George R.R. Martin Has Called This Book Series “The Original ‘Game of Thrones’”

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You have borderline too-strong feelings on who should end up on the Iron Throne. You tear up at the mere mention of the Red Wedding. You’ve even thought about what you'd name your dragons. You’re a certified Game of Thrones fanatic.

To sate your Westeros cravings until the new (and final) season comes out, why not pick up the book series George R.R. Martin himself has called, "The original Game of Thrones"?

The Iron King by Maurice Druon is the first book in the seven-book Accursed Kings series, which Martin has said inspired him to write A Song of Ice and Fire.

Published between 1955 and 1977, the series is set during the reigns of the last five kings of the Capetian dynasty and the first two kings of the House of Valois in France. This first book begins as the French King Philip the Fair, already surrounded by scandal and intrigue, brings a curse upon his family when he persecutes the Knights Templar.

Scandal? Intrigue? Fierce power struggles? Oh yeah, this will definitely do until April 14.

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