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As the eighth season of HBO's Game of Thrones reached its end, you may have been shocked to see who now sits upon the Iron Thro...oh wait. Before we spoil the saga of the Starks, Targaryens and Lannisters for those yet initiated, we urge you to remember the most important thing...the books are always better.

If you've never watched, or want to rewatch your favorite battles and shocking moments all you need is your library card to reserve and borrow every episode of every season from BCLS.

This is also a great time to read or re-read the books. Author George R. R. Martin has promised fans that A Song of Ice and Fire, the epic fantasy series that inspired the show, will be a seven-book series. Unfortunately, only five of the books have been published, and Martin has not released a publication date for the sixth and seventh books.

If you’ve already completed the novels, you can learn about the history of House Targaryen in Martin’s newest release, Fire and Blood. It’s the first of a two-part series that focuses on the last remaining family of dragonlords. The World of Ice and Fire is another great book that’s loaded with history and previously unpublished facts about Westeros. Check out the graphic novels for even more content that you won’t find in the show or novels.

If you enjoy the writing style of George R. R. Martin and you’re looking for something to pass the time while you wait for the next great show to start, check out one of his other titles:

Many of these titles are also available as digital loans through Libby.