box

I admit that the name lends itself easily in this comparison, but Portals is an abstract strategy game perfect for fantasy readers. Like the best of games, it’s easy to learn but gives you lots of options for different strategies and techniques, making it something you’ll want to play again and again. The goal of the game is to find missing magician Dominick Dey, who disappeared during his travels between worlds. You’ll use the elemental stone powers of air, fire, water, earth, and time to fill key cards and become a more skilled wizard. But the stones you’ll need are shared with other players, and to win, you’ll need a strategy that both helps you succeed and thwarts your competitors. Even better, there’s a solo-play version that focuses more on the puzzle elements and less on the strategy of playing well (or cutthroat, you decide) with others. Portals is a great choice for fans of portal fantasy books like The Ten Thousand Doors of January and Labyrinth Lost .

Players: 1-4 Age: 10+ Time: 40-80 min. Price: $45

If You Love Nonfiction About Fascinating Figures in History, Play: HerStory

HerStory tabletop game box

I’ll be the first to admit that at first glance, HerStory looks more educational than fun. But don’t let your own judgments about history-based games stop you from playing this surprisingly strategic and engaging board game. You’ll play as a historian writing what you hope will be a bestselling book about famous women in history. You’ve got eight chapters to fit in all your research, and whoever collects the most points for carefully crafting their book wins. It features 120 real women in history, with short bios and information on each. But in addition to the learning opportunities, it’s a well-balanced game that you can return to again and again with different strategies and approaches. Best of all, a portion of each game purchased is donated to the Malala Fund . If you’re always looking for nonfiction books about women who changed the world, like Wild Girls or Bad Girls Throughout History , HerStory is the game for you.

Players: 2-5 Age: 8+ Time: 30-60 Price: $40

If You Love Superhero Graphic Novels, Play: The Arkham Asylum: Panic in Gotham City

Arkham Asylum: Panic in Gotham City board game

I’m admittedly not much of a DC Comics girlie myself, but when I caught sight of The Arkham Asylum: Panic in Gotham City being demo’d at PAX Unplugged, even I couldn’t walk away. I’ve never seen anything like it. You’ll first construct the puzzle board to build a 3D version of Gotham City and unpack detective files on the mystery at hand. Then you connect your smartphone, and things get really interesting. The game comes to life with impressively crafted augmented reality, revealing secret codes, puzzles, and hidden rooms. It’s pricey, but you’ll be stunned by the high quality of the game and AR components. The challenges and puzzles are satisfying to solve, and the Batman storyline is compellingly written and voice-acted. It’s a top-tier escape room-style experience with a glimpse of a new future for tabletop gaming.

Players: 1-6 Age: 13+ Time: 60 min. Price: $149

If You Love Political Thrillers, Play: Zoo Vadis (coming April 2024)

Zoo Vadis board game box

Move over, humans, because the animals have taken charge of this zoo, and they’re campaigning their way to the top. Use lobbying prowess, negotiation, and maybe even a little trickery to win one of five spots in the star exhibit for your animal. I got a chance to play Zoo Vadis pre-release at PAX Unplugged, and let me tell you: this is a game where the rules are only limited by your own imagination. In order to win your fellow players’ votes to move toward the star exhibit, you can promise them literally anything, within the constraints of the game or not. Thinking outside the (game) box is heavily rewarded. But if you play dirty and don’t make good on your promises, this can also be one of those games that starts epic fights. If you like classic political thrillers like books by authors like Tom Clancy or more fantastical books of messy fights for political powers like The Jasmine Throne , you’ll love Zoo Vadis.

Players: 3-7 Age: 10+ Time: 30 min. Price: $54 (standard edition) or $79 (deluxe edition)

If You Love Regency Romance, Play: Apistocracy

Apistocracy board game

Okay, you also can’t play this tabletop game just yet, but now is the perfect time to get on board early through their Kickstarter, launching in spring 2024! Apistocracy is a game of interpersonal wiles played across four weeks of social season in Victorian London. Make your dramatic debut, jostle for influence among the elite, and gain admiration from suitors in order to win season favorite. If you love the cheeky intrigue of books like the Bridgerton series and The Davenports , you’ll be swept off your feet by this charming, cleverly designed game from artist Heather Dixon.

Players: 2-4 Age: 13+ Time: 40-80 min. Price: TBD

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  • May 16, 2023

All Halo Books in Order

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Lars Cornelis

Halo Books have been around ever since the first game. In fact, the first novel in the series, Halo: The Fall of Reach , was published even before Halo: Combat Evolved came out. Since then, more than thirty Halo novels have been published. With so many books, focusing on different characters and with intertwining story arcs, it might be hard to discern where to start and what your next Halo book should be. To help you out, we’ve compiled the definitive list of all Halo books , both in order of release and in chronological order of the story.

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All Halo Books in Order of Release

  • Halo: The Fall of Reach (2001)
  • Halo: The Flood (2003)
  • Halo: First Strike (2003)
  • Halo: Ghosts of Onyx (2006)
  • Halo: Contact Harvest (2007)
  • Halo: The Cole Protocol (2008)
  • Halo: Evolutions Volume I (2010)
  • Halo: Evolutions Volume II (2010)
  • Halo: Cryptum (2011)
  • Halo: Glasslands (2011)
  • Halo: Primordium (2012, sequel to Halo: Cryptum )
  • Halo: The Thursday War (2012, sequel to Halo: Glasslands )
  • Halo: Silentium (2013, sequel to Halo: Primordium )
  • Halo: Rebirth (2013, epilogue to Halo: Silentium )
  • Halo: Mortal Dictata (2014, sequel to Halo: The Thursday War )
  • Halo: Broken Circle (2014)
  • Halo: New Blood (2015)
  • Halo: Hunters in the Dark (2015)
  • Halo: Saint’s Testimony (2015)
  • Halo: Last Light (2015)
  • Halo: Shadow of Intent (2015)
  • Halo: Fractures (2016)
  • Halo: Smoke and Shadow (2016)
  • Halo: Envoy (2017, sequel to Halo: The Cole Protocol )
  • Halo: Retribution (2017, sequel to Halo: Last Light )
  • Halo: Legacy of Onyx (2017)
  • Halo: Bad Blood (2018, sequel to Halo: New Blood )
  • Halo: Silent Storm (2018)
  • Halo: Battle Born (2019)
  • Halo: Renegades (2019, sequel to Halo: Smoke and Shadow )
  • Halo: Oblivion (2019, sequel to Halo: Silent Storm )
  • Halo: Meridian Divide (2019, sequel to Halo: Battle Born )
  • Halo: Shadows of Reach (2020)
  • Halo: Sacrifice (2020)
  • Halo: Point of Light (2021, sequel to Halo: Renegades )
  • Halo: Divine Wind (2021, sequel to Halo: Retribution )
  • Halo: The Rubicon Protocol (2022)
  • Halo: Outcasts (2022)
  • Halo: Epitaph (2024)

Halo Books Chronological Order

All Halo Books in Chronological Order

  • Halo: Cryptum
  • Halo: Primordium
  • Halo: Silentium
  • Halo: Rebirth
  • Halo: Broken Circle (first half)
  • Halo: Contact Harvest
  • Halo: The Cole Protocol
  • Halo: Battle Born
  • Halo: Battle Born – Meridian Divide
  • Halo: The Fall of Reach
  • Halo: Silent Storm
  • Halo: Oblivion
  • Halo: The Flood
  • Halo: First Strike
  • Halo: Broken circle (second half)
  • Halo: Ghosts of Onyx
  • Halo: Glasslands
  • Halo: The Thursday War
  • Halo: Mortal Dictata
  • Halo: Last Light
  • Halo: Retribution
  • Halo: Shadow of Intent
  • Halo: New Blood
  • Halo: Hunters in the Dark
  • Halo: Smoke and Shadow
  • Halo: Renegades
  • Halo: Saint’s Testimony
  • Halo: Point of Light
  • Halo: Envoy
  • Halo: Legacy of Onyx
  • Halo: Bad Blood
  • Halo: Sacrifice
  • Halo: Shadows of Reach
  • Halo: Divine Wind
  • Halo: Outcasts
  • Halo: The Rubicon Protocol
  • Halo: Epitaph

The books Halo: Evolutions (or Halo: Evolutions Volume I and Halo: Evolutions Volume II) and Halo: Fractures include different stories taking place throughout the Halo Timeline.

For a complete overview of all Halo media in chronological order, please check out our Halo Timeline. It also includes every game, movie, and comic, so you can get a good understanding of how all the media relate to each other.

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Thanks for posting this stuff. I’m a major Halo fan, having read all the books (exceptions noted below) and played all that games to date on the original PC 1 & 2, and XBox. But I will not purchase any book written by Kelly Gay. She wrote a short that I believe appeared in one of the Fractured books. It was about a new group of Sparton 3’s. A nice short. Then 343 published a book by her (Smoke and Shadow) that was another short, which included the original short, but added maybe 4 or 5 chapters to the same story. Unfortunately, that book didn’t end the story, it just continued the short. I felt ripped off by that. So, even though I feel she’s a good writer, I will NEVER purchase another HALO book written by her. She’s a rip off, and I’m disappointed by 343 that they perpetuated this scam. Shame on you Kelly, and shame on you 343

Hello! Thanks for the expansive list! Some further nitpicking- didn’t Sacrifice release after Point of Light and Divine Wind?

Hey, on the chronological list ‘Silent Storm’ and ‘Oblivion’ should be significantly earlier in the timeline. They take place in the first 1-2 years of the Human-Covenant War and should be in between Contact Harvest & The Cole Protocol I think.

First strike and the flood are reversed in order on your list. First strike begins August 30th 2552 and ends September 13th 2552. Where as the flood begins September 19th 2552.

Thank you for the list! I was following another list that was outdated and now with this one, I have 9 more books to read! This universe is super interesting to me and I’ve grown so fond of characters that weren’t even in the games! The stories are incredible. Thanks again!

You are very welcome!

Getting nitpicky here but it would be nice to have the books in chronological order listed here instead botanist a reference to the Halo universe list. The overall list is impressive and seemingly exhaustive but there is so much information that people who are interested in only reading the books (and not things like the comics and terminal entries in games and such) have to dig to find the books. Like I said, nitpicky. Overall awesome effort and thank you for it!

Hi! I think you are right and decided to include a list of just the books in chronological order as well. Hope it helps!

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Caitlin Clark does it! Iowa guard passes Kelsey Plum as NCAA women's basketball top scorer

Well that didn't take long.

With — what else? — a logo 3 just 132 seconds into the game vs. Michigan on Thursday, Caitlin Clark , the senior from Iowa, surpassed former Washington All-American Kelsey Plum to move into first place in the NCAA scoring record book .

"You all knew I was going to shoot a logo 3 for the record. Come on now," Clark said after the game.

She didn't stop there, though, finishing the night with a school-record (and personal best) 49 points in Iowa's 106-89 win over Michigan.

So what’s next for Clark ? 

She is on pace to break Pete Maravich’s record of 3,667 points , set from 1967-70 when he played at LSU, toward the end of Iowa’s regular season. But the record that might matter even more to women’s basketball historians and junkies is 3,649. That’s how many points Lynette Woodard, a Wichita native , scored when she played at Kansas from 1977-81. That was before the NCAA ran women’s college sports though, so Woodard’s record is in the AIAW record books instead of the NCAA record books. 

Clark surpassing Woodard and Maravich would quiet anyone complaining about Clark’s record not being legitimate. And given how many games she has left this season, it’s possible Clark will set a scoring mark so high, no one could come close to reaching it.  — Lindsay Schnell

How many points did Caitlin Clark score last night?

Clark dropped a career-high 49 points against Michigan on Feb. 15.

Caitlin Clark point total: How many points does she have now?

Clark pushed her all-time point total to 3,569 points. Every point she scores from here on out will just add to the NCAA women's record.

What makes Caitlin Clark so special? Steph Curry, Maya Moore, other hoops legends weigh in

To commemorate Caitlin Clark becoming  the top scorer in women’s NCAA basketball history , USA TODAY Sports spoke to Clark’s friends, family, opponents and admirers — including Stephen Curry and Maya Moore — about some of the biggest and best shots of her illustrious career, letting them explain  what makes the 6-foot point guard so special .  Read Lindsay Schnell's full feature here.

Caitlin Clark's record-breaking shot

Watch the shot here:

Caitlin Clark highlights last night

Caitlin clark celebration: guard moved to tears.

