George R.R. Martin Books in Order

Rarely have there been as many changes to a fantasy series (or any kind of series, for that matter) as in the order of Geore R. R. Martin books for A Song of Ice and Fire. When he released the first book – A Game of Thrones [1996], he envisioned it to be part of a trilogy: A Game of Thrones, A Dance With Dragons, and The Winds of Winter. Yet two other books followed A Game of Thrones, namely A Clash of Kings [1999] and A Storm of Swords [2000]. Eventually Martin decided to split the fourth book, leading to the release of A Feast for Crows [2005]. Finally, A Dance with Dragons [2011] made its appearance in 2011 as the fifth book in the series. To date, two other books – The Winds of Winter [forthcoming] and A Dream of Spring [forthcoming] – are slated as the sixth and seventh novels, respectively. However, Martin will not confirm or deny the possibility of an eighth book.

More frustrating than the growing number of books is the growing number of years between the releases of the latest novels. As HBO’s A Game of Thrones come to a close, fans are again left bereft of entertainment at par with Martin’s bestselling fantasy. However, avid readers can still turn towards Martin’s other fantasy novels.

The order of George R. R. Martin books:

Dying of the Light [1977]

Dirk T Larien is summoned by his former lover, Gwen Delvano, to a world called Worlorn. Here Dirk finds that Gwen is no longer the same woman he knew and loved – and she is now bound to another man. What follows is a dark and lonely tale in a dying world.

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Windhaven (with Lisa Tuttle) [1981]

This is the story of one woman’s quest to fly despite being born “land-bound” in the world of Windhaven. She will stop at nothing to achieve her dreams and bring hope to the land-bound, even if it means the upheaval of their ancient traditions.

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Fevre Dream [1982]

Abner Marsh could not resist an offer of gold and a new boat to help revive his dilapidated fleet – even it means traversing the Mississippi with a haunting, wealthy aristocrat named Joshua York. Make no mistake, this is a vampire novel, but one that portrays the beauty and horrors of humanity and immortality as only George R. R. Martin can.

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The Armageddon Rag [1983]

Sandy Blair rediscovers his roots as a 60’s hippie as he investigates a murder involving the once legendary rock band, Nazgûl. Fans of Stephen King and of the music industry are sure to enjoy this book.

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Dead Man’s Hand (with John J. Miller) [1990]

This is the seventh book in a series about a world forever changed by the “wild card virus”. It is a fast-paced action/adventure novel rife with detective work and violence.

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A Song of Ice and Fire Books [1996-?]:

    • A Game of Thrones [1996]

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    • A Clash of Kings [1999]

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    • A Storm of Swords [2000]

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    • A Feast for Crows [2005]

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    • A Dance with Dragons [2011]

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    • The Winds of Winter [forthcoming]
    • A Dream of Spring [forthcoming]

Shadow Twin (with Gardner Dozois and Daniel Abraham) [2005]

This is a short science fiction novel about a man who is captured by aliens and forced to hunt down another human.

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Hunter’s Run (with Gardner Dozois & Daniel Abraham) [2008]

This novel serves as the full-length version of Shadow’s Twin and expands on the main protagonist’s quest of self-discovery in a world dominated by alien species.

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While all these books have received good reviews and high praise for Martin’s writing style, none come close to the theme or scale of A Song of Ice and Fire books. Readers seeking other good fantasy reads on the order of George R. R. Martin’s books, particularly those at par with A Game of Thrones, would do well to try Scott Bakker’s Prince of Nothing series, Tad William’s Shadowmarch, and Steven Erikson’s The Malazan Book of the Fallen.

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