Despite the underwhelming end, and incredible backlash from fans, there is no doubt that Game of Thrones will go down as one of the greatest TV shows ever. Its unique world, complex characters, and cutthroat story lines struck a balance between realism and fantasy that made fans fall in love from episode one.
The genius behind it all is, of course, George R. R. Martin, whose Song of Ice and Fire book series is what the show was based on. There are currently five books that make up the saga, including two so big they have been broken into two parts each, and two more planned for the future to complete the story.
Martin has been called the American Tolkien, and has brought to life one of the most popular fantasy franchises ever. Since the show has followed the course of the books loosely to say the least, there is so much more written in the pages than can be seen on the screen.
Though he is a famously slow writer, releasing A Game of Thrones all the way back in 1996, and having no release date yet for The Winds of Winter, Martin's fans have stuck by him and have never lost any excitement or enthusiasm for the legendary series.
While there are many additional books to this saga, this list will focus solely on the main series from A Game of Thrones through to A Dance With Dragons.
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