Caitlin Clark got emotional at the celebration for her becoming the all-time leading scorer in NCAA women’s basketball.

Tears glistened in her eyes and she had to wipe them with her jersey as she listened to video clips of her brothers praising her. She smiled shyly as coach Lisa Bluder called her “special.” And when her teammates picked her up, she immediately began pointing to the ground, telling them, “Put me down!”

“I’m just really grateful,” Clark said, cradling a commemorative game ball. “Thankful for everyone that came out tonight and support us night in and night out. … We’ve got a lot more winning to do so let’s go. I appreciate you all!” — Nancy Armour

Can anyone challenge Caitlin Clark's new NCAA scoring record?

Kelsey Plum’s record stood for seven years. Iowa coach Lisa Bluder thinks Caitlin Clark’s could stand for even longer.

Clark has 3,569 points, and still has the rest of this season to play. Maybe next year, too. Clark is eligible to play a fifth COVID year, and has not yet said whether she plans to return to Iowa or go to the WNBA.

“This record is going to stand for a long time and I’m just glad she’s wearing black and gold,” Bluder said.

Bluder also said she loved that Clark set the record with a logo 3, the shot that’s become her signature. Clark also set a career high with 49 points.

“You do it, you do it well, girl,” Bluder said. — Nancy Armour

One more year for Caitlin Clark?

Iowa fans are getting greedy.

Chants of “One more year! One more year!” echoed throughout Carver-Hawkeye Arena before the post-game celebration for Clark becoming the new NCAA women’s all-time scoring leader.

Clark said after the game it was “pretty special” to break the record at home. Iowa fans have supported her throughout her career, selling out home games this year and packing away arenas to watch her chase the scoring mark.

“It’s so special,” Clark said. “These fans deserve it, they’ve supported me since I stepped on campus. … But we’re not done. We’re still looking for a little bit more.”

Clark’s teammates feted her with T-shirts bearing her name and number on the back and the slogan, “You break it, you own it.” That was the tagline of the post Nike, which sponsors Clark, used to congratulate her. They also held up commemorative front pages of the Des Moines Register.  — Nancy Armour

Final: Iowa 106, Michigan 89

On a career night for Caitlin Clark — she scored 49, a new career best, and broke the NCAA women’s scoring record in the first quarter — the number she’ll care most about is this: 23. That’s how many victories Iowa now has this season after getting back on the winning track after an upset at Nebraska on Super Bowl Sunday. 

Kate Martin chipped in 20, and the Hawkeyes shot 53% in a game where they recorded 25 assists on 34 made baskets. 

“It’s pretty unreal, this crowd is unreal,” Clark told Peacock afterward, adding that she was grateful to play at a school where she could “make a lot of my dreams come true.” 

New career high for Caitlin Clark

Something about Michigan brings out the best in Caitlin Clark.

On the same night she became the NCAA’s all-time leading scorer, Clark also set a career high with 49 points. Her previous career high was 46, also against Michigan, in 2022. The 49 points is also a new single-game high for Iowa, one better than Megan Gustafson's previous record. 

Clark tied her career best with a pair of free throws late in the fourth quarter, then knocked down a 3-pointer on Iowa’s next possession. It was her ninth trey of the night, tying her career high from long distance. Shortly after, she took a seat on the bench, likely for the rest of the game.

— Nancy Armour

End of 3Q: Iowa 81, Michigan 60

Of course in a game where she set a scoring record, Caitlin Clark is still happy to distribute the basketball. 

Just before the third quarter ended Clark tallied her 10th assist of the game — the 58th double-double of her career — on a nifty bounce pass to Addison O’Grady. Along with 10 dimes, Clark has 38 points and four rebounds. 

This is her 53rd game with 30 or more points, the most in all of NCAA basketball since 2008-09. Not too shabby. 

Iowa is dominating in both fast break points (23-5) and points off turnovers (21-7). They’ve also got a 38-26 edge in the paint. 

5:53, 3Q: Iowa 63, Michigan 50

This is a strange game. Iowa is only up 13, but given all the energy in the building and fans who are there just for Caitlin Clark, it feels like they’re up 30 (it’s possible it doesn’t feel this way to Lisa Bluder and her staff). Clark has 33, which is impressive, but she’s clearly slowed after a monster first quarter. 

And yet, as she continues to pile up stats, the congratulations continue to pour in on social media, including from Nike, one of Clark's NIL sponsors:

Halftime: Iowa 53, Michigan 41

Alright, deep breath and everyone grab some water. That was a chaotic first half. 

Behind 28 points from Caitlin Clark — who cooled considerably in the second quarter, only scoring five — the Hawkeyes opened a 12-point lead on Michigan headed into the break. 

Both teams are shooting 55% or better, with Michigan checking in at 56% and Iowa at 63%. 

But the new record-holder isn’t terribly impressed. 

Clark’s assessment of the first half was blunt: “We’ve gotta play better defense.” 

One place Iowa has played great defense is the perimeter — Michigan is just 1-of-8 from long-distance, while Iowa is 9-of-15, with Clark hitting six of those. She also has eight assists, and is on her way to yet another double double. 

Clark isn’t doing it by herself though. Hannah Stuelke, who stole the show last week, has nine points and Kate Martin has eight. Jordan Hobbs leads Michigan with 14 points. 

— Lindsay Schnell

Order your Caitlin Clark commemorative page here

You're going to want to remember this day, and this game, when Caitlin Clark became the NCAA's all-time scoring leader in women's basketball. The USA TODAY Network has you covered in that department, as The Des Moines Register, Clark’s hometown paper, has created a commemorative poster for fans to order . You can get it framed or unframed, stretched on a canvas or as a metal, acrylic or wood print. Order one for yourself, and all your friends and family. 

End of 1Q: Iowa 33, Michigan 22

Whew. Anyone tired? 

Caitlin Clark certainly isn’t. 

After breaking the NCAA scoring record barely two minutes into the game, Clark continued her hot streak, turning in a stunning 23 points on 8-of-10 shooting — including 5-of-7 from 3 — in the first quarter. 

Clark’s career high is 46. Is she about to top that? 

Behind Clark, Iowa is shooting 75% from the field. Michigan is shooting 59% … is this game going to have multiple record setters? 

Caitlin Clark's record comes on a logo 3, naturally

Of course Caitlin Clark broke the record with a logo 3.

Clark’s second 3-pointer of the game, with 7:43 left in the first quarter, set off pandemonium in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Her mom put her hands on her head and her dad and brothers clapped and exchanged high fives.

The game didn’t stop immediately — Clark had said earlier this week, "we can’t be wasting timeouts on that."

But after Michigan missed a shot at the other end, Iowa coach Lisa Bluder called a timeout so the crowd could recognize Clark’s milestone. She beamed as she was hugged and congratulated by her teammates, and she buried her head in Bluder’s shoulder.

“With 3,528 points in her career, she has officially broken Kelsey Plum’s record,” the public address announcer said, sending the arena into a frenzy again. “Let’s hear it one more time for No. 22, Caitlin Clark!” 

Clark had said earlier this week that she wasn't nervous as she approached the record but excited.

"Go out there, play basketball and have fun, and this is what comes along with it," she said. "I understand the magnitude of this but it’s just kind of come with how my four years have gone."

How to watch Caitlin Clark, Iowa vs. Michigan

Iowa vs. Michigan tips at 8 p.m. ET and can be streamed on Peacock .

Caitlin Clark's best shots during her Iowa career

When Caitlin Clark opened her college career by scoring 27 points vs. Northern Iowa on Nov. 25, 2020, it turned out to be a glimpse of what was to come. The Des Moines native has gone on to average 28.2 points over four spectacular seasons, putting her in position to become the all-time leading scorer in NCAA college basketball history. 

“She’s not just a high-powered scoring machine, she’s a flat-out hooper,” said Christy Winters-Scott, the lead analyst at the Big Ten Network.

USA TODAY Sports spoke to Steph Curry, Maya Moore, Kim Mulkey, Gus Johnson and others about what makes Iowa's Caitlin Clark so s pecial . — Lindsay Schnell

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At least the NFL gave us a dry run for how to find tonight's game!

NBC put the wild-card game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Miami Dolphins on Peacock last month, to no shortage of outrage from NFL fans. But as NBC tries to drive consumers to its streaming platform, especially ahead of this summer’s Paris Olympics, when a lot of the coverage will be on Peacock, it needs some big games to entice them.

And it doesn’t get bigger than Caitlin Clark breaking Kelsey Plum’s all-time NCAA women’s scoring record. 

For example, here's the line to get into the gym tonight:

Caitlin Clark, Iowa headed back to Final Four? 

Is history about to repeat itself? 

Last season as a 2 seed, Iowa and Clark made it all the way to the college basketball promised land, eventually falling to LSU in the national championship . 

Thursday, about 90 minutes before Iowa tipped vs. Michigan, the NCAA selection committee revealed its first top 16 rankings and Iowa was No. 5 overall, which would mean the Hawkeyes would be the top No. 2 seed if the NCAA bracket came out tomorrow. 

Last year, Iowa was the No. 2 seed in its region ; Stanford was the No. 1 seed, but got upset at home in the round of 32. Iowa wound up beating fifth-seeded Louisville in the Elite Eight to advance to the Final Four. 

Want to see Caitlin Clark in person? It will cost you

The  demand to see Caitlin Clark this season  has been high, but as she  goes for the NCAA women's scoring record  Thursday, ticket prices to see the historic achievement are reaching near-record levels.

Tickets to see  No. 4 Iowa  host  Michigan   on Thursday night  have an average purchase price of $387, which is the second-most expensive women's basketball game of all-time − college or WNBA −  according to TickPick . But the average purchase price in the past week has been $521, showing how much the demand has risen as Clark nears the record.

The get-in price for the game is $426 as of Tuesday afternoon. On  StubHub , courtside tickets could be purchased for $13,669 each with fees. — Jordan Mendoza

Where does Caitlin Clark stack up against Kelsey Plum, Pete Maravich?

Iowa's Caitlin Clark fell just eight points short Sunday afternoon of the NCAA women's scoring record as the  Hawkeyes were upset by Nebraska 82-79 .

The 22-year-old senior phenom  has averaged 32.1 points this season, but she's averaged nearly 34 points in her last five games. At that pace, Clark could surpass Kelsey Plum's mark of 3,527 career points in the first quarter Thursday.

Why all the excitement? The Hawkeye phenom's mark on all NCAA basketball could ultimately be even bigger. She is 147 points shy of Pete Maravich's all-time scoring record, which has stood for five decades. — Jim Sergent

What is Caitlin Clark's highest-scoring game?

Clark's highest-scoring game came when she hung 45 points on Ohio State on Jan. 21. Clark shot 12-for-25, including 7-for-18 from 3. She also grabbed three rebounds and handed out seven assists in the 100-92 loss . 

See how many other college players have scored more than 3,000 points here .

Caitlin Clark’s scoring, season by season

One of the most impressive parts of Clark’s climb to the top of the scoring mountain is how, despite every opposing team keying in on her, she has scored more each season. Below is an illustrated look at how much Clark has scored each season, and exactly how she did it. 

Caitlin Clark's remaining games

Iowa's schedule the rest of the season:

  • Thursday, Feb. 22 at Indiana, 8 p.m. ET on Peacock
  • Sunday, Feb. 25 vs. Illinois, 1 p.m. ET on FS1
  • Wednesday, Feb. 28 at Minnesota, 9 p.m. ET on Peacock
  • Sunday, March 3 vs. Ohio State, 1 p.m. on Fox
  • March 6-10, Big Ten Tournament in Minneapolis, times and TV vary

Is Caitlin Clark a senior?  

Yes … but she could come back next year and be a super senior if she wants. Though she’s projected to be the No. 1 pick in the 2024 WNBA draft, she could return to Iowa City next season. Because Clark was a freshman in the 2020-21 season, she has a COVID year (basically, that season didn’t count toward anyone’s eligibility).

How tall is Caitlin Clark?  

Clark is 6-foot. Big guards have become more common in women’s basketball the last decade or so, and Clark’s size absolutely helps her because she’s able to see over defenders on the break and get vertical separation when she goes up for a shot. Also of note: Clark worked hard last summer to put on eight pounds of muscle and that has made a huge difference in her game, particularly when she drives to the rim.

