Spotlight on The Accursed Kings, Part III

The last three books of the epic medieval historical series, The Accursed Kings, goes to some strange places. It’s impossible to discuss properly without spoilers, so be warned – as much as seven hundred year old events can be spoiled!

Once again, with each review, I’ll also dig into which Game of Thrones fans would enjoy each novel the most.

Spotlight on The Accursed Kings, Part II

It’s time for mini-reviews, with a Game of Thrones twist.

Following on my last post, introducing the historical fiction series The Accursed Kings, let’s dive into the individual books, starting with the first four.

I know, I originally said three, but as I reconsider these novels, I realize how closely linked in plot and theme the first four are compared to the later novels.

I’m going to give each one a mini-review, similar to my Reading List recommendations posts. In keeping with the Game of Thrones connection, I’ll call out which GoT fans (the TV series, not A Song of Ice and Fire) fit each novel best.

The Accursed Kings, Part I

Epic medieval saga? Check. Long delay between books? Check. Lavish TV adaptation? Check. The Accursed Kings was everything I wanted for a post-Game of Thrones / pre-Winds of Winter fix

When a new English translation of The Accursed Kings series of historical novels was issued in 2013, George R. R. Martin contributed the foreword. He called it “the original game of thrones.” It’s easy to see the connection. Political machinations. Sexy intrigue with murderous results. Feudal families clashing, their bonds tested and frayed.

While the events of The Accursed Kings, taking place in France over the first half of the 14th century, are in the history books, it’s author Maurice Druon’s particular telling that makes it so influential.

But the big question is, does it fill the Game of Thrones shaped void in your heart?