Droughtlander suggestions: Read A Song of Ice and Fire while you wait for Outlander

A Song of Ice and Fire is our Droughtlander book suggestion this week

Droughtlander is long and hard this time. We’re eagerly anticipating both Outlander Season 6 and the ninth novel “Tell the Bees That I Am Gone.” You’re still looking for suggestions to get through the break, and “A Song of Ice and Fire” is next on our list.

Each week, we’re offering Droughtlander suggestions. Mondays is all about TV shows or movies, Wednesdays is all about books, and Fridays is all about podcasts. So, it’s the book suggestion today.

“A Song of Ice and Fire” is also known as the Game of Thrones books, written by George R.R. Martin. It has been adapted into a TV show, but we’re not focusing on that just now. It’s all about the series.

About A Song of Ice and Fire

The Game of Thrones books have been around since the 1990s. Inspired loosely by real British history, we have a tale of various Houses in the land of Westeros. Next to Westeros is Essos, which quickly becomes important because of the Targaryen family.

For the last 19 years, Westeros has been united with King Robert Baratheon on the throne. However, there are threats to his reign, especially from the Targaryen family, who he usurped the throne from.

Then there are other House rivalries, with the biggest one definitely being the Starks vs. the Lannisters. There’s also the story of the Wall and what lies north of that. Clue: There are a few undead creatures walking around that threaten the whole of life on the planet. Not everyone is willing to believe in the ghost stories, though.

There are five books in the series so far. George R.R. Martin is (very slowly) working on the sixth book. We haven’t heard too much about it for a long time, though. Will it ever happen? We’ll just have to wait and see. However, you have five books to work your way through and you can always jump to the TV show to get a rough idea of how it all ends.

Season 8: Sophie Turner.
photo: Helen Sloane/HBO

Why Outlander fans should read the Game of Thrones series

What makes “A Song of Ice and Fire” a good option for Droughtlander? Part of it definitely comes from the fact that it’s a longer series. The books are about as long as each Outlander book, if not a little longer. This will certainly keep you occupied for a while.

There is plenty of detail in the chapters, which is also similar to the Outlander books. The slight difference is hearing stories from different points of view. In the Game of Thrones stories, we get chapters from different characters, telling us events from other parts of the world and the actual thoughts of the main characters. It opens the world up in a way that I find the first couple of books in the Outlander series lacking.

If history and political intrigue with the Jacobite rebellion and the American Revolutionary War is something that pulled you into Outlander, you’ll want to check out “A Song of Ice and Fire.” The books are focused on a House rivalries, a fight for the Iron Throne, and the threat of an external force. The good guys don’t always win, reminding you that history doesn’t always have a happy ending.

Then there is the magic involved. While our series as time travel and some healing magic (maybe more), the Game of Thrones books has dragons, white walkers, the ability to see through the eyes of animals, and much more. It’s a world filled with mystery and intrigue.

Even if you’ve watched the series, you’ll want to check out the books.

Next: Droughtlander suggestions: Why you need to read The Last Kingdom

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