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The Ultimate Game of Thrones Book Buyer’s Guide

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If you want to know everything there is to know about Westeros and Essos, then you’ll have to read more than the currently published A Song of Ice and Fire novels. There are several books that occur “in world” with ASOIAF, written or co-written by George RR Martin himself. So read everything listed below, and you’ll be all caught up. I’ve even included product links to make it easier for you. So whether you’re a Game of Thrones fan, or just buying for one, you’ll find everything you need right here.

We’ve split this guide into three sections: canon, the gray area, and other.

What does Canon mean?

Canon refers to officially sanctioned work. In the world of literature, it separates a novel sequel from, say, fan fiction you wrote last Tuesday and posted online.

*Note: The TV Show is NOT canon

Canon aka What’s Official in the World of A Game of Thrones

The Five Published ASOIAF Novels

A Game of Thrones

A Clash of Kings

A Storm of Swords

A Feast for Crows

A Dance with Dragons


Box Sets


Mass Market

Leather Bound

The Dunk and Egg Novellas


The Hedge Knight

The Sworn Sword

The Mystery Knight



*A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms is a compilation of the three Dunk and Egg novellas.

The Other Official Books

The World of Ice and Fire

The Rouge Prince
(found within the Rouges compilation)

The Princess and the Queen
(found within the Dangerous Women compilation)

The Gray Area

GRRM is involved in a lot of spinoff works that may of may not be “canon”. You’ll find them listed below.

General In-World Books by GRRM

The Wit and Wisdom of Tyrion Lannister

The Official Game of Thrones Adult Coloring Book

The Lands of Ice and Fire

A Feast of Ice and Fire: The Official Game of Thrones Cookbook

The Graphic Novels

A Game of Thrones
Part 1

A Game of Thrones
Part 2

A Game of Thrones
Part 3

A Game of Thrones
Part 4

The Hedge Knight

The Sword Sword

The Ice Dragon

A Few Final Notes about “Canon”

There are several other places to pick up tidbits of George RR Martin sanctioned content, ranging from mobile apps to author interviews, to video games. Sometimes it’s debatable how “official” the content is. Sometime it isn’t. For details, see this wikia article.

Also, GRRM has released several chapters from the as yet unpublished The Winds of Winter. You can read all of them here.

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