The wait for season three is over! HBO’s adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s epic fantasy series has returned with new episodes.
The anticipation for the new season has increased each time HBO released a teaser trailer (five of them!) or piece of news (Diana Rigg joins the cast!). Season three, loosely based on the first half of Book 3, A Storm of Swords, promises more of the action, intrigue, romance (and dragons!) we’ve come to expect from this series.
Now don’t get me wrong: Martin’s fans know how to wait, and waiting for the show to return is nothing compared to waiting for the books. While the first few books of the series were released just a couple of years apart, five years elapsed between Books 3 and 4 and Book 5 took another six years. While awaiting the next installment, fans pass the time guessing if Book 6 (The Winds of Winter) will take seven years or if the cycle will return to five years or less. Granted, some of that time is also spent preparing medieval feasts, creating lifelike dioramas, and shopping online for Game of Thrones shot glasses and adorable figurines.
Martin recently posted on his blog a list of reading recommendations to keep fans busy until the winds of winter start to blow. This list includes fantasy classics from such authors as Ursula K. Le Guin and Robert E. Howard, exciting contemporary fantasy series like Daniel Abraham’s Long Price Quartet and Patrick Rothfuss’s Kingkiller Chronicle, along with some other titles I didn’t expect (Watership Down?). He also includes some authors of historical fiction: Bernard Cornwell, Cecilia Howard, and many others.
We’ve added many of Martin’s selections to our “If you like Game of Thrones” online booklist, which is just one of many booklists available online. In addition to Martin's picks, you'll find a bunch of other great epic fantasy novels. With over fifty titles to choose from, it should keep you busy for as long as it takes.