So my friend Aimal is hosting a Game of Thrones inspired adult fantasy readathon next month, and of course I have to participate! Fantasy is one of my fav genres and I’ve been loving adult fantasy books a lot recently, so this is both a fun event to participate in and an excuse to get myself to finally read all the fantasy books I’ve been gathering in my tbr pile. To learn more about the readathon, called IronTomeAThon (how cool is that?!), you can check out Aimal’s announcement post over on her blog, here! Header credit also goes to her.
Winter is coming.
The House I’ve chosen is of course House Stark. House Stark has always been my favourite house in Game of Thrones, and I’m a loyal fan of all the Stark characters. The Starks are the ones I always see myself in and the ones who parallel me the most irl, whether it’s me as an individual or my people, so I didn’t even have to think twice about which house to join. #HouseStark it is!
For IronTomeAThon, Aimal has come up with prompts for us to fulfill. Every prompt is inspired by a different castle in Game of Thrones, and for each prompt, you must read a book that has elements inspired by said castle or setting.
Castle Black are the primary headquarters of the Night’s Watch in Game of Thrones. For this prompt, you must read the group book, The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang. Trigger Warnings for the book are: graphic violence, rape, torture, self-harm, addiction, and drug abuse.
I’ve heard this is a really good book so I’m super excited to get into it. I haven’t read the summary for this so I don’t know too much of what it’s about or what happens in it and I think I’d keep it that way. I’d love to try and read a book without knowing what happens in it!
Winterfell is the ancestral castle of House Stark. For this prompt, you must read that is set in a cold environment, either partially or fully.
The first book I’ve chosen to read for this prompt is The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden. This is a fairly popular book series and all my friends have been telling me to read it. I’ve sat down to read this a couple times in the past but for some reason (at no fault of the book tho) have never gotten around to actually reading it. I’ve always been in a reading slump every time I tried reading this book, which is horrible, but now that I’m finally out of it I would absolutely love to read this book! I have heard great things about it, and as someone who loves Russian folklore, I am super excited.
The second book I have chosen for this prompt is Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik. I haven’t heard too much about this book but I read the summary for this a while back and was intrigued, so hopefully I get around to reading this one as well. Spinning Silver is a retelling of Rumpelstiltskin, a fairytale I loved as a kid, and still do. I also heard that the main character in this book is Jewish, which makes me want to read it even more!
King’s Landing is the capital of Westeros. For this prompt, you must read a book about or involving royalty, politics, or government.
For this prompt, I chose A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E Schwab. I recently read Vicious by her and absolutely, absolutely loved it, so I’m super excited to read this one. I know this is quite a popular series so I’m ready to get into this one.
Sunspear is the capital of Dorne, a desert region in the south of Westeros whose people are both ethnically and culturally different from the rest of Westeros. For this prompt, you must read a book that is inspired by a non-Western setting, or read a book by an author of colour or an indigenous author.
For this prompt, I chose to read The Rage of Dragons by Evan Winter, an African inspired fantasy novel. I do not know much about this book unfortunately, as I’ve never head anyone talk about it before on Twitter or Instagram. But I’m super excited to read this because the blurb was absolutely amazing. This book also fulfills the prompt for Valyria.
The second book that I chose to read for this prompt is The City of Brass by S.A Chakraborty. I’ve heard great things about this one and all my friends love it, so this is a book I’m super excited to read during this readathon. Maybe I’ll get to the second book in this series too? Who knows.
Old Town is an old city near the south of Westeros and is home to the famous Citadel. For this prompt, you must read a book about or involving an institution of knowledge or training.
The first book I chose for the Old Town prompt is The Name of the Windby Patrick Rothfuss. I know this is a really popular book and I tried reading it a few years ago but unfortunately I was in a terrible reading slump so I didn’t get past the first few chapters. Hopefully I get around to finishing it this time around. I have very high expectations for this one since it is a very loved book in the bookish community from what I’ve seen.
The second book for this prompt is The Queen of Blood by Sarah Beth Durst. This is one of my best friend’s favourite book series so of course I’m going to finally give this a read. I’ve heard her go on about this for months now and this readathon will finally get me to read it. This one’s for you, bestie! <3
Valyria is an old, ruined city in Essos and is the ancestral home of House Targaryen. For this prompt, you must read a book about or involving dragons.
I’m already reading a book that fulfills this prompt, but I wanted a book specifically for this one. The Ruin of Kings by Jenn Lyons is the book I chose, and it seemed really interesting. I’ve read mixed reviews of this one but I’m rather looking forward to reading it.
Asshai is a port city on the far side of Essos. For this prompt, you must read a dark/grimdark fantasy or read an urban fantasy.
Asshai is the prompt I’m most excited for. My first choice for this one is Rhapsodic by Laura Thalassa. This series is an absolute favourite of mine and I’m so excited to reread the first book. It’s both a dark fantasy and an urban fantasy, so it fits both parts of the prompt well. Vengeful by V.E Schwab is the sequel to Vicious, which I just finished last month in June, so I’m also looking forward to this book.
Happy reading! x