When I’m not reading A Song of Ice and Fire series, rewatching HBO’s Game of Thrones, or praying to the seven gods to make author George R.R. Martin write faster, I’m looking for something else to keep the Winterfell fires burning until Martin releases the latest installment, The Winds of Winter. For new inspiration, I looked to my iPad. There I spotted half a hundred apps (or less), some of which are as fabulous as Tyrion himself and some of which are as dire as wolves. But I’ve definitely discovered apps that will help pass the time until The Winds of Winter’s release date…
…which is some time in the unspecified yet oh-so-distant future.
These apps were tested on an iPad and the iPhone. None of these are currently available on the Android OS.
George R.R. Martin’s A World of Ice and Fire
The one and only official app isn’t just an encyclopedia of knowledge about Martin’s world. It’s also full of gorgeous artwork. When you first pull up the app, you see one beautiful image transition to the next, and I was drawn into it as much as I was drawn into the books.
Searching is wonderfully smooth. Don’t know how to spell the name Daenerys Targaryen? Just type in “D,” and the search will bring up all “D” names. Considering how many incorrect ways you can spell Dany’s name, this is a boon to the spelling challenged.
You can bookmark your favorite entries, which are thorough and well written. This app will even protect you from spoilers. Just click on the “Books read” button, and it’ll lock down notes from any book you haven’t read.
With info on over 540 characters, plus 380+ place profiles, this exhaustive app is well worth the purchase of $4.99.