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25 Books to Read If You Love Game of Thrones

A Wizard of Earthsea

"Daenerys Targaryen’s dragons finally got some major airtime on this season of Game of Thrones. If you’re hungry for more, you would do well to check out Ursula K. Le Guin’s signature fantasy series, since her dragons especially are a source of wonder. They are powerful, mysterious, clever, dangerous – and above all, beautiful." C.Holub

The Iron King

"George R. R. Martin himself referred to this series as “the original Game of Thrones.” Though there are no dragons to be found in this 1955 series, the books share Martin’s love of history in all its blood-soaked intrigue." C. Holub

The Bear and the Nightingale

"As the characters of Westeros struggle for survival agains the white walkers, blue-eyed ice demons also haunt this story of Vasilia, a Russian girl living at the edge of the wilderness who must battle familial and political forces even as nightmarish forces approach on the horizon." C. Holub

Red Queen

"Magic and class collide in this tale of a world divided into two factions: The superhuman Silver elite and the great Red masses. Mare Barrow finds herself caught between them, and, like Thrones’ best self-made characters, must use all her wits and powers to come out on top of a complex system." C. Holub

The White Queen

"The ongoing feud in Westeros between House Stark and House Lannister draws a lot from the real-life War of the Roses. This novel goes right to the source in its rendition of Elizabeth Woodville, who rose from obscurity to eventually become Queen of England and a decisive player in that conflict." C. Holub

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms

"By the time of season 7, Game of Thrones’ scope has narrowed significantly to focus on a few key characters and locations. That claustrophobic fantasy is similar to Jemisin’s debut novel, in which a familial power struggle takes place over the span of just a few weeks inside one mystical city.: C. Holub

The Pillars of the Earth

"This account of the meticulous construction of a massive Gothic cathedral shares the fusion of historical events with human intrigue that fans have come to love from Game of Thrones." C. Holub

Dragonflight

"Fans of Daenerys Targaryen and her dragons will delight in this series, which centralizes the dragonrider bond and made McCaffrey the first woman to win both a Nebula and Hugo, science fiction’s most prestigious awards." C. Holub

The Sword of Shannara

"Like Martin, Brooks was heavily influenced by J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. His saga of the fantastic Four Lands is one of the touchstones of modern fantasy. Thanks to its successful adaptation, Shannara has joined Game of Thrones on the TV fantasy landscape as well." C. Holub

Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell

"Like Martin, Clarke brilliantly mixes high fantasy with British politics and culture. Her cast of characters is a lot smaller than Martin’s sprawling epic, but they are each fully realized in their tragic struggles with magic — in all its beauty and horror."
C. Holub

The Half-Drowned King

"The Greyjoys are one of the most vicious factions in all of Westeros. Hartsuyker’s novel is set entirely in their kind of world, in which Viking warriors, maidens, and families collide in a bloody struggle for supremacy. "
C. Holub

The Silmarillion

"Majestic!...readers of THE HOBBIT and THE LORD OF THE RINGS...will find THE SILMARILLION a cosmology to call their own...medieval romances, fierce fairy tales and fiercer wars that ring with heraldic fury...it overwhelms the reader." TIME Those interested in J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle Earth should not be without this grand volume that tells the tragic tale of the struggle for control of the Silmarils, a struggle that would determine the history of the world long before the War of the Ring." C. Holub

Shadow and Claw

Westeros inhabitants staring down an apocalyptic winter could find a sympathetic ear in Severian, who hails from a future Earth where the sun has dimmed and everything is colder. Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Snow would also surely respect Severian’s relentless journey from journeyman torturer to the ends of the earth. C. Holub

The Buried Giant*

"In the wake of war, a mysterious plague of amnesia has struck Britain, causing an elderly couple to forget about their son even as they search for him in the wreckage. The fusion of British history, fantasy, and anti-war philosophy should be familiar to Thrones fans." C. Holub

Iron Council

"As with Westeros, China Mieville’s fictional city of New Crobuzon is an amazing nexus where fantasy, history, and politics collide. All three of his novels set in or around that magnificent steampunk metropolis are worth reading, but Game of Thrones fans will particularly delight in the more political third volume (though fans of House Greyjoy will also enjoy The Scar and its democratic pirate city)." C. Holub

The Collapsing Empire

"Though it is science fiction rather than fantasy, Scalzi’s newest series also paints a world where power is divided into royal families with unique territories and advantages, whose members stop at nothing to kill, seduce, and outwit their way into an advantage over their rivals, even as massive environmental disaster threatens in the background. " C. Holub

Alanna

"Like Arya Stark, noblewoman Alanna of Trebond pretends to be a boy in order to receive martial training. She too eventually becomes one of the greatest warriors in her land. " C. Holub

The Name of the Wind

"Thanks to Lin-Manuel Miranda, Rothfuss’ series is probably set to be the next big multimedia fantasy adaptation. To prepare, check out the series praised by both Martin and Terry Brooks, in which the dangerous young wizard Kvothe tells his own story."
C. Holub

