Enter to Win “You Win or You Die: The Ancient World of Game of Thrones”!

You Win or You Die Book Cover

We have an exciting new worldwide giveaway for you all here at Watchers on the Wall this week! Thanks to the folks at I.B.Tauris, we’re giving away three copies of the new book You Win or You Die: The Ancient World of Game of Thrones, by Ayelet Haimson Lushkov. With season seven on the horizon but not quite here, this is a great time for summer reading and digging into the rich history and mythology that inspires the extraordinary world of Westeros and Essos.

Entering is as easy as leaving a comment! (More entry methods below)

A little more about You Win or You Die, from the publishers:

If the Middle Ages form the present-day backdrop to the continents of Westeros and Essos, then antiquity is their resonant past. The Known World is haunted by the remnants of distant and powerful civilizations, without whose presence the novels of George R. R. Martin and the ever popular HBO show would lose much of their meaning and appeal. In this essential sequel to Carolyne Larrington‘s Winter is Coming: The Medieval World of Game of Thrones, Ayelet Haimson Lushkov explores the echoes, from the Summer Islands to Storm’s End, of a rich antique history. She discusses, for example, the convergence of ancient Rome and the reach, scope, and might of the Valyrian Freehold. She shows how the wanderings of Tyrion Lannister replay the journeys of Odysseus and Aeneas. She suggests that the War of the Five Kings resembles the War of the Four Emperors (68-69 AD). She also demonstrates just how the Wall and the Wildlings advancing on it connect with Hadrian’s bulwark against fierce tribes of Picts. This book reveals the remarkable extent to which the entire Game of Thrones universe is animated by its ancient past.

The author is an Associate Professor of Classics at the University of Texas at Austin, and has published writings on Game of Thrones in The Guardian. You can say hello to her on twitter at @Dr_AHL.

For those of you who just can’t wait to find out if you’ve won, pick up the book now on AmazonUK (£12.99)! You Win or You Die: The Ancient World of Game of Thrones will be released in the USA on July 25th.

Now, for the worldwide giveaway rules! 

How do you enter? Choose one of these methods, or all three! to earn up to 3 total entries.

Method #1 – Comments: Simply comment on this post, using a valid email so we’re able to contact you if you win!

Method #2 – Twitter: Follow our Twitter, WatchersOTWall, and retweet the You Win or You Die: The Ancient World of Game of Thrones tweet (you must do both for the extra entry). If you already follow us, simply retweet the contest post.

Method #3 – Facebook: Like the WatchersontheWall Facebook page and Like & Share the You Win or You Die: The Ancient World of Game of Thrones post (you must do both for the extra entry). If you already Like our page, simply share the contest post and you are entered!

Entries are accepted until 12PM EDT, Wednesday, June 28th. The three (3) winners will be randomly selected and announced soon after the deadline on June 28th.

**The contest is worldwide** The winners are selected by random drawing. The winner/s must respond within 72 hours of notification or will forfeit their prize and another winner/s will be selected. The winner/s must have a valid shipping address.

Twitter and Facebook are their own entities and are in no way associated with this giveaway.

Good luck and happy reading, everyone!

Sue the Fury
Susan Miller, Editor in Chief of WatchersOnTheWall.com


  1. This could be an interesting read. 🙂

    (We’ll need a good, new, lively thread for discussion so not every post is a contest entry for the next three weeks.) 😛

  2. Have been waiting since a long time to read it ! Seems the next best thing after Dunk and Egg !

  3. “a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone if it is to keep its edge”

    I’d love to read this.

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  5. For the book is dark and full of edits.

  6. Josey Wales: “You’ll be Ten Bears?”

    TB: “I am Ten Bears.”

    JW: “I’m Josey Wales.”

    TB: “I have heard. You are the grey rider, who would not make peace with the bluecoats.
    You may go in peace.”

    JW: “I reckon not. I got nowhere to go.”

    TB: “Then you will die.”

    Josey Wales: “I came here to die with you. Or live with you. Dying aint so hard for men like you and me, it’s living that’s hard…”

  7. I would really love to win,
    though losing’s not a sin,
    not like that time Tywin
    took Shae out for a spin

    But if I were to lose,
    I don’t know which I’d choose,
    either joining the Night’s Watch
    or kicking Baelish in the crotch.

  8. Since it’s combining two of my favorite things in the world (history and a song of ice and fire) I wouldn’t mind winning this! 🙂

  9. I’m sure I’ll never win but I’m sure that’s what the last winner thought.

  10. Love you website and you always come out with the latest before anyone else. Not even the YouTube channels for GOT are up to speed on news as you guys. Great job!!!

  11. Death is so terribly final, while life is full of possibilities and allows you to win and read the book “You Win or You Die: The Ancient World of Game of Thrones”

  12. Every time I don’t win a giveaway, I die a little. But I am resurrected like Jon Snow, hoping that I’ll win next time.

  13. Let’s add a game within the game. The 100th person to parrot “Valar Morghulis” wins an extra prize!

  14. Entering to win! HODOR Hold the door…Never would have guessed that one! And plz don’t kill off Jon Snow because he may still know nothing, but he’s got great hair and is hot as the deserts of Dorne! [email protected]

  15. Man, might have to add this to my reading list. I think it would be fun to gather additional knowledge on the events and people in history that have influenced the world of GoT.

  16. Finally! One of the most fascinating things about this show is the history and mythology it is inspired by so a collation of all those in one book is a dream come true!

  17. Fabulous. I love to see how historical events from our world are woven into ASOIAF. Should be a good read.

  18. This would be an interesting point of view of what we expect if one day GRRRM would finish to write A Song of Ice and Fire saga.

  19. HAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  20. This book would help me through the long, bright, cold nights of a Scottish summer 😉

  21. Rickard Greyjoy:
    It worries me I’m so obsessed with a fictional history of a fictional world.

    Tell me about it!
    It also worries me that I’m so emotionally invested in a fictional family in a fictional world.

  22. Life can be so trying at times: You want summer to pass as slowly as possible., but Games of Thrones arrives July 16 and it seems to be taking forever. Push-Pull, Push-Pull.

  23. You win and you read – there is no middleground.

    Would be superhappy if I was lucky to win!

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