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External Link Race for the Iron Throne: A Clash of Kings. Dr. Steven Attewell, who has written a number of excellent historical analyses for us here on Tower of the Hand, is out with a brand new ebook: Race for the Iron Throne, Vol. II: Political and Historical Analysis of "A Clash of Kings". Volume II is, of course, a follow-up to his highly regarded first book, and continues his expert breakdown of A Song of Ice and Fire with a thorough analysis of A Clash of Kings and its adaptation on HBO's Game of Thrones:

Each one of Clash's 70 chapters is broken down in meticulous detail in four key areas. The Political and Historical Analyses explore the political ramifications that each character's decisions entail while digging into the real-world historical incidents that inspired Martin's narrative twists and turns. What If? offers up a tantalizing look at how these political and historical elements could have played out in dozens of alternative scenarios, underscoring the majesty and complexity of Martin's storytelling. And Book vs. Show looks at the key differences - both good and bad - between the story as originally conceived on the printed page and as realized in HBO's Game of Thrones.

At over 340,000 words, Race for the Iron Throne, Vol. II is nearly an encyclopedia instead of a reading companion - one that will prove to be indispensable to the reader who wants to pick up on every last little flourish in all of Song of Ice and Fire.

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External Link History of Westeros talks Hymn for Spring. The History of Westeros has just released a special podcast dedicated to Tower of the Hand's essay book A Hymn for Spring. Hosts Ashaya and Aziz (authors of the essay "The Curse of Harren the Black") are joined by A Podcast of Ice and Fire's Amin (author of "Songs and Singers of Ice and Fire"), and as a bonus, Aziz covers "The Rains of Castamere" on classical guitar. Listen to the episode here.

Of course, if you haven't already, you might want to pick up Tower of the Hand: A Hymn for Spring first. Our ebook contains eleven original essays written by your favorite TotH essayists and other frequent collaborators. Available on

It Is Known: Seasons 1 - 5 Deconstructed

Ever wanted to watch HBO's Game of Thrones while having immediate access to all 5,000 published pages of George R.R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire series, to see what was changed, what was weakened, and - most especially - what was improved? (It turns out there's quite a few of all three, ranging from the microscopically small to the unbelievably large.)

Stefan and Miles are here to help.

Two new ASOIAF essay books. If you're looking for some last-minute stocking stuffers for your A Song of Ice and Fire loving friends and family, there are a couple of new essay ebooks available right now that should pique their interests. Both are published by our editor Marc Kleinhenz's Blue Buddha Press.

First up is The Supreme Court of Westeros, Vol I, from our very own Stefan Sasse and A Podcast of Ice and Fire's Amin Javadi. For two years, Stefan and Amin have served as arbiters advocating for and arguing against various ASOIAF theories, with the help of a number of guest judges. The book collects some of their rulings and is well worth your time.

Then there is Hands, Kings, & City-States: Analyzing a World of Ice and Fire, by our frequent collaborator Steven Attewell. The Race for the Iron Throne author has been one of the best experts analyzing Westeros with respect to our real world history, and his new book focuses specifically on the Hand of the King and features two new essays among other collected works.

External Link A Hymn for Spring is on sale now! Tower of the Hand: A Hymn for Spring, our second essay book, is officially on sale now at Amazon for $7.99. The ebook contains eleven original essays about A Song of Ice and Fire, written by Tower of the Hand contributors and our frequent collaborators. Editor Marc Kleinhenz worked very hard, through good times and bad, to assemble this collection of essays, and we're all very proud of the end result. If you enjoy the essays we offer here on Tower of the Hand, we're sure you'll appreciate A Hymn for Spring just as well. We're also sure that you'll want to discuss the essays in detail, so be sure to let us know what you think in the dedicated threads below. Thanks, and enjoy!

A Hymn for Spring is now available for pre-orders

At long last, Tower of the Hand: A Hymn for Spring is currently up at Amazon for pre-orders.

Our first ebook, A Flight of Sorrows, was an anthology jam-packed with insightful analysis of the Song of Ice and Fire series, but it only barely scratched the surface of the huge and complex world that George R.R. Martin has created.

Furthermore, with Sorrows only being our first release, we learned a lot from the experience. We've listened to all the feedback - both internal and external - and brought it all to bear on Spring, which has helped to make it the most comprehensive exploration of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros yet.

Here's how:

A Hymn for Spring's new authors, sample, and more

Race for the Iron Throne: Political and Historical Analysis of "A Game of Thrones" has received a major update this week, adding the "Blue Buddha Bonus Section," which includes an exclusive short story by our very own Remy Verhoeve (Slynt) and another sneak peek at our so-big-it's-going-to-burst Tower of the Hand: A Hymn for Spring.


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