‘The Iron King’ by Maurice Druon: Fantasy Book Review

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The Bottled Imp – Episode 24

Fantasy Book Review.

‘The Iron King’
by Maurice Druon

The Imp takes a look at ‘The Iron King’ Book One of The Accursed Kings by Maurice Druon, published by HarperVoyager in 2013.

George R. R. Martin calls this ‘the original ‘Game of Thrones’! Wow! That’s quite a claim. Martin has written the foreword to this edition, explaining the reason why. He states that his book series ‘A Song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones)’ has been described by reviewers, as ‘historical fiction about history that never happened, flavoured with a dash of sorcery and spiced with dragons’. He continues to argue that historical fiction and fantasy are ‘sisters under the skin, two genres separated at birth’.

I’d agree with that assessment whole-heartedly and so ‘The Iron King’ is a strong contender for being a Game of Thrones sibling. Or maybe more of a father or mother as ‘The Iron King’ was published way back in 1955 whereas A Song of Ice and Fire was first published in 1996. I can see many influences from ‘The Iron King’ that Martin has been inspired by when creating his book series but I can also see enough differences too. Fiction, and all creative arts, inspires and influences each creator in turn and it’s fascinating to trace the history of ideas and creativity. The King is dead, long live the King!

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Produced by Julian Newman Turner

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Artwork by Richard Nairn


Master of None says:

So its a historical fiction rather than a fantasy? I actually prefer historical fiction to fantasy (except ASOIAF)

Lester M. says:

Excellent video! Well done. I can't believe you don't have more subscribers. Furthermore, the bell next to subscribed is blocked. Some rubbish about "this action is turned off for content made for kids."

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Alexandre Beaudry says:

You have the charisma of Petyr Baelish…. it's a compliment.

I see the fantasy as a mirror for our reality. For instance in Got, I compare the Targaryen to religious belief. Deanarys being a figure of the vatican and the pope, the dragons the aura of the crusade. The army of the dead are the black plague…..

Scott Harris says:

Not fantasy. Just crappy historical fiction.

Luai Assaedi says:

Will you go back and review the rest of the series?

Khalid Sow says:

I'm in love with game of thrones and I have read it in arabic and I can't wait to get better in English to read all the three books in this great series 😊❤️

myke davis says:

A yank subscribed….yes some of us read

lizbennetgenova says:

did you give up on them? I looked for the other reviews because i'm about starting the series and I didn't find them 🙁

hellspawn3000 says:

Good review man, I finished book 6 today and wow, what a great series! Like many, I started to read this due to GRRM's recommendation, it's not as good as ASOIAF, but this is now easily my second book series ever. The first 4 books are great, but books 5 and 6 are hands down my favorite ones, I could not put them down.

Brian Brecker says:

Just read the Iron King last month. Loved it! I'm on to The Strangled Queen and am already 108 pages in. This series keeps on trucking. If you ever felt like reviewing the sequel(s) from what I've read, I'd highly recommend them.

Adelina Morosan says:

Fantastic review! Just finished the first book and I think you made very good points about the plot and characters. As a big ASOIAF fan, I find this series a good way to pass the time until the next book comes out.

ratboy genius says:

regarding druon's historical accuracy: it depends upon the character, really. with people like louis x and philippe v he's absolutely fantastic but… well, some of his women leave a fair bit to be desired. the worst i can think of it edward ii of england, though – he's just a homophobic caricature.

Pratik adsul says:

which are other similar options for game of thrones other than the accursed king series?

NiksBook World says:

I want to read The Iron King for like a year but never got around to it.

Jordan St Germain says:

Quality review as always, will go searching for the novel tomorrow. Keep up the good work mate.

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