The Last Wish

"Although it’s become most famous as a video game franchise, Sapkowski’s bloody saga of a powerful assassin and the child he is sworn to protect (think of Arya and any of her older mentors in murder) retains its full power in literary form."  C. Holub

Shadowmarch

"After years of ruling the land, the humans of Shadowmarch enter a new era when the “Shadowline” to their north starts moving – and with it, an angry army of fairies determined for vengeance. The tale will obviously sound familiar to all the Westeros inhabitants now in the path of the Night King’s army as it marches through the shattered Wall." C. Holub

The Warded Man

Humans are not as strong as they once were, but the forces of night and darkness are stronger than ever. Just as Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen work to marshal their limited resources against the threat of the white walkers, so Arlen, Leesha, and Rojer struggle to finally save humanity from the demonic corelings.

The Darkness That Comes Before

Game of Thrones isn’t all tits and dragons; characters with a comprehensive and charismatic philosophy, such as Melisandre and the High Septon, have been able to exert great influence in Westeros. Anasûrimbor Kellhus, too, tries using his personal philosophy (though his is based in rationality) to take control of a dangerous holy war.

Lionheart

As Game of Thrones has shown over and over, no hero is safe from intrigue and treachery. Penman’s novel applies that insight to King Richard III and the story of his struggle to reclaim the Holy Land in the Third Crusade.

The King Must Die

"Game of Thrones infused the fantasy genre with real human emotions and motivations. Renault does the same to the legend of Theseus, emphasizing the human flaws that defined one of the greatest Greek heroes." C. Holub

New Books!

Girl in Snow

"From its startling opening line right through to its stunning conclusion, Girl in Snow is a perfectly paced and tautly plotted thriller. Danya Kukafka's misfit characters are richly drawn, her prose is both elegant and eerie--this is an incredibly accomplished debut."

Once and for All

Is it really better to have loved and lost?  Louna's summer job is to help brides plan their perfect day, even though she stopped believing in happily-ever-after when her first love ended tragically.  But charming girl-magnet Ambrose isn't about to be discouraged now that he's met the one he really  wants. 

Lord of Shadows

Sunny Los Angeles can be a dark place indeed in Cassandra Clare's Lord of Shadows, the sequel to the #1 New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling Lady Midnight. Lord of Shadows is a Shadowhunters novel. Emma Carstairs has finally avenged her parents. She thought she'd be at peace. But she is anything but calm.

Small Great Things

With richly layered characters and a gripping moral dilemma that will lead readers to question everything they know about privilege, power, and race, "Picoult offers a thought-provoking examination of racism in America today, both overt and subtle. 

The Hate U Give

 #1 New York Times Bestseller! "Absolutely riveting!" —Jason Reynolds "Stunning." —John Green "This story is necessary. This story is important."  "A powerful, in-your-face novel." Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed. 

Emma in the Night

One night three years ago, the Tanner sisters disappeared: fifteen-year-old Cass and seventeen-year-old Emma. Three years later, Cass returns, without her sister Emma. Her story is one of kidnapping and betrayal, of a mysterious island where the two were held. But to forensic psychiatrist Dr. Abby Winter, something doesn't add up. Looking deep within this dysfunctional family Dr. Winter uncovers a life where boundaries were violated and a narcissistic parent held sway.

The Knife of Never Letting Go

A dystopian thriller follows a boy and girl on the run from a town where all thoughts can be heard — and the passage to manhood embodies a horrible secret.

The Ask and the Answer

Part two of the literary sci-fi thriller follows a boy and a girl who are caught in a warring town where thoughts can be heard — and secrets are never safe. Reaching the end of their tense and desperate flight in THE KNIFE OF NEVER LETTING GO, Todd and Viola did not find healing and hope in Haven. They found instead their worst enemy, Mayor Prentiss, waiting to welcome them to New Prentisstown.

The Bear and the Nightingale

The Bear and the Nightingale spins an irresistible spell as it announces the arrival of a singular talent with a gorgeous voice. At the edge of the Russian wilderness, winter lasts most of the year and the snowdrifts grow taller than houses. But Vasilisa doesn't mind--she spends the winter nights huddled around the embers of a fire with her beloved siblings, listening to her nurse's fairy tales. Above all, she loves the chilling story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon, who appears in the frigid night to claim unwary souls. 

Tower of Dawn

In the next installment of the Throne of Glass series, follow Chaol on his sweeping journey to a distant empire. Chaol Westfall has always defined himself by his unwavering loyalty, his strength, and his position as the Captain of the Guard. But all of that has changed since the glass castle shattered, since his men were slaughtered, since the King of Adarlan spared him from a killing blow, but left his body broken. His only shot at recovery lies with the legendary healers of the Torre Cesme in Antica--the stronghold of the southern continent's mighty empire. And with war looming over Dorian and Aelin back home, their survival might lie with Chaol and Nesryn convincing its rulers to ally with them.

 

 

 

 

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