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Our team had a bundle of fun playing this hilarious game. The best part about it; it incorporates materials you (likely) already own. Here’s what you need: -At least one book per person -Paper, enough for everyone to write on -One pen per person  Alright, got all the material? Listen closely- here’s how you play: Each player has a book, a piece of paper, and a pen. The first person to go (we’ll call them player A) reads the title, author, and the synopsis featured on the inside flap or back of the book. That player than writes down the …

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Our team had a bundle of fun playing this hilarious game. The best part about it; it incorporates materials you (likely) already own. Here’s what you need:

-At least one book per person

-Paper, enough for everyone to write on

-One pen per person 

Alright, got all the material? Listen closely- here’s how you play:

Each player has a book, a piece of paper, and a pen. The first person to go (we’ll call them player A) reads the title, author, and the synopsis featured on the inside flap or back of the book. That player than writes down the real first sentence of the book. No one can see what player A wrote down. All books are acceptable!

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Every other player must then make up a first sentence to the same book. The goal is to try to sound as plausible as possible. Everyone then passes their paper with the fake first sentence to player A. When everyone has given their paper to player A, player A shuffles the papers and reads each sentence.

all books game

Are you still following? OK, let’s continue…

As of now, no one knows the REAL first sentence except for player A. After player A reads all of the possible sentences, everyone must guess which is the REAL first sentence. Player A will likely have to read over all of the answers again. At the end, player A reveals the real first sentence. Many people will say “AH! I KNEW IT!” or “What, really??” 

The point system: Anyone who guessed the first sentence correctly gets a point. Both of these boys guessed the correct first sentence, so they each get a point. Yay for them!

There’s another way to get a point! Let’s say player B wrote a fake sentence that a majority of players thought was the real first sentence. Player B then gets a point.

The game continues until everyone has their turn to be player A, or until everyone is exhausted from thinking of creative first sentences. Questions?

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How to Read the Game of Thrones Books in Chronological Order

A reading guide for george r.r. martin's a song of ice and fire novels (and companion books)..

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A Song of Ice and Fire has been solidified as a defining work of fiction over the past 27 years. Martin’s fantasy book saga ascended into the zeitgeist through an ongoing series of best-selling novels and HBO's adaptation of unprecedented success. And its pop culture prevalence persists thanks in part to HBO's excellent follow-up series, House of the Dragon.

With House of the Dragon: Season 2 coming out in 2024, now is a great time to dive into the source material and visit Westeros through the lens of its architect. For those who’ve yet to read George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire novels (and its companion books), we’ve put together this guide on how to read all the Game of Thrones books in chronological order.

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How Many Game of Thrones Books Are There in the Series?

George R. R. Martin has published five novels in his A Song of Ice and Fire saga . He’s working on two future volumes in the series: The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring. And while those books are still in the works from Martin, someone used ChatGPT to finish the series themselves and see what the ending to A Song of Ice and Fire could look like. Fans are generally unsure whether or not Martin will ever finish the series himself .

Martin has published several ASoIaF companion works as well, including three Dunk & Egg novellas (collected in 2015’s A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms), three Targaryan-focused novellas (collected and expanded upon in 2018’s Fire & Blood), and a world compendium titled The World of Ice & Fire. More on all of these below.

Game Of Thrones Book Sets

If you're a fan of physical media, one of the best ways to enjoy the Game of Thrones books is as a set. There a few different book sets that you can buy to get all of the books all at once, but the most display-worthy set is the leather-bound version.

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With series newcomers in mind, these brief plot synopses contain only mild spoilers such as broad plot points and character introductions.

1. Fire & Blood

Fire & Blood: 300 Years Before A Game of Thrones

Fire & Blood, the source material for HBO’s House of the Dragon, is a history of the House Targaryen 300-year reign in Westeros. Unlike the A Song of Ice and Fire novels, Fire & Blood isn’t told from the perspective of characters involved in the plot, rather it’s framed as a recounting of the Targaryen dynasty by a character named Gyldayn, an archmaester of the Citadel who lived toward the end of the Targaryen reign into Robert Baratheon’s.

While this sets Gyldayn’s act of writing around the start of A Song of Ice and Fire (ASoIaF), the actual events recounted in the archmaester's history begin 300 years before A Game of Thrones and span roughly 150 years — the second 150 years of the Targaryen reign are expected to be covered in Fire & Blood Volume 2.

Every Dragon in Game of Thrones: House of the Dragon

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Fire & Blood spans the lifetimes of six Targaryen rulers, beginning with Aegon I Targaryen and his conquest of Westeros. Within these 150 years, The Dying of the Dragons (aka The Dance of the Dragons) occurs, which is the tale told in HBO’s House of the Dragon.

Fire & Blood includes and expands upon three ASoIaF novellas previously published by Martin: The Princess and the Queen, or, the Blacks and the Greens (2013), The Rogue Prince (2014), and The Sons of the Dragon (2017).

The recently published The Rise of the Dragon, meanwhile, is a condensed and illustrated version of Fire & Blood

2. A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms

A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms

A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms is a collection of three novellas starring a hedge knight named Ser Duncan the Tall (Dunk) and his squire Aegon V Targaryen (Egg). Their adventures are set roughly 90 years before the events of A Game of Thrones.

It’s not essential reading, as it’s not part of (or even set during) the mainline novels, though the novellas are great for anyone looking for further adventures and/or new perspectives in the Seven Kingdoms.

A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms compiles three novellas: The Hedge Knight (1998), The Sworn Sword (2003), and The Mystery Knight (2010).

3. A Game of Thrones

A Game of Thrones

The book that started it all in 1996, A Game of Thrones is the first ASoIaF novel. It's the reader’s introduction to the world of Westeros, its surrounding regions, its prominent families, and many of the colorful characters that comprise the series’ heroes and villains.

A Game of Thrones is set during the reign of Robert Baratheon , following Robert’s Rebellion and the end of the Targaryen dynasty. It sets into motion the War of the Five Kings, during which five men stake their claim to the Iron Throne. Political scheming, backstabbing, familial strife, and bloodshed follow — themes common throughout the entirety of ASoIaF.

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The story is told through points of view that alternate from chapter to chapter. Excluding the prologue, the point-of-view characters in A Game of Thrones are Eddard Stark , Catelyn Stark, Sansa Stark, Arya Stark, Bran Stark, Jon Snow, Tyrion Lannister, and Daenerys Targaryen, whose story unfolds across the Narrow Sea in the eastern continent of Essos .

Martin’s novella Blood of the Dragon is largely repurposed material from the Daenerys chapters in A Game of Thrones, hence its exclusion from this list.

4. A Clash of Kings

A Clash of Kings

A Clash of Kings continues the War of the Five Kings. The pronounced kings rally their banners, the Lannisters attempt to solidify their power in King’s Landing , Jon Snow marches north of the Wall with the Night’s Watch , and Dany navigates a foreign land.

Excluding the prologue, the point-of-view characters in A Clash of Kings are Catelyn Stark, Sansa Stark, Arya Stark, Bran Stark, Jon Snow, Tyrion Lannister, Daenerys Targaryen, Theon Greyjoy, and Davos Seaworth.

5. A Storm of Swords

A Storm of Swords

The third ASoIaF novel, A Storm of Swords, essentially brings the War of the Five Kings to an end, save for some lingering claimants and conflicts.

As the war dies down in the Seven Kingdoms, the Stark children navigate crises near and far while Jon Snow ventures with wildlings beyond the Wall. In the East, Dany learns to lead.

Excluding the prologue and epilogue, the point-of-view characters in A Storm of Swords are Catelyn Stark, Sansa Stark, Arya Stark, Bran Stark , Jon Snow, Tyrion Lannister, Daenerys Targaryen, Davos Seaworth, Jaime Lannister , and Samwell Tarly.

Martin’s novella Path of the Dragon is largely repurposed material from the Daenerys chapters in A Storm of Swords, hence its exclusion from this list.

6. A Feast for Crows

A Feast for Crows

Picking up after the events of the previous novel, A Feast for Crows runs concurrently with the fifth novel, A Dance with Dragons. Several of the series' most beloved characters — Jon Snow, Tyrion Lannister, Daenerys Targaryen — are saved for the following book, which focuses on the characters at the Wall and across the Narrow Sea. In their absence, Feast focuses on new and returning characters politicking in King’s Landing, the Iron Islands , and Dorne as winter arrives in Westeros.

"It dawned on [Martin] that the book had become too big to publish in a single volume,” the author published in an afternote for A Feast for Crows. As such, the story was split into two books (Feast and Dance) with each book telling “all the story for half the characters, rather than half the story for all the characters.”

Excluding the prologue, the point-of-view characters in A Feast for Crows are Sansa Stark, Arya Stark , Jaime Lannister, Samwell Tarly, Cersei Lannister, Brienne of Tarth, Aeron Greyjoy, Victarion Greyjoy, Arianne Martell, Asha Greyjoy, Areo Hotah, and Arys Oakheart.

Martin’s novella Arms of the Kraken is largely repurposed material from the Iron Islands chapters in A Feast for Crows, hence its exclusion from this list.

7. A Dance with Dragons

A Dance with Dragons

A Dance with Dragons brings back the beloved point-of-view characters missing from Feast and picks up after the events of the third book, A Storm of Swords. As Martin notes in his prelude to A Dance with Dragons, Feast and Dance “are parallel… divided geographically, rather than chronologically.” However, it does eventually move beyond the events of Feast, making it the novel set furthest in the ASoIaF chronology.

In a Dance with Dragons, a new Lord Commander runs the Night Watch, Dany navigates the burdens of power, the Greyjoys move east, a Martell flies too close to the sun, Brienne reunites with an old friend, Arya continues her training, Tyrion's on the lam, and a new claimant to the Iron Throne appears.

Excluding the prologue and epilogue, the point-of-view characters in A Dance with Dragons are Jon Snow, Tyrion Lannister, Daenerys Targaryen , Bran Stark, Arya Stark, Theon Greyjoy , Quentyn Martell, Davos Seaworth, Barriston Selmy, Asha Greyjoy, Cersei Lannister, Jaime Lannister, Jon Connington, Victarion Greyjoy, Areo Hotah, and Melisandre.

A Dance with Dragons was published in 2011. Readers have been waiting 11 years for its follow-up, The Winds of Winter (more on this below).

Bonus: The World of Ice & Fire

The World of Ice and Fire

The World of Ice & Fire is a companion compendium to the ASoIaF novels. It’s a great coffee table book, full of illustrations and a deep history of Martin’s world dating back to the arrival of the First Men in Westeros during the Dawn Age (some 12,000 years before A Game of Thrones).

The Iron Throne as depicted by artist Marc Simonetti in The World of Ice & Fire (Image: George R. R. Martin)

The history extends through the Targaryen reign and Robert’s Rebellion. It includes family trees for the Targaryens, Starks, and Lannisters, as well as information on the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros, the Free Cities of Essos, and lands beyond.

How to Read the Game of Thrones Books By Release Date

  • A Game of Thrones* (1996)
  • A Clash of Kings* (1999)
  • A Storm of Swords* (2000)
  • A Feast for Crows* (2005)
  • A Dance with Dragons* (2011)
  • The World of Ice & Fire (2014)
  • A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms (2015)
  • Fire & Blood (2018)

*A Song of Ice and Fire novels

Upcoming Game of Thrones Books

The winds of winter.

Martin has two novels left to publish in his planned seven-book A Song of Ice and Fire saga. The sixth (and next) book is The Winds of Winter . The sixth novel will pick up after the events of A Dance with Dragons.

Martin has already published several blogs about and preview chapters from Winds, revealing there will be point-of-view chapters from Tyrion, Cersei, Sansa, Arya, Theon, Barriston Selmy, and others.

The author said with The Winds of Winter, ASoIaF will move "further and further away from the television series ." Most recently, Martin said he's 75% done with Winds, which he predicts will be over 1,500 pages. Though he seemingly hasn't made much progress since he originally said that.

A Dream of Spring

The final ASoIaF book is to be titled A Dream of Spring, should Martin complete and publish it.

Fire & Blood Volume 2

In addition to writing the mainline saga, Martin has confirmed he is working on the second volume of Fire & Blood. The Targaryen history is planned as a two-part series, with this second volume presumably covering the second 150 years of the family's 300-year reign.

Future Dunk & Egg Novellas

Martin has also expressed his desire to write additional Dunk & Egg novellas. He said these wouldn’t be published until he completes work on Winds of Winter, though “it has always been [his] intent to write a whole series of novellas about Dunk and Egg, chronicling their entire lives.”

The fourth Dunk & Egg novella (unfinished as of 2014) is set in Winterfell, according to Martin , and involves “a group of formidable Stark wives, widows, mothers, and grandmothers that I dubbed ‘the She-Wolves.’” He added, “The final title, when I finish the story, will be something different. There's also another Dunk & Egg novella that I've got roughed out in my head, with the working title ‘The Village Hero’. That one takes place in the Riverlands. There's no telling when I will have time to finish either of these, or which one I will write first. I don't expect I will know more until I've delivered The Winds of Winter.”

Martin has “notes and fairly specific ideas” for other Dunk & Egg adventures in addition to the tentatively titled She-Wolves and Village Hero. Martin even provided potential titles for these stories in a comment on his blog : The Sellsword, The Champion, The Kingsguard, The Lord Commander, “and several more in between.”

An HBO series following the duo's adventures is in the works, with Season 1 being an adaptation of the first novella, The Hedge Knight. Development on the series is being led by Steve Conrad (Prime Video's Patriot ).

For more, check out the best fantasy books reading list.

Jordan covers games, shows, and movies as a freelance writer for IGN.

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There are so many gaming books that make up the best gaming books nowadays - we really are treated to an enormous selection. From histories and looks behind the scenes, technical and industry explorations, art spreads, and works of fiction, the best gaming books are terrific in their own right, but very worthy contenders for any physical merch fans, and great companions to our favourite games.

In fact, I think, as physical additions to gaming merch collections and libraries, they are some of the most high-quality, informative, fun, and often beautiful bits of gaming merch and media we can get. They offer a fine, and refined means to add to one's merch collection, while also offering means to access loads more information, lore, history, and background content to our favorite games, and the way that games are made, and how the industry moves. And what with it being World Book Day this month, there's never a better time to embrace the best gaming books to go with our favorite games.

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So, when it comes to physical game merch, the best gaming books combine a few wonderful things to make them really attractive acquisitions: by merging behind the scenes insight with artwork and inspiration, or great stories and filling in narrative gaps seamlessly with great imagination, or taking us back to our early days of gaming with wonderfully retrospective looks at the retro gaming scene. Gaming books, in all their forms, are something to be cherished and valued highly among the wealth of plastic and flammable tat that usually comes to the fore when looking at game merch.

We hold many gaming books in the highest regards, (we also have a dedicated guide to the best video game art books ). And you'll see some of our favorites here as we take a broader look at the best gaming books: from novelizations and supporting fiction, through to gorgeous art and lore books, and books specifically celebrating the retro games from our pasts - there's a glorious selection to choose from. (Just as a word of warning, book covers and artworks may look different depending on where you are in the world but as long you as you use the links below and stick to the book titles you won't go wrong.) These are but a few of the most well-known gaming books or some of our picks for best gaming books - there's so many out there.

Novels are a great way to continue enjoying the stories of our favorite games - or to enjoy them again but in a slightly different but equally absorbing way. Admittedly, some are more successful than others, but generally, there are some great books that go alongside some of the biggest and best game series we know and love.

It's important to note that even the most seemingly straightforward novelization of games' plots - like the Assassin's Creed books - are still very much worth a read as the writers and authors often provide lots of extra background story and narrative or plot sequences that support and fill 'gaps' that the games may have had. For example, you'll get some extra bonus Kenway Saga backstory and information with the novel Forsaken, rather than just a retelling of Assassin's Creed III. You'll also find that some games that are chock full of lore and history, and different lands and peoples give birth to really rich novel series with unique, standalone stories that are really gripping, like the Dragon Age books.

Anyway, there are many, many series of novels based on games that it'd be rather uninspiring to just list all of them out, but there are several standout series of novels to go to in the first instance, and you'll find some of them below, starting with one that's become very popular again recently...

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Mass Effect book series | Amazon US | Amazon UK Much like the Dragon Age series, there's a rich mine of lore and history to mine with Mass Effect's futuristic sci-fi setting. Start with the one called Mass Effect: Revelation.

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Dragon Age book series | Amazon US | Amazon UK One of the most rich, interesting and brilliant game worlds in Thedas comes to life in these novels. There's so much lore and history already established by the games to build on. To get going with the books you'll want to start with The Stolen Throne.

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Witcher book series | Amazon US | Amazon UK Riding off the back of the recent Netflix series, the Witcher books are enjoying a big resurgence. Go for The Last Wish for the very start or Blood of Elves to jump in at the beginning of Ciri's 'Saga' to enjoy some awesome stories and tales from The Continent.

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Assassin's Creed book series | Amazon US | Amazon UK Oliver Bowden et al do a great job of joining the dots and adding narrative flourishes to the Templar v Assassin conflict through the ages. You can start with Renaissance as it was the first book to be published, with The Secret Crusade that follows Altair as per the first game, or with whichever one goes alongside your favorite game.

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Dishonored book series | Amazon US | Amazon UK An underrated series of books, the three of these novels keep alive the rich world of Dishonored's Empire of the Isles and its history and locations to great effect. The Corroded Man is the first book.

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Halo book series | Amazon US | Amazon UK An iconic game series, with a well-established and deep universe to draw from; it's a great set up for a book series. You'll want to start with Halo: The Fall of Reach to get the ball rolling.

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World of Warcraft books | Amazon US | Amazon UK Chock full of stories and information, these books are great for fans looking for more from the Warcraft universe. The last two words are key here as some World of Warcraft books take place before the events of World of Warcraft itself. There are, however, 16 WoW books to get your teeth into. We recommend starting with the handily-titled Volume 1 book.

Video game art books are some of my favorite things to collect and I've got dozens of them that I love dipping in and out of frequently. Gone are the days of guide and strategy books that happened to include some art, and even the purely behind the scenes books ('how the developers made the game') are not seen as frequently. Now, they cover inspirations and concept artwork, further game-universe lore and information, place histories and character backgrounds - enhancing almost everything about a game and what you thought you knew about it. They really are some of the best video game books you can get. There are hundreds of these art books, and each year we are treated to more, so we've simultaneously pointed you in the right direction, generally, as well as a little more specifically, below. (You'll have to forgive us for not including everyone's favorites *sadface*.)

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Video game art books at Amazon US This link will take you to a raft of lovely video game art books. The listings often start with some big hitters or recent releases but you'll find everything you want there.

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Video game art books at Amazon UK Same in the UK: this link will take you to the enormous selection of artwork-based gaming books that you can get from Amazon.

Some real crowd favorites are out there and remain ever-popular, so I've taken the liberty of listing some below for inspiration, as well as including some of the nailed-on excellent gaming books that are yet to grace our bookshelves and that are up for pre-order.

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The World of the Witcher | Amazon US | Amazon UK This compendium is a perfect book to go alongside the novels, games and now the Witcher Netflix TV series . Written from Jaskier's/Dandelion's perspective it covers the lore of The Continent, and its monsters, peoples and places beautifully.

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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - Creating a Champion | Amazon US | Amazon UK As we wait for Breath of the Wild 2, this art book is the perfect acquisition in the meantime and to complement that Xth playthrough, in order to see how Nintendo made its favorite champion.

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The World of Cyberpunk 2077 | Amazon US | Amazon UK Second only to your actual Cyberpunk 2077 pre-order , in terms of enjoying Night City, this artbook is a nailed-on must-have. There's also a Deluxe Edition which looks incredible.

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The Art of the Last of Us Part II | Amazon US | Amazon UK Got your The Last of Us 2 pre-order reserved? Well, why not get the accompanying art book pre-ordered too? Like I have. Or maybe pre-order the Deluxe Edition , like I have too, and get the most out of Naughty Dog's beautiful post-apocalyptic world and story.

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The Art of Death Stranding | Amazon US | Amazon UK One of the most intriguing games of the past year or so, Death Stranding sure did have a unique style of art and aesthetic, but also a wonderful world to explore. Go further than Sam's in-game journey and get the book.

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The Skyrim Library | Amazon US | Amazon UK Hands down the best written-word companion to all Elder Scrolls games - not just Skyrim. This is a brilliant video game art book collection (there are three volumes to get your teeth into, either individually or in a lovely box set) and offers a mass of lore, maps, history and information that covers all things Tamriel.

One of the most exciting and excellent things to come out of the recent (ish) wave of retro gaming enthusiasm we're enjoying is the parallel surge in the media through which we're enjoying reminiscing about past games and tech. As well as the resurgence in the best retro games consoles , gaming cabinets and arcades and accessories, retro gaming books are also enjoying popularity - and with good reason. The standard of publication of retro game books is better than its ever been, and from enormous encyclopedias of a console's library, to insights into a retro classic's development, through to tracking the technology's history and all the trends and twists in culture that were enjoyed along the way, retro gaming books are a wealth of information and enjoyment.

Below you'll find some picks from the bunch that our friends at Retro Gamer magazine have picked out for us - thanks to them for helping us out with this bit - but if you'd like to browse more specialist books and tomes that are not found at usual retailers then check out Read-Only Memory and Bitmap Books . Both of these websites have awesome collections of really nice retro books that are classy, documented in a detailed fashion and bring to life the joy of retro gaming, that we all remember fondly, but also areas that are more niche, but no less interesting.

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Retro Gaming: A Byte-Sized History Of Video Games | Amazon US | Amazon UK This is a terrific, well-structured, accessible little read. It offers a brief snapshot into some of the biggest games and systems from across the decades. All the usual suspects are present and covered, from the release of Pong right up to the appearance of the sixth generation of consoles.

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The CRPG Book | Amazon US | Amazon UK The ‘Computer Role-Playing Games’ book is rather special. Published by Bitmap Books, the quality of this title is absolutely superb with lots of sumptuous photography, revealing and interesting interviews and delightful screenshots to pore over. Highly recommended.

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The NES Encyclopedia | Amazon US | Amazon UK Chris Scullion’s first book is a very enjoyable read about one of the best-loved consoles of the 80s. It’s a little light on in-depth interviews but that’s easily forgivable given that all 714 officially licensed games have been included in this thorough tome.

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Sega Master System: A Visual Compendium | Amazon US | Amazon UK Another brilliant publication from Bitmap Books, this is a ridiculously lavish tome, with gorgeous photography, beautiful pixel art and detailed insight into swathes of the System's games. It's so good, some entries on games will leave you wanting more.

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The Nostalgia Nerd's Retro Tech | Amazon US | Amazon UK This book provides an introduction to just about every significant console and home computer format from the Magnavox Odyssey to the Xbox. It doesn't cover handhelds, but each system present gets multiple pages of coverage, featuring a solid history, some nice photography and a range of games to see, play and avoid.

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How to Read All the Game of Thrones Books In Order

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Has anything ever dominated pop culture the way George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire owned the 2010s? While HBO's Game of Thrones racked up more Emmy awards than any drama series in history, Martin’s five-volume (so far) book series earned a massive display table at nearly every bookstore in America, spawning an Iron Fleet of podcasts and websites dedicated to unpacking Martin’s narrative labyrinth. And with good reason—the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros might be the most fully realized and compelling fictional world since Tolkien’s Middle-earth.

This fall, HBO is taking another crack at Martin’s masterpiece with House of the Dragon , a new series based on Martin’s prequel book, Fire & Blood , which narrates the history of House Targaryen—the royal, dragon-riding, sometimes incestuous, often insane ancestors of Daenerys Targaryen, played by Emilia Clarke in Game of Thrones .

If the timeline sounds confusing, that’s because it is. With five (of seven) books in the main series, plus one (of two) prequels, as well as three novellas and a slew of companion books, navigating the Seven Kingdoms can be challenging for beginners and experts alike. To help, we’ve put together a reading order designed to deliver the richest—and smoothest—possible reading experience, whether you’re new to the franchise or you’ve already watched every episode of Game of Thrones . Here’s hoping we can add The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring to this list sometime before 2040. (While you wait, check out our maps to The Lord of the Rings , Dune , and The Wheel of Time .)

Bantam A Game of Thrones

It all starts here with one of the most riveting prologues ever written. In just a few pages, Martin introduces us to the Night’s Watch, the Wall, and “pale shapes gliding through the wood”—the mysterious inhuman race known only as the Others. First published in 1996, A Game of Thrones is still the best starting point for a literary journey in Westeros thanks to its masterful worldbuilding and characterization, as we encounter many of the main settings, characters, and mysteries for the first time. When the King’s right-hand advisor turns up dead, the noble Eddard Stark and his entire family are embroiled in a Machiavellian battle for power between the wealthy Lannisters and the warmongering Baratheons. Meanwhile, across the ocean, the exiled princess Daenerys Targaryen discovers her true purpose and otherworldly strength. Many fans consider A Game of Thrones the best book in the series—or second-best, after A Storm of Swords —and it earned a spot on our list of the 50 best fantasy books of all time .

Bantam A Clash of Kings, by George R.R. Martin

After a shocking conclusion to A Game of Thrones , Martin expands the scope of the series in the second book by exploring new locations and adding new characters like Brienne of Tarth, Davos Seaworth, and the red priestess Melisandre. The second season of the TV series was adapted from the plot of 1998’s A Clash of Kings , as a civil war breaks out in the Seven Kingdoms for control of the Iron Throne. One of Martin’s chief inspirations for the series was Britain’s historical Wars of the Roses between the House of Lancaster and the House of York, and that influence is particularly visible here. But instead of two rival houses, Martin throws four into the ring: the Starks, the Lannisters, the Greyjoys, and two separate factions of the Baratheons. At the same time, Daenerys Targaryen—now known as Mother-of-Dragons—loses many of her followers on a grim journey to the east, where she stumbles upon a city ruled by warlocks. A Clash of Kings might not be as memorable or propulsive as the books immediately before and after it, but it’s still an essential entry in the series that deepens the political intrigue and broadens the horizons of Westeros and Essos.

Bantam A Storm of Swords

Often celebrated as the highlight of the series, 2000’s A Storm of Swords is so eventful (and so long) that it was split across the third, fourth, and fifth seasons of the HBO series. Martin takes the biggest swings of his career in this book, shocking readers with reveals, betrayals, and deaths that have since become iconic moments in pop culture (don’t google “Red Wedding” or “Rains of Castamere” if you don’t already know what they mean). The War of the Five Kings gets more complicated as new alliances form while old ones fall, and a host of wildlings from beyond the northern border of the Seven Kingdoms marches on the undermanned Wall. In Essos, Daenerys transforms from a queen in exile into a city-conquering warlord.

Bantam A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms

Surprise! This is not the fourth book in the main series—it’s a collection of three novellas set almost 100 years earlier. But after a few references to its main characters—Ser Duncan the Tall and Aegon V Targaryen, affectionately known as “Dunk and Egg”—in the first three books, this is the perfect time to catch up on their backstories before their legacies are revealed in the next two books, A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons . Set during the rule of Daenerys’ ancestors, these novellas— The Hedge Knight (1998), The Sworn Sword (2003), and The Mystery Knight (2010)—are about a wandering knight who becomes Lord Commander of the Kingsguard, and his squire, who becomes the fifteenth Targaryen king on the Iron Throne. If you enjoy Martin’s buddy comedy between Tyrion Lannister and Podrick Payne, you’ll eat this up, and it’ll make the remaining books in the main series more rewarding. In interviews, Martin has said he wants to write somewhere between three and nine additional novellas featuring these characters, but don't hold your breath.

Bantam A Feast for Crows

Martin’s original manuscript for the fourth book in the main series was so long that his publishers split it into two separate novels set during the same period of time. A Feast for Crows was published first in 2005, and follows roughly half of the main characters—including Arya and Sansa Stark, Jaime and Cersei Lannister, and Brienne of Tarth—on their adventures in King’s Landing, the Riverlands, the Vale, and elsewhere. Unfortunately, it’s the first truly disappointing book in the series, and perhaps even the worst. The pacing is glacial, the characterizations are a little off, the other half of the cast is sorely missed, and, well, not enough happens to justify all 753 pages. It also forms the basis (along with A Dance with Dragons ) for the first poorly received season of the TV series, season five. Still, A Feast for Crows features some unforgettable scenes, like Cersei’s conflict with the Faith of the Seven, and some crucial information about cities like Braavos, Oldtown, and Sunspear.

Bantam A Dance with Dragons

When A Feast for Crows was published in 2005, A Dance with Dragons was scheduled to come out the following year. In a twist that would surprise zero Martin fans today, it did not come out in 2006, but in 2011. Even longer and more meandering than its predecessor, A Dance with Dragons reveals what happened to the other half of the cast—Daenerys, Tyrion Lannister, Jon Snow, Bran Stark, and Theon Greyjoy—during the same timeframe as A Feast for Crows . Jon Snow tries to negotiate a truce between the Night’s Watch and the wildlings, Tyrion is smuggled to Essos after committing a shocking crime, and Daenerys runs into some problems with her dragons. Some fans consider it a mild improvement over A Feast for Crows , while others deem it the worst example of Martin’s tendency to stretch things out farther than he needs to. Either way, A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons probably should have stayed a single book with half as many pages, at the very least. Sadly, now more than a decade old, it’s also the last book in the main series published to date, so this is where Martin’s story ends until The Winds of Winter .

Bantam The World of Ice And Fire

One of the (many) projects that must have slowed down Martin’s progress on The Winds of Winter , this book is far more than a reference guide to the history of Westeros it’s an essential, beautifully illustrated companion to the main series that fills in many of the world’s missing pieces while explaining the forces that shaped it. Published in 2014, it answers a lot of the questions you might have about the First Men, the Children of the Forest, the Targaryen dynasty, and the lands beyond the Seven Kingdoms like Valyria, the Free Cities, and the Further East. If you’ve already read the main books or watched the first TV series, this is the perfect book to have in your lap while watching House of the Dragon .

Fire & Blood

This first of two planned (cough) prequels is the basis for HBO’s new series, House of the Dragon . It tells the story of Daenerys’ first royal ancestor, King Aegon I Targaryen, who conquered all Seven Kingdoms atop his massive dragon, as well as several generations of his descendents, including Princess Rhaenyra, Prince Daemon, and King Viserys I. Unlike the main novels and novellas, Fire & Blood is far more summary than scene, leading some critics to compare it to reading Wikipedia pages. Style aside, if Martin had written this book with the same linear unfolding of place and mythology that Tolkien deployed in The Silmarillion , I’d have recommended reading it first, to imbue all the Targaryen references in the main series with more meaning. But Fire & Blood ’s onslaught of character and place names would be impenetrable without reading some of the other books first. And even then, the execution still pales in comparison to Martin’s earlier work.

Bantam The Lands of Ice and Fire

For the true Westerosi scholar, the 12 maps contained in The Lands of Ice and Fire are a crucial research tool. Without hyperbole, they are the most lifelike maps of a fictional world I’ve ever seen, filled with natural, political, and narrative details that make Martin’s world-spanning story a lot easier to follow. I almost considered putting this book first in the reading order, just to have these superior maps on-hand while reading the main series. But unlike Karen Wynn Fonstad’s The Atlas of Middle-earth , there is no accompanying text to read. It’s not even really a “book,” but rather a series of posters folded between the covers. Nonetheless, reading any of the books above (or watching either of the TV series) is a richer experience when you’ve got these maps at hand.

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That sixth book may or may not be coming, but here's how to catch up on George R.R. Martin's fantasy series to date.

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Nobody understands the waiting game quite like Game of Thrones fans. Loyal devotees of George R.R. Martin's epic fantasy series have been hanging on for more than a decade since the last novel, A Dance with Dragons , was released in 2011, and the author has been pushing the next book's release date back ever since. (A clarifying point here: the HBO series based on the novels is named Game of Thrones , after the first novel. The collective novel series is titled A Song of Ice and Fire .)

In that update, Martin didn't give any indication of how close he actually was to finishing, so it's safe to say that fans of his A Song of Ice and Fire series will have to wait a while longer. For the uninitiated, this long book hiatus is a perfect opportunity to get caught up on the famously hefty novels.

As the much-anticipated prequel series, House of Dragons , which depicts the Targaryen civil war, wraps up season one, now is the perfect time to dive back into the books. Here's how to read them in order.

Bantam Fire & Blood

Fire & Blood

This is technically not part of the Song of Ice and Fire series, but it's still well worth including in your reading plans. Fire & Blood details the history of the Targaryen family, and is the basis for HBO's House of Dragons . A second volume is allegedly on the way, since Martin ended up with more material than he could fit into one book.

Bantam A Game of Thrones (Book 1)

A Game of Thrones (Book 1)

The first novel in the series introduces the fictional continents of Westeros and Essos, and also establishes several of the characters we'll come to know and love over the series. A Game of Thrones features interweaving perspectives from nine characters, including Jon Snow, Daenerys Targaryen, and the Stark family: Ned, Catelyn, Sansa, Arya and Bran.

Bantam A Clash of Kings (Book 2)

A Clash of Kings (Book 2)

The second novel in the series centers on a civil war between the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros, and on Daenerys's simultaneous mission to conquer the kingdoms for herself. Season two of HBO's Game of Thrones was largely based on A Clash of Kings , although it deviated in some key ways.

Bantam A Storm of Swords (Book 3)

A Storm of Swords (Book 3)

This third novel in the series is also the longest to date, though judging by Martin's updates, The Winds of Winter could eventually steal that title. A Storm of Swords follows the ongoing War of Five Kings in Westeros, introduces a ghost army, and includes the infamous Red Wedding (if you know you know).

Bantam A Feast for Crows (Book 4)

A Feast for Crows (Book 4)

The fourth novel in the series picks up in the aftermath of the War of the Five Kings, which has left several key players dead. A Feast For Crows centers on the Lannister family's reign after their victory in the war, while Lord Jon Snow has become Lord Commander of the Night's Watch.

Bantam A Dance with Dragons (Book 5)

A Dance with Dragons (Book 5)

The final (for now) book runs in parallel to A Feast For Crows , and was the basis for much of the fifth and sixth seasons of Game of Thrones. A Dance with Dragons is the most sprawling of all Martin's novels, jumping between the POVs of no fewer than 18 different characters. It explores the reign of Daenerys Targaryen, and the wider aftermath of the war.

The Winds of Winter (Book 6)

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And that brings us to the long, long, long-awaited sixth book.

After more than a decade, there's still no firm date on the calendar for The Winds of Winter, but Martin did offer a somewhat encouraging update in June of 2022. "Still working," Martin wrote on his blog . "Finally finished a clutch of Cersei chapters that were giving me fits. Now I am wrestling with Jaime and Brienne. The work proceeds, though not as fast as many of you would like."

Given the overwhelmingly negative response to the final season of HBO's Game of Thrones (which was the first to be written without source material from Martin) you have to imagine Martin is feeling the pressure to deliver. He even shared that his ending will be different than the show's ending.

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George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire book series has been a fantasy stalwart since it first debuted in 1996, and it’s only grown in influence thanks to HBO’s Game of Thrones . Maybe even more importantly, the series’ highly debated ending (or on the other end of the spectrum, the mostly beloved first season of House of the Dragon ) made the prospect of experiencing Martin’s original vision even more appealing... even if it isn’t finished yet .

While the order of the books is old-hat to most experienced A Song of Ice and Fire fans, the best order to read everything in can be a little confusing for new readers. Meanwhile, seasoned fans might want a new or unique way to revisit the universe. So, to help both of those groups out, we’ve compiled a list of the best order to read A Song of Ice and Fire in. Whether you’re just jumping into Westeros for the first time, or rereading the books for the dozenth time in preparation for the eventual (hopefully) release of The Winds of Winter , there are options.

Reading A Song of Ice and Fire in release order

If you’re reading this series for the first time, this is probably the best, safest option — and probably the one you’re looking for. Reading these in release order lets the focus remain on the central Song of Ice and Fire story. Martin would go on to build out the world of Westeros with the Tales of Dunk and Egg stories, so it’s best to mix those in at his pace. This order ignores the smaller releases of stories that were eventually fed into Fire & Blood in favor of waiting for the end of A Dance with Dragons , where the entire history fits best.

  • A Game of Thrones
  • “ The Hedge Knight ” (from A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms )
  • A Clash of Kings
  • A Storm of Swords
  • “The Sworn Sword ” (from A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms )
  • A Feast for Crows
  • “ The Mystery Knight ” (from A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms )
  • A Dance with Dragons
  • Fire & Blood

A Song of Ice and Fire books in chronological order of Westeros history

If this is your first time reading this series, please don’t read it in this order. It will certainly make sense, and work well enough for world building, but the narrative itself will be significantly less interesting and the style much less fun — since you’re starting with a history book and a short story collection, rather than the main novels. But it is a path!

  • A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms

A Song of Ice and Fire world-building order

This order isn’t much better for new fans than the chronological one, but it is a fairly interesting order for anyone looking to reread A Song of Ice and Fire. This order emphasizes the main story while supplementing it with context and world-building stories from A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms . And the most important addition is pivoting to dig into Westeros history by reading Fire & Blood just after finishing A Storm of Swords , before Martin opens up the wider world of the stories with A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons .

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A Song of Ice and Fire is an epic fantasy novel series written by screenwriter and American novelist, George R. R. Martin. A hugely popular book series, A Song of Ice and Fire is the basis of the largely-celebrated HBO show, Game of Thrones .

Who Is George R.R. Martin?

George R. R. Martin is a fantasy writer born who grew up in Bayonne, New Jersey. He made his writing debut in 1977 with the novel, Dying of the Light, and by the mid-1980s, he was already making a career by writing for television. 

He first published the first installment to the A Song of Ice and Fire series in 1996. By the time the fourth volume, 2005’s A Feast for Crows, came out, his name was already included in the top best-sellers list. 

With the television adaptation of Game of Thrones in 2011 , along with its star-studded cast, the fantasy series reached an ever wider audience. Martin published the latest title of the series, A Dance with Dragons, that same year, which also achieved a best-selling status. 

Game of Thrones eventually ended its eight season run in HBO in 2019 but Martin is still far from finished with the book series. The upcoming sequels, The Winds of Winter, and A Dream of Spring are yet to be published.

A Song of Ice and Fire Series Rundown

The book series takes place on the fictional continents Essos and Westeros. The narration of the whole story is from a limited perspective of a number of characters increasing from nine in the first novel, Game of Thrones, to t31 main characters by the fifth novel, A Dance with Dragons. 

Three main plots intertwine: the rise of Daenerys Targaryen to the Iron Throne, the imminent threat of the Others in the most northern part of Westeros, and the war of the royal families on who gets to sit on the Iron Throne. 

According to Martin, his inspiration for the best-selling book series included the French historical novels, The Accursed Kings, by Maurice Druon, and the Wars of the Roses. A Song of Ice and Fire received mostly positive acclaims because of its realism, its diverse portrayal of religion and women, as well as its assortment of subjective and disparate points of view. 

The series was translated into 47 languages as of early 2017, and by mid 2019, over 90 million copies of the book were sold worldwide. 

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Here are all the Song of Ice and Fire books in chronological order for anyone who wants to get started on the book series:

1) A Game of Thrones (First in the Series of Game of Thrones Books)

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Yet a more immediate threat lurks to the south, where Jon Arryn, the Hand of the King, has died under mysterious circumstances. Now Robert is riding north to Winterfell, bringing his queen, the lovely but cold Cersei, his son, the cruel, vainglorious Prince Joffrey, and the queen’s brothers Jaime and Tyrion of the powerful and wealthy House Lannister—the first a swordsman without equal, the second a dwarf whose stunted stature belies a brilliant mind. All are heading for Winterfell and a fateful encounter that will change the course of kingdoms.

Meanwhile, across the Narrow Sea, Prince Viserys, heir of the fallen House Targaryen, which once ruled all of Westeros, schemes to reclaim the throne with an army of barbarian Dothraki—whose loyalty he will purchase in the only coin left to him: his beautiful yet innocent sister, Daenerys.

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2) A Clash of Kings (Second in the Series of Game of Thrones Books)

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4) A Feast for Crows (Fourth in the Series of Game of Thrones Books)

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5) A Dance with Dragons (Fifth in the Series of Game of Thrones Books)

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6) The Winds of Winter (Sixth in the Series of Game of Thrones Books)

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From the moment Caitlin Clark entered Carver-Hawkeye Arena Thursday with a dramatic discard of her warmup garb, both the Iowa superstar and the sold-out, black-and-yellow crowd immediately looked toward the history books. 

Needing just eight points in Iowa's game against Michigan to surpass Kelsey Plum as the all-time leading scorer in DI women's basketball , the Carver-Hawkeye crowd crescendoed when Clark touched the ball, and the former Naismith winner performed her solo perfectly — Clark scored each of Iowa's first eight points, shattering Plum's record with a trademark, quick-trigger three-ball toeing the center-court logo. 

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But Clark's assault on the history books continued far beyond the opening few minutes, as in a career of exemplary performances, the senior offered possibly her best yet in Iowa's dominant 106-89 win over the Wolverines. 

Sharing the historic moment with her teammates, Clark flexed her standout facilitation skills with three straight assists to Hannah Stuelke after breaking the record. But with Clark's aura still very much on fire, she returned to her sweet-stroking ways with four more first-quarter threes of Herculean difficulty — Clark nailed an and-one three from the same cornfield she broke Plum's record, a deep bomb off the pick-and-roll and a step-back triple that left Michigan's defense looking for the North Star.

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The senior sensation finished the opening ten minutes with 23 points, including five made threes, as several personal records entered Clark's sightline.

Anticipatory tremors rumbled through Iowa City, as Clark entered the final six minutes of Thursday's game just two points away from her previous personal best (46) and the Iowa single-game scoring record (48). But three-straight swells from the home crowd fizzled into three dejected "aws" as each of Clark's attempts missed the mark.

Clark finally earned herself a trip to the line, and the career 86 percent free-throw shooter matched her personal best in a typically automatic fashion. Concerns about once again falling just short of school history quickly crumbled, as Clark drilled yet another three the very next possession to claim yet another slice of Iowa City immortality.

Her ninth triple of the afternoon also tied her record for three-point makes, and Clark exited the game to a standing ovation with 49 points, 13 assists and five boards, improving her career total to 3,569 points.

And while Clark's distribution stole the headlines last time out, becoming the sixth player to eclipse 1,000 assists, she wowed again Thursday, totaling 13 or more times for the eighth time in her career while continuing to scale the all-time leaderboard. Clark could realistically rise as high as fourth with a strong close to the season, and should she exhaust her final year of eligibility in 2025, would have a chance to dethrone Susie McConnell as the all-time assist leader. 

Iowa's win over Michigan also improves the Hawkeyes to 23-3 on the season, setting up a massive clash in Assembly Hall vs. No. 14 Indiana on Feb. 22. 

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George R.R. Martin began writing the Ice and Fire series as a collection of novellas published in various magazines. As the books became increasingly popular, the universe of Westeros expanded further. With the author exploring its history in greater depth, many of these books will now become television series. This article covers every Game of Thrones books written by George R. R. Martin.

All the books in “A Song Of Ice and Fire” series

A Song Of Ice and Fire is the basis of the Game of Thrones show, and it is still ongoing, with The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring yet to be released.

A Game of Thrones

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A Game of Thrones, written by George R.R. Martin, is the first book in the Song of Ice and Fire series. It established the signature formula of the Song of Ice and Fire series. Each chapter is through the perspective of a different character. The first chapter is from Bran Stark’s perspective. This is oddly fitting, as Bran eventually became the heir to the Seven Kingdoms at the end of the series.

The first book was most closely followed in the TV show adaptation of the series. It ended with Ned Stark’s beheading and the start of the War of the Five Kings. Though published in 1996, it wasn’t until 2001 that it became a New York Times bestseller. Furthermore, the novella Blood of the Dragon comprises the Daenerys Targaryen chapters from the novel. It won the 1997 Hugo Award for Best Novella.

Buy: A Game of Thrones

A Clash of Kings

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A Clash of Kings is the second of the novels in A Song of Ice and Fire, first published in 1998. In May 2005, Meisha Merlin released a much-delayed limited edition of the novel, fully illustrated by John Howe. Picking up the story where A Game of Thrones left off, A Clash of Kings follows the Seven Kingdoms plagued by civil war. The Night’s Watch mounts a reconnaissance force north of the Wall.

Daenerys Targaryen continues her quest to return to the Seven Kingdoms and claim her birthright. The civil war gets worse when the Greyjoys make their entrance. The novel won the Locus Award for Best Novel (Fantasy) in 1999, adapted for television by HBO as the second season of its successful adaptation.

Buy: A Clash of Kings

A Storm of Swords

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A Storm of Swords is the third novel in George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series. It follows the struggles of the Stark family as they fight to survive the civil war that has erupted in Westeros. Its publication was preceded by a novella called Path of the Dragon. It collects some of the Daenerys Targaryen chapters from the novel into a single book. At the time of its publication, A Storm of Swords was the longest novel in the series.

Due to its length, its paperback edition was split in half and published as Steel and Snow in June 2001 and Blood and Gold in August 2001. A Storm of Swords won the 2001 Locus Award and the 2002 Geffen Award for Best Novel and was nominated for the 2001 Nebula Award for Best Novel. The infamous Red Wedding that shocked so many viewers of the show occurred in this book.

Buy: A Storm of Swords

A Feast for Crows

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A Feast for Crows is the fourth n by George R. R. Martin. Due to the size of the manuscript, Martin and his publishers decided to split the narrative into two books. A Feast for Crows focuses mainly on southern Westeros. Rather than dividing the text chronologically, the material was split by plot location. It resulted in two novels taking place simultaneously with different casts of characters.

A Feast for Crows was the first novel in the series to debut at number one on The New York Times Best Seller list. This achievement was only previously achieved by Robert Jordan and Neil Gaiman.

Buy: A Feast for Crows

A Dance with Dragons

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A Dance with Dragons is the fifth novel of seven in the series A Song of Ice and Fire. In some areas, the paperback edition was published in two parts, titled Dreams and Dust and After the Feast. This novel was unique in that it was the only one in the series to be published during the eight-season run of the HBO adaptation of the series.

Buy: A Dance with Dragons

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Tales of Dunk and Egg

Tales of Dunk and Egg is a series of fantasy novellas by George R. R. Martin, set in the world of his A Song of Ice and Fire novels.

The Hedge Knight

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The stories follow the adventures of Ser Duncan the Tall, known as Dunk, and his squire, Aegon V Targaryen, nicknamed Egg. The series takes place some 90 years before the events of the Song of Ice and Fire novels. It begins with the death of a nomadic hedge knight, Ser Arlan of Pennytree.

Dunk takes up his armor, equipment, three horses, and the remaining money to win more gold at the town of Ashford. On his journey, Dunk finds a young boy, Egg, and takes him on as his own squire, unaware that Egg is actually a prince of the realm.

Buy: The Hedge Knight

The Sworn Sword

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The Sworn Sword is the second installment in George R. R. Martin’s Tales of Dunk & Egg series. It follows the story of the hedge knight Duncan the Tall and his squire Egg. It featured in the Legends II anthology series, with short stories from renowned authors such as Orson Scott Card and Neil Gaiman.

The novella focuses on the difficult path of chivalry in the Seven Kingdoms. Here, taking part in petty feuds and casual injustices is a part of what it means to be a sworn man.

The story occurs a year and a half after The Hedge Knight. It is during a time of great hardship in the Seven Kingdoms due to severe summer drought and the Great Spring Sickness. Dunk has sworn his sword to Ser Eustace Osgrey of Standfast in the Reach, an old knight who is still grieving the loss of his family and its ancient honors. The book references the historical event known as the Blackfyre Rebellion.

Buy: The Sworn Sword

The Mystery Knight

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The Mystery Knight is the third in the “Dunk and Egg” stories, set in the year 212 AC. It was published in 2010 as part of the Warriors anthology, edited by George R. R. Martin and Gardner Dozois.

The story follows Ser Duncan the Tall and Egg as they travel through the Riverlands on their way to the north to take up service with Lord Beron Stark. Along the way, they encounter a lord’s train led by Lord Gormon Peake of Starpike. The story follows their adventures as they attempt to fulfill their mission.

Buy: The Mystery Knight

You can also purchase A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms as it is a compilation of the above 3 novellas from the Tales of Dunk and Egg series.

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When King Viserys I Targaryen dies, his second wife, Queen Alicent, conspires to have their eldest son Prince Aegon crowned king. Viserys’ daughter and only surviving child, Crown Princess Rhaenyra, cannot inherit the Iron Throne. Despite being the king’s oldest child and heir apparent, Queen Alicent and her supporters declare Rhaenyra unfit to rule.

Due to her recent stillbirth, as well as her gender, they argue that she should be placed after Alicent’s male children in the line of succession. It was later expanded further in the 2018 novel Fire & Blood, as well as the television series House of the Dragon in 2022.

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The Rogue Prince

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Also known as A King’s Brother, it is a novelette written by George R. R. Martin and published in the 2014 Bantam Spectra anthology Rogues. Set in the continent of Westeros in Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series, it is set hundreds of years before the events of A Game of Thrones (1996).

At the end of King Jaehaerys I’s long reign, a succession crisis arises when his second son Baelon dies, leaving behind a daughter named Rhaenys. Despite the law that the elder brother’s children should come first, Viserys wins by twenty votes to one and becomes the rightful heir. On the old king’s death two years later, Viserys succeeds him on the Iron Throne.

The Sons of the Dragon

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The Sons of the Dragon takes place 270 years before the start of A Game of Thrones and follows the death of Aegon the Conqueror and his two sons. It details the conflicts between the two sons as they vie for the throne, and culminates in the death of Maegor. The story follows the life of Maegor’s successor and nephew, Jaehaerys, who reigned for 55 years as the ruler of the Seven Kingdoms.

Buy: The Book of Swords

The Rise of the Dragon

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The Rise of the Dragon: An Illustrated History of the Targaryen Dynasty, Volume One is a deluxe reference book about the history of House Targaryen, perfect for fans steeped in the lore of Westeros, as well as those meeting the Targaryens for the first time in the HBO series House of the Dragon. Written by George R. R. Martin in collaboration with Elio García and Linda Antonsson, the book features over 180 completely new illustrations.

It covers the same material as the first volume of Fire & Blood but rewritten in a more encyclopedic style, similar to The World of Ice & Fire. For readers familiar with Fire & Blood, The Rise of the Dragon is primarily an art book. However, some new visual details are part of the canon, such as the colors of the Targaryen dragons.

Buy: The Rise of the Dragon

Fire & Blood

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Fire & Blood takes the form of a scholarly treatise about the Targaryen dynasty. It is written by a historian in A Song of Ice and Fire, Archmaester Gyldayn. It contains illustrations by Doug Wheatley. The book tells the history of House Targaryen, the dynasty that ruled the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros. Gyldayn cites various fictional primary sources for the historical events he describes. The accounts sometimes conflict, reflecting medieval historiography, thus making Gyldayn an unreliable narrator.

The Rise of the Dragon is a companion book by George R. R. Martin, Elio M. García Jr., and Linda Antonsson, which was released on October 25, 2022. It provides an in-depth look at the history of House Targaryen, from Aegon Targaryen’s conquest of Westeros to the Dance of the Dragons’ civil war. In contrast to Fire & Blood, Martin described The Rise of the Dragon as being written in a more encyclopedic style similar to The World of Ice & Fire. This book is sure to be a must-have for any fan of the Targaryen dynasty.

Buy: Fire & Blood

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The wit and wisdom of tyrion lannister.

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The Wit and Wisdom of Tyrion Lannister is a collection of wicked one-liners from the Imp of Casterly Rock, illustrated by Jonty Clark. Tyrion Lannister often referred to as Halfman, has a sharp wit and golden tongue, which have saved him from many precarious situations. This unique illustrated volume preserves his most essential knowledge for future generations. It features time-tested guidance on such varied subjects as politics, love, and more.

Buy: The Wit and Wisdom of Tyrion Lannister

The World of Ice & Fire

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The World of Ice & Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones is a companion book for George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire fantasy series. Published by Bantam, the 326-page volume is an illustrated compendium of Martin’s fictional world. Written from the perspective of an in-world Maester, it features newly written material and artwork.

The format of The World of Ice & Fire is designed to replicate a “real history book” in which sources can contradict each other. Martin worked closely with the artists to render the characters and locales as he himself imagined them. It is opposed to how they may be portrayed in HBO’s Game of Thrones series and other media, such as comic books and games. Martin, Elio M. García Jr, and Linda Antonsson wrote the book.

Buy: The World of Ice & Fire

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Game of Thrones Books In Order

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Game of Thrones is the TV adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s book series A Song of Ice and Fire. The title of the TV show was taken from the title of the first book in the series.

Martin intended the series to be a trilogy, but he now plans on writing seven books. Five books have already been published and he is working on the 6th right now. The 6th book is set to be called The Winds of Winter.

Where are the books set?

The books are set in the fictional world of Westeros and Essos. The books start with a war between families, also called houses, for the control of the Iron Throne. Westeros is protected by a wall, which keeps the evils from beyond the wall from joining the war for the iron throne. The other side of the wall is home to supernatural evils that are collectively named the others. The wall is protected by the men of the Nights Watch.

In the books, there are nine houses that are in the main fight for the iron throne and the control of Westeros. Each of the nine houses have control of areas in Westeros but they want the full control of the whole of the land.

These houses are:

* Lannister

* Baratheon

* Targaryen

Over the course of the books, they all form allegiances with each other through marriages of the young and promises of land, should they win the war. There are also the wildlings and other supernatural beings who live beyond the wall and want to fight for their stake in Westeros.

The Regions of Westeros

Westeros is a massive place and it is split into nine regions – The North, The Vale, The Riverlands, The Iron Islands, The Westerlands, The Reach, The Stormlands, The Crownlands and Dorne. It is no coincidence that there are nine regions and nine main houses that are all fighting for full control.

To fully understand the brilliance of the books, the readers must know the back-story. Before the first book, and thousands of years before the story picks up, the Kingdoms of Westeros were united under the Targaryen Dynasty. They ruled because they had the power of Dragons, until they were extinct. Fourteen years before the first book, the Targaryan dynesty was defeated by a rebellion led by Robert Baratheon, who then became king. The first novel, Game of Thrones picks up as King Robert is about to die, and thus starts the fight for the throne.

Perspectives in the books

The books are told through the eyes of several characters. Each time the chapter changes, the perspective changes as well. The titles of the chapters are the names of the characters, so it is easy to know what is going on. There are several plotlines going on in each novel and some of them end up intertwining,

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In this book, there are three stories that will carry on throughout the whole series.

The first novel introduces the readers to the characters and the land of Westeros. It is told that King Robert is about to die and his young son Joffrey is going to take his place on the throne.

Throughout the book it is found that Joffrey is not his son afterall, He is the son of Cersei and Jamie Lannister who are having an incestuous relationship. In fact, non of Robert’s children are his own. Upon finding this out, Ned Stark, of House Stark and the Hand of the King (Robert) is executed for treason and Robert’s brothers Stannis and Renley indicate that they should have a claim to the throne.

Following Joffrey becoming King, some Kingdoms want independence from the Iron Throne and they proclaim self-rule. Ned’s eldest son becomes King of the North and Balon Greyjoy becomes King of the Iron Islands. Thus starting the War of the Five Kings.

Second Story

This story is to do with the wall and the Nights Watch. The Nights Watch is a brotherhood of men who forsake all others for the sake of their oath to protect the wall from the others. Jon Snow, the bastard Son of Ned Stark joins the Nights Watch in this story and they are mostly protecting Westeros from the human wildlings. In later novels, they will have to fight more supernatural elements.

Third Story

The third story surrounds Daenerys Targaryen, she is the last known living descendent of the Targaryens who used to rule Westeros and is set in Essos. She does have a brother, but he doesn’t last long and she is then tasked with building an army so that she can fight for what she believes is her right to the Iron Throne.

The books were released quietly and didn’t make many headlines, but now they have sold millions of copies worldwide. The fourth and fifth novels have reached number one on The New York Times best sellers list and all the books have been been adapted for TV and there is a comic book series.

The TV show is called Game of Thrones, as mentioned above. It was bought by HBO and it first aired in 2009 despite the options being sold in 2007. The show has been a critical hit all over the world and it is now in it’s third season. Each season is supposed to correspond with one of the books but the books are massive, so season 3 had to be split in half and season 4 is supposed to cover the end of book 4 and the beginning of book 4.

The TV show does stick to what happens in the books, it is not like The Walking Dead TV show, which has now diverged from the comics. With the books being so long, not everything that happens in the books, happen in the TV Show, but everything in the show, is in the book.

Martin says that writing each book takes a very long time, partly because he does not want to upset the fans and because he wants it to be perfect. The TV show is soon to catch up with the books but he indicates that he plans to have book six complete before the TV show catches up. He also says that he has told the writers of the TV shows, David Benioff and D.B Weiss, his plans for the following books and the end of the story altogether, just incase he dies before he finishes the books, since he is in his mid 60s and he took 6 years to write one book.

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Here's How to Read Every Game of Thrones Book

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In the meantime, why not dig into the source material for one of HBO's biggest fantasy shows? There's more characters, plotlines, settings, and history than a television show can present. Plus, once you become a Westeros expert, you'll have fun spotting all the easter eggs in the prequel series, calling back to little tidbits the books probably have pages and pages of context on. There's a whole world of Game of Thrones content out there, you just have to pick up a book to see it.

So where do you start? There's currently five ( five! ) main Game of Thrones books out right now, and two more are on the way. Plus, there's a prequel book, which is what House of Dragon is based on. Each book is a doorstopper (seriously, book five is over 1,000 pages), so you'll want to clear your schedule to get through them all. Scroll down below for all the Game of Thrones books currently out, the order to read them in, and information about what each book covers.

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Fire & Blood (Game of Thrones Prequel)

The book covers major Targaryen conquests, plus the history of all the notable descendants, whose actions influence the first novel A Song of Ice and Fire .

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A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1)

The first book in the actual A Song of Ice and Fire series follows nine perspectives (including Jon Snow, the Stark family, and Daenaerys) and introduces readers to Westeros and Essos.

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A Clash of Kings (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 2)

Season two of Game of Thrones consists of munch in A Clash of Kings . Here, Joffrey takes the throne and the War of the Five Kings begins. Jon Snow meets the Wildlings, and Daenarys takes her three newly hatched dragons to Qarth.

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A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3)

A Storm of Swords has much of its content spread over season three, four and five of the television show. In the third book, the War of the Five Kings escalates and famously includes the Red Wedding (which on Game of Thrones , almost included Martin himself ) .

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A Feast for Crows (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 4)

Much of A Feast For Crows appears in season five of Game of Thrones . Arya Stark begins training with the mysterious Faceless Men, the War of the Five Kings draws to a close, and both Jaime Lannister and Brienne of Tarth begin their search for Sansa Stark.

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A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 5)

Here, Bran meets the Three-Eyed Raven , Theon Greyjoy is tortured by Ramsey Bolton, Jon Snow is killed after a mutiny at the Watch, and Tyrion Lannister is smuggled out of King's Landing. And that's just a few of the characters in this doorstopper of a book.

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A Song of Ice and Fire Series

Of course, you can also just buy 'em all together.

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A Song of Ice and Fire isn't anywhere near finished. Game of Thrones far surpassed the content in the ongoing series, but George R.R. Martin has promised the series will end far differently than how it did in the show. As soon as we get more news on The Winds of Winter , the next book in the series, we'll update this space.

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Images of Taylor Swift that had been generated by artificial intelligence and had spread widely across social media in late January probably originated as part of a recurring challenge on one of the internet’s most notorious message boards , according to a new report.

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Graphika, a research firm that studies disinformation, traced the images back to one community on 4chan, a message board known for sharing hate speech, conspiracy theories and, increasingly, racist and offensive content created using A.I.

The people on 4chan who created the images of the singer did so in a sort of game, the researchers said — a test to see whether they could create lewd (and sometimes violent) images of famous female figures.

The synthetic Swift images spilled out onto other platforms and were viewed millions of times . Fans rallied to Ms. Swift’s defense, and lawmakers demanded stronger protections against A.I.-created images.

Graphika found a thread of messages on 4chan that encouraged people to try to evade safeguards set up by image generator tools, including OpenAI’s DALL-E, Microsoft Designer and Bing Image Creator. Users were instructed to share “tips and tricks to find new ways to bypass filters” and were told, “Good luck, be creative.”

Sharing unsavory content via games allows people to feel connected to a wider community, and they are motivated by the cachet they receive for participating, experts said. Ahead of the midterm elections in 2022, groups on platforms like Telegram, WhatsApp and Truth Social engaged in a hunt for election fraud, winning points or honorary titles for producing supposed evidence of voter malfeasance. (True proof of ballot fraud is exceptionally rare .)

In the 4chan thread that led to the fake images of Ms. Swift, several users received compliments — “beautiful gen anon,” one wrote — and were asked to share the prompt language used to create the images. One user lamented that a prompt produced an image of a celebrity who was clad in a swimsuit rather than nude.

Rules posted by 4chan that apply sitewide do not specifically prohibit sexually explicit A.I.-generated images of real adults.

“These images originated from a community of people motivated by the ‘challenge’ of circumventing the safeguards of generative A.I. products, and new restrictions are seen as just another obstacle to ‘defeat,’” Cristina López G., a senior analyst at Graphika, said in a statement. “It’s important to understand the gamified nature of this malicious activity in order to prevent further abuse at the source.”

Ms. Swift is “far from the only victim,” Ms. López G. said. In the 4chan community that manipulated her likeness, many actresses, singers and politicians were featured more frequently than Ms. Swift.

OpenAI said in a statement that the explicit images of Ms. Swift were not generated using its tools, noting that it filters out the most explicit content when training its DALL-E model. The company also said it uses other safety guardrails, such as denying requests that ask for a public figure by name or seek explicit content.

Microsoft said that it was “continuing to investigate these images” and added that it had “strengthened our existing safety systems to further prevent our services from being misused to help generate images like them.” The company prohibits users from using its tools to create adult or intimate content without consent and warns repeat offenders that they may be blocked.

Fake pornography generated with software has been a blight since at least 2017, affecting unwilling celebrities , government figures , Twitch streamers , students and others. Patchy regulation leaves few victims with legal recourse; even fewer have a devoted fan base to drown out fake images with coordinated “Protect Taylor Swift” posts.

After the fake images of Ms. Swift went viral, Karine Jean-Pierre, the White House press secretary, called the situation “alarming” and said lax enforcement by social media companies of their own rules disproportionately affected women and girls. She said the Justice Department had recently funded the first national helpline for people targeted by image-based sexual abuse, which the department described as meeting a “rising need for services” related to the distribution of intimate images without consent. SAG-AFTRA , the union representing tens of thousands of actors, called the fake images of Ms. Swift and others a “theft of their privacy and right to autonomy.”

Artificially generated versions of Ms. Swift have also been used to promote scams involving Le Creuset cookware . A.I. was used to impersonate President Biden’s voice in robocalls dissuading voters from participating in the New Hampshire primary election. Tech experts say that as A.I. tools become more accessible and easier to use, audio spoofs and videos with realistic avatars could be created in mere minutes.

Researchers said the first sexually explicit A.I. image of Ms. Swift on the 4chan thread appeared on Jan. 6, 11 days before they were said to have appeared on Telegram and 12 days before they emerged on X. 404 Media reported on Jan. 25 that the viral Swift images had jumped into mainstream social media platforms from 4chan and a Telegram group dedicated to abusive images of women. The British news organization Daily Mail reported that week that a website known for sharing sexualized images of celebrities posted the Swift images on Jan. 15.

For several days, X blocked searches for Taylor Swift “with an abundance of caution so we can make sure that we were cleaning up and removing all imagery,” said Joe Benarroch, the company’s head of business operations.

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With a 16-year run of stories spanning planets, millennia, and alternate timelines, World of Warcraft has one of the most complicated and deep mythologies in all of gaming. It can be hard to parse everything that's going on just by reading through quests and talking with NPCs, and the latest expansion, World of Warcraft: Shadowlands , makes things even more complicated by bringing players to the realm of the dead where they're interacting with deceased characters from past games.

If you want a better understanding of the setting and the characters that live there you might want to check out some of the tie-in novels. Here's the list of all of them in order and links to where you can buy them. The first novel was published in 2001 and it and some of the others are out of print and can only be purchases used or as part of compilations. This is a hefty reading list, but it's full of thrills spanning demonic invasions, cataclysms, and endless wars.

The very first World of Warcraft novel tells the story of the paladin Tirion Fordring who comes to question his beliefs that the Orcs are his enemies. The book's been out of print for a while so your best bet is to find it as part of more recent WarCraft archive.

Read the first five World of Warcraft novels in this collection, which serves as a perfect introduction to the complex world of Azeroth and the many forces fighting to control it.

The Mage Rhonin travels into the Orc-controlled lands of Khaz Modan and uncovers a vast conspiracy that endangers all of Azeroth. The book is written by Richard A. Knaak, who has also penned novels set in the worlds of Diablo, Dragonlance, and Conan.

Learn about the Dragon Queen Alexstrasza in this novel following a conspiracy involving the mad dragon Deathwing and his efforts to manipulate both the Horde and Alliance.

Horde players will enjoy reading the story of the first warchief Thrall, who was raised by humans as a slave but broke free of his bondage. This is the first of more than a dozen World of Warcraft and StarCraft novels written by Christie Golden.

The novel tells the story of Thrall based on the plot of the cancelled Blizzard game Warcraft Adventures: Lord of the Clans.

The novel tells the story of Medivh, one of the Guardians of Tirisfal bestowed with godlike powers to wage a secret war against the Burning Legion. Author Jeff Grubb has also written books in Dungeons & Dragons' Draglonlance and Forgotten Realms settings.

The Guardian Medivh is tainted by darkness and his struggle to overcome that evil could determine the fate of Azeroth.

The first novel in the War of the Ancients trilogy follows the dragon mage Krasus, the human wizard Rhonin, and the orc veteran Broxigar as they team up to try to convince the demigod Cenarius and the Night Elves to help them. If they can't, the Burning Legion will be able to invade Azeroth again.

Follow time traveling heroes with their own motivations who become unlikely allies in the quest to reveal a terrible treachery that could bring an old enemy back.

The War of the Ancients continues with the young Night Elf druid Malfurion Stormrage teaming up with Krasus to fight back the Burning Legion. They get some unexpected help from the leader of the dragons, Neltharion, and the titular artifact which may be able to banish the demonic invaders forever.

Before he was called Deathwing, the Black Dragon Aspect Neltharion led the other dragons by forging a powerful weapon in the fight against the Burning Legion.

The War of the Ancients trilogy concludes with Malfurion and Krasus gathering allies among the dwarves, tauren, and furbolg to fight back the Burning Legion. The events of this novel led to the Great Sundering of Azeroth, dividing it into the continents found in the game.

With the demonlord Archimonde leading the Burning Legion to conqueur most of Kalimdor, a battle uniting the various races of Azeroth will reshape the world forever.

With the Burning Legion defeated, Thrall and the powerful mage Lady Jaina Proudmore must work together to stop the continent of Kalimdor from being pulled into a new war. Author Keith R.A. DeCandido has also written books based on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Star Trek, and Marvel Comics.

The tentative peace between the humans and orcs of Kalimdor is in danger and the quest to avoid letting old enmities rage again leads to the discovery of a legendary, long-lost wizard and a secret about the world of Azeroth.

Learn about the origins of the orcs, who lived in harmony with the draenei in the world of Draenor before they were corrupted by the demonlord Kil'jaeden. It's a plot that's also explored through The Burning Crusade and Warlords of Draenor World of Warcraft expansions.

The book introduces plot elements integrated into The Burning Crusade expansion, answering questions about the corruption of the orcs and the massacre that led the draenei to flee their home.

Explore the origins of both the Horde and Alliance as the champion of Stormwind Anduin Lothar helps united the human nations while a new orcish leader sets his sights on conquering all of Azeroth. Author Aaron Rosenberg has also penned books based on Star Trek, Stargate: Atlantis, and Warhammer.

The novelization of the events of Warcraft II follows Anduin Lothar as he tries to unite humans, elves, and dwarves to fight against the orcs that destroyed the nation of Stormwind.

The orc shaman Ner'zhul has taken control of the Horde and reopened the Dark Portal, bringing his warriors from the ruined world of Draenor to Azeroth. Now the archmage Khadgar must lead the Alliance through the portal to save both worlds.

The novelization of the events of Warcraft II: Beyond the Dark Portal follows the fight by humans, elves, and dwarves against the orc shaman Ner'zhul as he invades Azeroth.

The follow-up to Day of the Dragon returns to Grim Batol with the dragon mage Krasus facing a new growing darkness. The novel provides insights into the events leading to the Wrath of the Lich King expansion and was originally released just days after the game came out.

While the captive dragons of Grim Batol were freed in Day of the Dragon, a new threat has arrived in the form of the twilight dragonflight and Deathwing's consort Sinestra.

Arthas is one of the most iconic characters in all of Warcraft, and Christie Golden gives him the same treatment she did Thrall in Lord of the Clans. The plot combines elements of Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne and Wrath of the Lich King.

Follow Arthas as child, a young prince in love, and a knight in search of vengeance as the noble hero becomes one of Azeroth's most terrible villains.

The archdruid Malfurion Stormrage has become trapped within the Emerald Nightmare, a corrupted area within the mysterious realm of the Emerald Dream. The novel follows the quest to find and free him before Azeroth is consumed by horrors.

People throughout Azeroth are afflicted with terrible nightmares and some aren't able to wake up. Chief among the victims is the druid Malfurion Stormrage, and heroes must venture into the realm of dream to save him.

The prelude to the events of the Cataclysm expansion kicks off with Thrall realizing that the elementals of Azeroth will not longer obey him and trying to learn why while still protecting his people from the increasingly hostile Night Elves. Tensions are again growing between the Horde and Alliance, but something even worse is coming.

Azeroth's future is uncertain as the very land seems to be under terrible strain and the king of the Alliance considers going to war.

The direct sequel to The Shattering follows Thrall as he works with other shamans to try to hold Azeroth together following Deathwing's devastating attack on the planet. Thrall must help the great dragonflights unite against their fallen breatheren or a terrible future awaits.

Thrall has given up leading the Horde to try to protect all of Azeroth and he must come to terms with his new life by traveling through time.

Continuing the story of Cataclysm, Wolfheart follows the growing conflict between the Alliance and Horde as acting warchief Garrosh Hellscream presses into Ashenvale. The book also provides plenty of backstory on the Worgen of Gilneas and how they are integrated into the Alliance.

The Night Elves were once immortal but as they begin to succumb to old age, they must also deal with the potential reintegration of Highborne. Meanwhile, King Varian Wynn threatens to unravel the Alliance itself because of his grudge against the leader of the Worgen.

The mage Jaina Proudmore tries to prevent war between the Horde and Alliance in this continuation of the story of Cataclysm, but Garosh Hellscream is planning to invade her city, Theramore. Jaina works with the former Blue Dragon Aspect Kalecgos to investigate a theft of an artifact.

While it tells the story of Catacylsm, the events of this book are key to understanding the role its title character plays in the expansion Battle for Azeroth.

The Dragon Aspects needed to give up their power to defeat Deathwing and now they struggle to find purpose. Kalecgos journeys to Northrend to learn about the history of the original aspects and all of dragonkind.

Travel into the past of Azeroth to see how savage proto-dragons gained the power to overcome a terrible foe.

The story of World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria kicks off with the troll leader facing an assassination attempt by Garrosh Hellscream but being rescued by a Pandaren brewmaster. As he fights to recover alongside a mysterious human, he must grapple with the old struggles between the Alliance and Horde.

Vol'jin must decide between joining the Zandalari invasion of Pandaria or his loyalty to the Horde after the warchief tries to kill him.

Tying into the events of the Warlords of Draenor expansion, the novel follows the trial of Garrosh Hellscream, who has been stripped of the title of warchief of the Horde. Agents of the Bronze Dragonflight use their time manipulating powers to present visions of the attrocities he has committed.

The bloodthirsty warchief Garrosh Hellscream has been captured and stripped of his title, but his story isn't over yet.

Tying in to the Legion expansion, the novel follows Illidan Stormrage as he prepares to confront the Burning Legion in Outland by uniting orcs, naga, blood elves, and demon hunters. Author William King is a devoted MMO player who's also written Warhammer books.

Illidan Stormrage and his demon hunters are free once again, but not everyone believes that he's really trying to save Azeroth.

Leading up to the events of Battle for Azeroth, Before the Storm follows the race between the Alliance and the Horde to capitalize on the newly discovered resource, Azerite. But using the material revealed by the sword of the fallen titan Sargeras endangers the entire planet.

The Alliance king Anduin Wynn and Horde Warchief Sylvannas Windrunner are both new to their positions and their leadership is tested as they fight to control a new material with terrible power.

The prequel to World of Warcraft: Shadowlands follows Sylvannas' betrayal of the Horde as the rest of the faction's leaders form a council rather than choosing a new warchief. The new leadership must immediately confront the threats of multiple assassination attempts.

Agents of the Banshee Queen attempt to kill the loa of death, Bwonsamdi, and the Zandalari queen Talanji must try to save them and protect the horde from the machinations of their former leader.

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